HUSKIES DEFEAT SPAIN PARK, ADVANCE TO
The Hewitt-Trussville football team improved to 11-0 on Friday night as they defeated
Spain Park 33-21 in the first round of the AHSAA State Playoffs. It marks the second year
in a row that the Huskies won their first round game. "Give Spain Park credit," Head
Coach Josh Floyd said, "They played their tails off, but we knew they would, they're a
really good football team. But we talked all week about how the more physical football
team would win, and in the end we showed that."
The first half was a defensive battle. In the second quarter, junior quarterback Paul Tyson
used his legs to pick up a big first down. The drive stalled, but Parker Colburn connected
on a 29-yard field goal to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. The Huskies defense held again and
the offense got the ball back. This time the Huskies would not settle for a field goal. Tyson
stepped up in the pocket and threw a 16-yard rifle shot to Logan Pitts. The extra point was
good and the team led 10-0 at halftime.
On the first drive of the 3rd quarter the Huskies forced a fumble and Christian Renda
recovered. Tyson led the offense down the field and capped the drive by rushing in from
3-yards out. Hewitt led 17-0. Spain Park battled back and scored with just over five
minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The score cut the Husky lead to 17-7.
Spain Park attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but the Huskies recovered.
Parker Colburn booted a 31-yard field goal to extend the lead to 20-7. On the next
offensive drive, Hewitt marched 93 yards for the score. Tyson found Pitts for seven yards
to finish the drive. The Huskies had a 27-7 lead.
Spain Park continued to battle and scored on its next two possessions. With just under
four minutes left the Jaguars had cut the lead to 27-21. That is when Elliott McElwain
stepped up for his team. He caught a Tyson pass and raced for 32 yards for a first down.
He finished the drive with a touchdown run of eight yards. Malachi Moore recovered a
Jaguar fumble on the following kickoff to secure the win.
The Huskies will be at home in round two as well and will host the Hoover Buccaneers.
Kickoff is set for 7pm on Friday November 17.