Oak Mountain falls just short against Hewitt-Trussville

By STEPHEN DAWKINS | Staff Writer

NORTH SHELBY – Two turnovers doomed Oak Mountain’s football team in a 50-33 setback against visiting Hewitt-Trussville on Friday, Sept. 6.

The host Eagles (1-1 overall and 0-1 in Class 7A, Region 3) trailed by one possession at halftime, 22-14, and by five points, 38-33, going into the fourth quarter.

But 12 unanswered points by the Huskies (3-0, 1-0) in the final frame put the game out of reach.

Runs by Hewitt’s Sean Jackson, from 27 yards out with 10:32 on the clock in the fourth quarter, and Cade Carruth, from one yard out with 5:10 remaining, were the game-deciding scores.

Hewitt-Trussville’s Sam Johnson returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, but the Eagles had a brief lead with less than one minute remaining in the first quarter when Evan Smith passed to Noah Young for a 21-yard touchdown and Hogan Morton added the point-after.

Trussville then scored on a 48-yard run by Jackson, a two-point conversion pass from Carruth to Omari Kelley and a 45-yard run by Armoni Goodwin.

Smith answered with a two-yard run to make it 22-14 at halftime, and Eagles cut into the lead again with a 15-yard touchdown run by Judah Tait and a two-point conversion from Smith to Young.

Goodwin’s five-yard scoring run and two-point conversion run made it 38-27, and then Oak Mountain scored its final touchdown on a one-yard run by Smith.

Hewitt-Trussville outgained the Eagles 559 yards to 426 yards and 28 first downs to 25.

Smith completed six passes in 11 attempts for 64 yards and added 65 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Both Tait (18 carries for 181 yards) and Jonathan Bennett (19 carries for 116 yards) eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for OMHS.

Young caught four passes for 39 yards, and Zach Taylor and Juston Taylor each had nine tackles for the Eagles defensively, followed by Chase Schwender with eight tackles.

The region road does not get any easier for the Eagles in the coming weeks, as they visit Thompson on Sept. 13 and visit Hoover on Sept. 20.