AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) – The Maplesville football program is building a dynasty.
The Red Devils beat Pickens County 40-12 in the 1A state football championship game at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Thursday evening, giving them three state titles in a row and extending their current winning streak to 23 games in a row.
Senior running back Terence Dunlap had 38 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns, earning MVP honors for the third straight year.
Dunlap has gained a total of 681 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 75 carries in the three state championship games (2014, 2015 and 2016). Maplesville also played for a state championship in 2013 but Dunlap, a freshman at the time, broke his ankle in the playoffs and did not get to play.
Dunlap started the scoring with a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give the Red Devils a 6-0 lead. Kevin Mims scored on a 2-yard run early in the third period and Dunlap added a 5-yard TD run later in the quarter as Maplesville built a 20-0 lead.
After Pickens County scored two quick touchdowns (on a kick return and interception return) Maplesville scored three touchdowns in the final quarter – an 11-yard run by Nate Watson, a 1-yard run by Dunlap and a 2-yard keeper by quarterback Brent Schoener.