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Red Devils overcome slow start

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

The Lions struck first early in the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead, and early in the second quarter struck again to put Verbena in a 14-0 gap.

Anothony Miller put the Red Devils on the board first with a 28-yard field goal, and with 6:14 to go in the second quarter Hakeem Underwood scored on a 60-yard run to cut the Lions lead to 14-9.

Dorrian Parker went in from 28-yards out to put Verbena out in front at the half 16-14.

With 8:56 to go in the third quarter, an Underwood seven-yard touchdown carry put Verbena up 23-14.

A Lions punt put the Red Devils up 30-14 and with 3:53 left in the third, Underwood scored again from nine yards out to put the Red Devils lead at 36-14.

Hubbertville scored early in the forth to cut the lead to 36-20 and gathered the onside kick to set up a three-yard touchdown run that cut the Red Devils lead to 36-28.

Another onside kick set Verbena up at their own 48-yard line and on the first play, Parker broke loose for a 52-yard touchdown run to put Verbena up 43-28 with 8:52 to play.

The Lions scored again with under three minutes to go on a three-yard touchdown run to make the score 43-34.

With 2:54 to play, Underwood scored again, this time on a forty-seven yard run to bring the score to 49-34 and with 2:17to play, Tristan Short scored on a 14-yard run to bring the score to its final of 56-34.

Underwood lead the Red Devils run game with 155 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. McCullough lead the Verbena defense with 18 tackles.

The Bears win over the Eagles clinched a playoff birth for the Red Devils.