Martin Middle suffers first loss of season against Maplesville

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

Martin Middle School’s Kerry Kendrick, center, tries to break a tackle against Maplesville during a game at Dallas County High School on Thursday. The Bulldogs fell 39-0 for their first loss of the season. -- Robert Hudson

PLANTERSVILLE — The Martin Middle School Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, as they fell 39-0 to the Maplesville Red Devils on Thursday.

Jerry Harrison, head football coach of the Bulldogs (2-1), said his team just got off to a slow start and never recovered.

“We came out a little sluggish, we got behind early and that took us a little bit out of our game plan,” Harrison said. “We didn’t tackle very well, we didn’t wrap up. We ran the ball pretty well at times, but we were having a hard time blocking their linebackers. Their linebackers did a great job stepping up and stopping our option.”

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The Red Devils got on the board early in the first quarter when Terrance Dunlap ran in from one yard out.

Maplesville quarterback Cole Spencer found Stevonte Bradley on a short pass to add the 2-point conversion and make it an 8-0 game with 3:29 left in the opening quarter.

Maplesville continued its momentum when Spencer found Jerry Nix on a 35-yard pass that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Nix one play later, which made the score 14-0 with 2:20 left in the quarter.

Maplesville added another touchdown in the first quarter when Michael Hunt broke loose on the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown run that made it a 20-0 game with 36 seconds left in the first.

Maplesville added three more touchdowns in the game, including one off a fumble recovery.

Harrison said the Red Devils are a tough opponent, and the Bulldogs will work hard to bounce back from the loss.

“It was a tough loss and they’re a good team,” Harrison said. “They have a real good program at Maplesville and that’s just something that we’ve got to keep working towards.”

The Bulldogs will take the field again Tuesday at Billingsley with kickoff at 6 p.m.