By Zack Steele
For The Tribune
HOOVER — The Hewitt Huskies are playoff bound again under Josh Floyd after a 35-10 win over Spain Park. In Floyd’s tenure, Hewitt has made the playoffs in all but one season.
Hewitt-Trussville jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead at Spain Park, and cruised to the victory.
After a failed attempted onside kick to begin the game from Spain Park, the teams traded punts. Hewitt then put together a 67-yard drive, capped off by a Peyton Floyd to Brett Moseley touchdown pass with 1:25 left to go in the first quarter.
Spain Park could do nothing in their next possession, and Hewitt wasted little time as Floyd found Kadius Barnes for a 60-yard touchdown pass. The drive only took four plays as Hewitt jumped out to a quick lead, 14-0.
Another Jaguar punt followed as Hewitt’s defensive scheme befuddled the Spain Park quarterbacks all night.
Floyd led another long scoring drive, tallying 14 plays and another 67 yards, including a nine-ard run for a score to cap the drive, pushing the score to 21-0.
Spain Park gave the ball back to Hewitt with just under a minute to go before halftime. The Huskies took advantage with a lightning-fast drive resulting in another touchdown run by Floyd right before the half.
The two yard score was a back breaker for Spain Park, and the Huskies took a 28-0 lead into the break.
In the second half Spain Park showed some resilience, taking the second half kickoff and marching 72 yards for a score, with Derick Shanks finding pay dirt. Hewitt led 28-7 with around nine minutes to go in the third quarter.
After a Riley Rigg punt, Spain park was on the move again, this time driving to Hewitt’s 11 yard line before a holding penalty stalled the drive. Spain park settled for a 34 yard Alex Lloyd Field goal, making the score 28-10.
Hewitt could do nothing on their next possession. With the momentum shifting, the Jaguars looked to trim Hewitt’s lead to 11. However a tremendous hustle play by Hewitt’s M.J. Smith, who looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he flew across the fiend to make a touchdown saving tackle at the 22 yard line.
Spain Park drove to the Hewitt 4 yard line, but a costly fumble in the wildcat formation, followed by an unsportsmanlike penalty on Spain Park, pushed the ball all the way back to the 37 yard line. Spain Park then turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert on a fourth and 35 play.
Hewitt’s offense finally awoke from their halftime slumber with a 76 yard drive, almost completely on the ground. Floyd found senior Noah Walls for the final score of the game. Walls made a circus catch as he reeled in a tipped ball and managed to get both feet down in the end zone for the score .
Spain Park would not threaten again, as Hewitt earned another road victory in region play.
Hewitt improved to 4-2 in the region and 6-3 overall, assuring themselves at least a #3 seed in the playoffs.
The Huskies will play Chelsea in their homecoming game next Friday.