The Blue Devils fell to South Caldwell 14-13 Friday night in their home opener at Thomas E. Brown Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Ethan Rhodes found Dylan Abernethy from 34 yards out to give Maiden a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds into the second quarter.
However, Spartan quarterback Avery Raynor connected with Spencer Piercy for a 7-yard hookup later in the quarter, and Piercy carrie in the 2-point conversion to give South Caldwell an 8-7 lead.
Raynor added a 3-yard TD run in the fourth period that extended the Spartans’ lead to 14-7, but the conversion run attempt failed, leaving Maiden down just one score.
Isaiah Thomas 4-yard scoring run with 6:32 remaining in the contest drew the Blue Devils to within one point, but the 2-point conversion pass attempt failed, leaving South Caldwell with a one-point advantage.
Maiden (1-1) would take the ball into Spartan territory on their final drive and get as far as the South Caldwell 37-yard line, but an interception on the game’s final play sealed the win for the visitors.
Raynor finished the night with 115 yards on 15 carries for the Spartans, with a touchdown through the air and on the ground. Piercy carried the ball 13 times for 79 yards.
For the Blue Devils, Amarion Craig led the ground game with 69 yards on 18 carries, while Rhodes completed 10 of 19 pass attempts for 174 yards and a score.
Abernethy hauled in four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, and picked off a pair of passes on the defensive side. Brennan James had 88 yards receiving on six catches.
Maiden will travel to Bunker Hill this week, while South Caldwell (2-0) plays host to Bandys.
Statistics provided by Rick Mitchem