Jaguars can’t keep up with No. 2 Hewitt-Trussville

Published 11:10 pm Friday, September 21, 2018

HOOVER – A visit from the state’s second-ranked team on Friday, Sept. 21 was a bad time for Spain Park’s football team to try to get back on track.

The Jaguars (1-4 overall, 0-3 Class 7A, Region3) matched Hewitt-Trussville’s scoring output in the first and fourth quarters, 13-13, but were outscored 31-0 in the second and third quarters combined for a 44-13 loss.

The setback extends Spain Park’s losing streak to four games—the longest such streak for the program since 2008—and further dims the team’s playoff hopes.

SPHS now has a week off to try to figure out how to snap the skid on Oct. 5 at Thompson.

The first quarter of Friday’s game gave Spain Park hope it could hang with the visiting Huskies (4-1, 3-0).

After forcing a three-and-out on Hewitt’s first possession, the Jags drove down the field to the Huskies’ five-yard line before an interception in the end zone by Creed ended the threat.

Hewitt-Trussville turned the turnover into points with an 80-yard drive that saw quarterback Paul Tyson convert a third-and-8 with this legs then, on the next play, Armoni Goodwin punched it in from the 3-yard line.

Spain Park answered as Jalen Henderson returned the ensuing kickoff from the goal line to the 41-yard line and then later found paydirt on a seven-yard run as he ran over a defender at the goal line.

The point-after try was unsuccessful, and SPHS still trailed, 7-6.

A perfectly executed onside kick by Drake Tabor was also recovered by the kicker, but the drive stalled on a failed fourth-and-1 play.

Hewitt made it 14-7 on a seven-yard pass from Tyson to Dazalin Worsham with 4:55 remaining in the first half, and three minutes of game time later, Tyson passed to Ja’Varrius Woolen-Johnson for a 46-yard touchdown on fourth-and-4.

Though they trailed at halftime, Spain Park was competitive in the contest, but the first few minutes of the second half put the game out of reach.

Hewitt-Trussville scored on its first four possessions of the second half, on a run by Goodwin, pass from Tyson to Worsham, field goal by Parker Colburn and run by Sean Jackson.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, could manage only one first down in that period.

They did score the game’s final points on a three-yard run by Harrison Barker.

Hewitt-Trussville outgained Spain Park, 418 yards to 234.

Barker completed eight passes in 14 attempts for 27 yards.

Henderson rushed 16 times for 89 yards and was also the team’s leading receiver with five catches for 31 yards.

Mike Callens rushed eight times for 50 yards.

Josh Wallace paced the Spain Park defense with 10 tackles.