By Zack Steele, For the Tribune
TRUSSVILLE – Hewitt Trussville raced out to a 49-0 halftime en route to a 56-14 annihilation of Bob Jones in the first round of the 7 A playoffs Friday night. Hewitt used suffocating defense and the usual quick strike offense to throttle the Jones Patriots, the number 3 seed from Region 4.
Hewitt took the opening kick and wasted little time as Jacqson Melton raced 33 yards on the game’s opening play. Peyton Floyd would find Dylan Pope, who muscled his way into the end zone after making a contested catch at the 2 yard line. Tripp Ward added the PAT and Hewitt quickly led 7-0.
After a three and out and a muffed Bob Jones punt, Hewitt was in business again, and Kennedy Mitchell wasted little time going13 yards in 1 play. Hewitt quickly led 14-0.
Bob Jones would go three and out again, and Hewitt would quickly take advantage of the short field again, as Kennedy Mitchell exploded through a hole and went 54 yards untouched for the score.
Hewitt would later score on a 28 yard Deuce Alston touchdown run, a 62 yard Jett Loving touchdown reception, a 23 yard Jacqson Melton touchdown reception, and a 3 yard Peyton Floyd touchdown run.
All the while, the Hewitt defense was wreaking havoc on the Bob Jones offense, which managed only 3 first downs in the first half.
Hewitt would add another touchdown in the second half when James Kelly went off tackle for 55 yards and a touchdown.
With a running clock in the second half, Jones would manage two touchdowns against mostly Hewitt reserves. The final score was 56-14 Hewitt.
After the game, Josh Floyd praised his defense. “Our guys have been getting better all year on that side of the ball. That was a tough physical offense we played tonight with a 1300 yard rusher.”
Hewitt nows turns their attention to Hoover, who dominated their region 4 opponent James Clemons 42-16.
“If you’re gonna get to the 7A championship you pretty much have to go through the Hoover Bucs at some point. I don’t expect anything but their best it’s hard to beat someone twice in one season.” Said Floyd
Hewitt will host Hoover on Friday night in Round 2.