By Johnny Sanders, Sports Editor
CHELSEA – The Hewitt Trussville Huskies were left licking their wounds after last weeks surprising blowout loss to Spain Park. You had to wonder if the Huskies would respond by laying down or by coming out Friday night with something to prove. After whipping the Chelsea Hornets 49-20, it’s pretty clear that the latter of the two was the choice for Josh Floyd’s boys.
With 9:11 to go in the first quarter, the Huskies had driven down to the one-yard line where Jaqson Melton would punch it in to make it 7-0 Huskies. Before you knew it, Hewitt had the ball again and this time Peyton Floyd would find tight end Donovan Price from six yards out to put his team up 14-0 at the 6:20 mark of the first. That is how the quarter would end.
In the second, Chelsea would get on the board with two field goals, the last one coming at the 5:44 mark of the quarter. With the score now 14-6, Floyd would find another target, this time Jadon Loving, for a 55-yard bomb for the score to put Hewitt up 21-6 with 4:31 to go before the break. With just 17 seconds to go in the half, Floyd would hit his third touchdown pass of the game, this time finding Jaqson Melton from 19 yards out to make it 28-6 at the half.
Chelsea started the third quarter with the ball, but Owen Robison would pick off a Hornet pass to set Hewitt up with the ball again. Floyd would tuck the ball away and run it in from five yards out with 8:08 to play in the third period. Less than two minute later, Floyd would find Loving for a 48-yard touchdown to make it 42-6 Huskies and the rout was on with 6:42 to go in the third quarter.
Hewitt would allow Chelsea to score in the fourth but Delvecchio Alson would answer with a 75-yard blast to make it 49-13 with just 9:14 to play. Chelsea would tack on another late touchdown, making the final 49-20.
With the win, Hewitt locks up second place in 7A Region 2, behind top seeded Thompson, guaranteeing a first round home game.
Hewitt Head Coach Josh Floyd said, “I thought our defense played really well tonight. Offensively, we made some big plays. We are excited that we get to host a playoff game as the two seed. It’s never easy to make the playoffs out of this region so that’s definitely an accomplishment for our team. That’s obviously not the end goal. We want to win a championship. We just have to go one week at a time.”
That goal begins with a likely visit from Bob Jones in round one of the playoffs on November 10.