After a thrilling first half with the lead constantly changing hands, Mauldin’s defense held Wade Hampton scoreless the rest of the way, and the Mavericks nailed down a 48-23 road win in a Region 2-AAAA matchup.
Mauldin quarterback Dre Massey showed his power through the air and on the ground as his team improved to 4-1 (1-0 in the region).
Wade Hampton running back Shaheem Stupart, who rushed for 306 yards in his previous game against Woodmont, had all three of the Generals’ TDs.
That wasn’t by choice.
“We lost two running backs during the game (Kaiser Moss and Quez McCarroll). When we go down to having one running back, it makes it tough. McCarroll was able to get back in but was hobbled. We just couldn’t finish off our drives,” said Wade Hampton coach Kent Haltiwanger.
Both teams scored on each possession of the first half save one. The Generals (2-4, 0-2) ran out of time when they started a drive with under a minute remaining before heading to the locker room.
Wade Hampton had taken the early lead on Noah Shively’s field goal. Logan Edwards countered for Mauldin with a 53-yard score. Stupart scored from five yards out with 2:45 left in the first quarter to stake Wade Hampton to a 9-7 lead.
In the second period, the scoring see-saw continued with Massey’s 12-yard quarterback keeper. Stupart had an 8-yard-TD rush halfway through the period, and the two-point conversion had the Generals back on top 17-14.
Mauldin’s Beau Craft and Stupart traded 1-yard TD rushes, with a failed two-point conversion attempt by the Generals, but they had the lead, 23-21 at 2:25. It would be the last time Wade Hampton had the advantage.
Before the break, Massey connected with Parker Wyatt on a 30-yard TD missile, and the Mavericks were up, 28-23.
Wade Hampton was successful with an onside kick to open the third period, but couldn’t score.
As the Maverick defenders made adjustments, Massey put on an offensive clinic. He scored on a 25-yard pass to Taz Richardson in the third period. In the fourth, Massey tacked on a TD runs of 7 and 9 yards, respectively.
“They’re a fantastic wing-T team,” Mauldin coach Lee Taylor said of the Generals. “When our defense stepped up and played hard in the second half and our coaches did a great job of making adjustments at halftime, we took them out of what they were trying to do.”