Curry boosts playoff hopes with win over Haleyville

By PATRICK GREGORY, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 10/6/18

CURRY — Curry moved a step closer to the playoffs on Friday night at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium as the Yellow Jacket faithful watched their team battle to a 27-13 win over Haleyville.The Yellow Jacket …

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Curry boosts playoff hopes with win over Haleyville

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CURRY — Curry moved a step closer to the playoffs on Friday night at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium as the Yellow Jacket faithful watched their team battle to a 27-13 win over Haleyville.

The Yellow Jacket defense played a key role in the win as they swarmed the Lions offense all night.

“This is one of those games that you worked hard in the summer for,” Curry head coach Philip Smith said. “We made a couple of moves on the defense and went to making some plays.

“Our defensive coaches made a great game plan.”

Nate South led the charge with 11 tackles and four quarterback hurries. Jody Hester had a huge game with 10 tackles. John Dunagan and Ross Kuriger added nine tackles while Parker Aaron and Martin Martinez finished with eight tackles each. Martinez also had three quarterback hurries. Kuriger also added a sack.

Curry opened the first quarter with a 65-yard drive the took almost five minutes off the clock. That drive was capped off with a one-yard dive into the endzone by Kuriger. The two-point conversion attempt failed and the Jackets led 6-0.

Kuriger, who left the game with a injury, would come back into the game and finish with 63 hard earned yards on the ground with two touchdowns on 13 carries.

The Lions committed their first miscue of the night with 4:33 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Charles McAlpine would be picked off by Curry’s Aaron Oswalt. Oswalt would scamper, twist and turn his way into the endzone for a 57 yard interception return for the score. The two-point conversion attempt failed and the Jackets extended their lead to 12-0.

“McAlpine is one of the best quarterbacks in the state.” Coach Smith said. “But we were able to get pressure on him when we needed too.”

McAlpine threw for 231 yards on 18 of 35 passing for the Lions with a touchdown and interception. He rushed for 42 yards on the night with a touchdown. He was also sacked three times.

The Yellow Jackets would find pay dirt again with 11:50 left in the second quarter. Colton Burton would break loose and rumble 50 yards for the score. The extra point was good and the Jackets led 19-0.

Burton finished with a huge night on the ground. He rushed for 155 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

The Lions put their first points on the board of the night with 13 seconds left until the half. McAlpine hit Camden Smith on a 14 yard touchdown strike to make the score 19-7.

The Lions cut the gap to 19-13 in the third quarter when McAlpine scored from one yard out. 

The Yellow Jackets added their final points of the night with a Kuriger four-yard touchdown run with 8:34 left in the game. Kuriger would add a two-yard run for the two-point conversion attempt.

“Our guys have gone through so much, especially our seniors.” Smith said. “But I told them if we win it opens the door and if we lose it shuts the door.

“The cream rose to the top. This was a huge win for us and our guys believe they can beat anybody.”

Curry plays a key region matchup at winless Cordova next week.