By Gary Lloyd
Hewitt-Trussville has a preparation for the Class 6A playoffs when it hosts Gadsden City on Friday.
Kickoff at Jack Wood Stadium is at 7 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville (4-5, 4-3 Class 6A, Region 6) clinched a playoff berth last week by beating Huffman and Mountain Brook topping Vestavia Hills. Gadsden City (5-4, 5-2 Class 6A, Region 7) is also a playoff team.
The Titans are the only team to defeat Clay-Chalkville this season, a 24-21 home win Oct. 11. Gadsden City has won three straight games, scoring 42 points in each of its last two games. Hewitt-Trussville has won two straight, averaging 46 points in those contests.
Quarterback Ahmad DeRamus is a dual-threat talent for Gadsden City. He rushed for 178 yards and a score while also tossing two TDs in last week’s win at Huntsville. Dante Rudolph can also score on the ground and through the air.
Hewitt-Trussville’s passing game has been superb the last two weeks. Senior quarterback Blake Bailey has completed 33-of-48 passes for 579 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. Senior Riley Stokes has caught 12 passes for 272 yards and four scores in those games, and junior wideout Cyle Moore has grabbed 14 passes for 213 yards and a score in the Huskies’ past two contests.
Hewitt-Trussville will need similar performances Friday. Head coach Hal Riddle would also like to get the running game going with sophomore quarterback Zac Thomas, senior running back Peyton Palmer and others heading into the playoffs.
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