Running with the big dogs

Published 8:35 pm Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maplesville performed well against Class 5A and 6A competition at a passing camp at Auburn University on June 11-12, but the trip was a costly one.

The Red Devils—the only school smaller than 5A represented at the camp—went 3-2 in pool play on the first day of the camp. In fact, the Devils handed Banneker (Ga.)—University of Georgia passing camp champion—its only pool play loss, 28-20.

Maplesville then lost to Charles Henderson, 28-26; defeated Chapel Hill (Ga.), 37-24; defeated Wilcox-Central, 27-21; and lost to Auburn High, 34-33.

Those results gave Maplesville a No. 5 seed in the next day’s tournament. The Devils lost to Auburn, 38-31, and lost to Beauregard, 27-25.

Blake Crumpton had three interceptions against Chapel Hill, and coach Brent Hubbert also said Brian Bailey, Chris Bailey, Matt Hamner, James Madsen, Hunter McCay and Dustin Stevens all had outstanding performances.

Maplesville’s time at the camp came to a disheartening end when, in the last game of the day, against Smiths Station, standout receiver and linebacker Brian Bailey suffered a knee injury that will force him to miss his senior season.

The two teams did not even finish the game.

“He had received several letters from schools that were recruiting him,” Hubbert said. “I don’t like it, but there’s nothing I can do about it.”