By BRANDON SUMRALL and THE SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER
TRUSSVILLE – A Class 7A, Region 3 matchup between the Oak Mountain Eagles and Hewitt Trussville Huskies on Friday, Sept. 7, turned into a heavyweight slug fest as the teams went blow-for-blow all night. However, it was the Huskies that managed to make the last play in a back-and-forth affair for a 52-47 win over the visiting Eagles.
“I am proud of our kids and the way they battled,” Oak Mountain head coach Cris Bell said after the game. “Just a bunch of average guys that just play their hearts out and I wouldn’t trade them for anybody.”
Hewitt Trussville wasted little time highlighting their passing game as University of Alabama committ Paul Tyson connected with JaVarrius Johnson for 46 yards that set the Huskies up with a first-and-10 at the Eagles’ 34. Two Huskie first downs later and Cameron Bledsoe capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Hewitt-Trussville up 7-0.
Oak Mountain proved with its third play from scrimmage that it was ready for a battle as Evan Smith took the snap and bounced off left tackle for a 70-yard touchdown run that tied the game 7-7.
The tie was short lived, however, as Tyson found Johnson once again, this time for a 66-yard touchdown strike to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead.
A fourth-and-3 on their ensuing possession saw the Eagles forced into a rare punt from the Huskies’ 44-yard line were the ball bounced into the end zone for a touchback.
A pair of quick first downs by Hewitt Trussville moved the Huskies out to their own 41 where Tyson handed off to Armoni Goodwin who raced 59 yards for a Hewitt-Trussville touchdown to make it a 21-7 score late in the first.
A failed fourth-and-six for Oak Mountain at the Huskies’ 36-yard line led to a turnover on downs that set Hewitt-Trussville up at its own 36 where a pair of 24- yard passes from Tyson to Sean Jackson moved the Huskies down inside the red zone. There Tyson connected with Dazalin Worsham for a 4-yard touchdown to make it a 28-7 Hewitt lead.
“We dug ourselves a whole early, you can’t get behind 28-7,” Bell said. “The good thing is our kids fought back.”