Devils win anticipated rivalry game
A fumble by the Panthers on their next possession set the Maplesville offense up at the Jemison 27, and with a 1-yard touchdown run by Chambers, the Devils retook the lead, 35-28, with 9:51 to play.
The Panthers (5-4, 4-3) answered on their next possession when King broke loose for 36 yards and a touchdown, tying the game at 35-all with 6:35 left to play.
Chambers found Kelvin Hall for a 22-yard touchdown reception and a 41-35 lead with 4:43 remaining.
With one last shot to force overtime, with 21 seconds to go and facing a fourth and 7 at the Maplesville 16, Cameron Andrews picked off a Hatch pass attempt and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown, sealing the win for the Devils.
“We haven’t played in several years; both teams played extremely hard,” MHS coach Brent Hubbert said. “That’s what you expect in a game like this.”
King finished with 172 yards on 23 carries for Jemison, while Chambers finished with 132 yards through the air, and Mitchell added 116 on the ground.
The Red Devils will play host next Friday night in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Jemison will go on the road in the first round of the 4A playoffs.