Mauldin High’s senior class excelled in the first half of Friday night’s homecoming game against Dorman, which the Mavericks eventually lost 51-34.
“Our seniors have been great leaders,” Mauldin coach Lee Taylor said. “I expect them to be great for the rest of the season.”
Mauldin senior defensive lineman Charles Freeman forced a fumble in the end zone with 8:11 left in the first quarter. Fellow senior lineman Brian Murray recovered the ball to give the Mavericks an early 7-0 lead.
“That play gave us a jump-start,” Taylor said.
Senior running back Beau Craft scored on a 2-yard run to give Mauldin a 14-3 lead.
“We (the senior class) work hard and try to be good leaders,” said Craft. “We practice hard and go all out all week. We have good leaders all around. We want to set a positive, good example for the underclassmen in practice, in the classroom and especially on Friday nights.”
Senior quarterback Dre Massey passed for three touchdowns to close out the half.
“Dre is a really complete football player,” Craft said. “We have so many playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.”
Massey passed to fellow senior C.J. Thomas on a 4-yard slant pattern to give the Mavericks a 21-10 lead.
Because of an injury, Thomas also played an unfamiliar role on defense in the second half.
“We asked C.J. to do some stuff that he hadn’t done all year,” said Taylor. “He stepped up and didn’t complain one bit.”
Massey passed to senior wide receiver Parker Wyatt for scores of 8 and 37 yards to conclude Mauldin’s first-half scoring.
“Beau had a great block on the first touchdown,” Wyatt said. “Dre is a great athlete. We are glad to have him on our side.”
The Mavericks led 34-25 at halftime.
Mauldin had just three possessions on offense in the second half because of Dorman’s powerful running game, and the Cavaliers scored 26 straight points to close out the game.
The Mavericks (4-2, 1-1 in Region 2-AAAA) will host Gaffney on Friday.