Turnovers hinder Maplesville in loss
By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor
Turnovers proved to be the downfall for Maplesville in the Red Devils’ 33-21 loss to Class 2A opponent Reeltown Sept. 27.
MHS ended up suffering three fumbles in the contest, one of which was returned 70 yards for a Rebels touchdown.
Contrary to the game’s final outcome, it was Maplesville that got on the board first on a promising opening drive.
Latrell Wilson capped it off with a 7-yard touchdown run that put the Red Devils up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Reeltown wasted no time in answering, however, as the Rebels broke a 49-yard touchdown run just over a minute later to even up the score.
The contest seemed destined to be a shootout at that point, but both defenses tightened up for the rest of the quarter.
The Rebels forced a turnover on downs near midfield on the Red Devils’ next possession, and Reeltown went ahead 13-7 on an 11-yard touchdown pass just one play into the second period.
Later in the quarter Maplesville made a drive into Reeltown territory. A MHS ball carrier had his momentum stopped on a run, but before the referees blew the play dead a Rebel defender made the aforementioned strip and score to put RHS up 21-7.
The Red Devils had another drive end at the Rebels’ 20-yard line on a fumble just before halftime.
Reeltown extended its lead to 27-7 on a 34-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, and a goal line plunge two minutes later proved to be Reeltown’s final score of the night for the Rebels.
The Red Devils lost a third fumble before getting back on the scoreboard midway through the closing period.
Quarterback Jackson Abbott capped off a drive with a goal line run to make it 33-13 after a conversion pass failed.
The Red Devils ended up with the ball one last time in the closing minutes.
Abbot connected with Kalyn Hardy on a 48-yard touchdown bomb with 26.3 seconds remaining in the contest to set the final score.
Maplesville falls to 4-1 on the season but remains 3-0 in region play. The Red Devils will look to bounce back when they host 0-5 Ellwood Christian next week in a return to region play.