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Abbeville falls to Mars Hill in Class 2A state title game

Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 8:28 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WTVY) - The Abbeville Yellow Jackets were in their first state championship game since 1971, and despite a valiant effort, the rushing attack and defense of Mars Hill was too on the afternoon as the Panthers captured their second state title in three years with the 56-14 win over the Yellow Jackets.

After an opening drive that saw Abbeville move the ball into Panther territory, the Yellow Jackets unable to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Things got worse when senior quarterback Martavious Glanton had to leave the game due to injury. Abbeville only able to muster 117 yards of offense against the Panthers.

On the flip side, Mars Hill could not be stopped on offense piling up 521 yard with 299 of those on the ground.

Peyton Higgins rushed for 163 yards while Justus McDaniel added 77 yards and four touchdowns.

Rico Dozier led Abbeville on the ground with 51 yards.

Jayven Anderson had 9.5 tackles to lead the Abbeville defense.

After the game, head coach LaBrian Stewart giving his team all the credit for putting the Yellow Jackets on the map.

“One of the things we talked about this morning is no matter what the outcome of this game was, they are winners,” said Stewart. “What we wanted to do was be able to win a state championship to change the mindset but to be champions. As far as the lessons and things they learned, they haven’t been any trouble for us and they are truly going to be missed.”

Abbeville finished the year at 12-2.

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