Big plays prove too much for Isabella

Published 12:27 am Saturday, October 8, 2016

Maplesville’s Nathaniel Watson stiff-arms Jordan Campbell of Isabella. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

Maplesville’s Nathaniel Watson stiff-arms Jordan Campbell of Isabella. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

By Brandon Sumrall

Special to the Advertiser


A once heated rivalry renewed on Friday night with plenty of hype, as the undefeated Isabella Mustangs played hosted to the undefeated Maplesville Red Devils.

A standing room only crowd and numerous media outlets packed into Bill Nabors Field expecting to see a good game, but the Red Devils dashed all hopes with a 59-14 win over the Mustangs.

The Mustang (6-1 Overall; 3-1 Region) defense got the home crowd pumped up to start the game with a quick three-and-out by the Red Devil offense, but were unable to find the end zone after the Maplesville punt.

With the first play of their second drive, the Red Devils (6-0; 4-0) offense turned to their workhorse, as Terence Dunlap busted a 71-yard touchdown run to put Maplesville up 7-0.

Isabella started their ensuing drive at their own 20 and answered the Red Devil score with one of their own when Jaqarise Stacy connected with Blake Henderson on a forth and goal from the 9 to tie the game at 7-all.

The tied score would not last long as Dunlap again put his team on top with another long touchdown run, this time from 76 yards out to give Maplesville a 13-9 lead.

After a four-and-out by the Mustang offense, the Red Devils got things going through the air as quarterback Thomas Schooner connected with Nathaniel Watson for a 36-yard touchdown to make the score 19-9 to start the second quarter.

A failed fourth down attempt set the Red Devils up for another scoring drive as Schooner and Watson connected again, this time from 54-yards out for another Red Devil touchdown to bring the score to 27-9.

With another four-and-out by the Mustang offense, the Red Devils began to pour it on as Dunlap once again broke a long run and took it to the house from 77 to give Maplesville a 33-7 lead at the half.

Another Dunlap touchdown to start the third quarter was answered by a 1-yard touchdown by Stacy to make the score 39-14 late in the third quarter.

Watson, Grayson Bice and Ryan Morrow combined for three second half touchdowns for the Red Devils to finish out the game and gave Maplesville the 59-14 win.

“Regardless of the score I thought both teams played extremely hard,” Maplesville Head Coach Brent Hubbert said. “It was an extremely hard played football game. I am proud of my guys, I am proud of the way our offensive line played, and I am extremely proud of the way our defense played.”

Dunlap racked up 348 yards with four touchdowns on 19 carries for the Red Devils, while Watson led the Maplesville receiving core with 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Austin Brasher led the Mustangs with 49 yards on 14 carries.