Hayden tops Curry in overtime

Yellow Jackets suffer first loss

HAYDEN — Hayden thwarted Curry’s two-point conversion attempt in overtime, leading the Wildcats to a 30-28 victory over the Yellow Jackets in their Class 5A, Region 6 on Friday night. Hayden took the opening drive 59 yards for a score, capped by a three-yard run by running back Austin Turner. Sheridan Miller’s point after putting the Wildcats up 7-0 with 7:49 on the first quarter clock. After forcing a Jackets’ punt, Hayden’s Turner scored his second of three touchdowns on a one-yard run. Miller’s point after gave the Wildcats a 14-0 with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter. Curry’s Colton Aaron intercepted a Hayden pass to set the Jackets up for their first score of the night. Curry’s Wendall Ball caught a four-yard pass from John Moon for the score. The Jackets’ attempt at the two-point conversion failed, but Curry had cut the lead to 14-6 with 8:32 to go in the first half.

Curry tied the game at 14 late in the third quarter on a five-yard run by Peyton Luster. Luster added the two-point conversion with 5:31 remaining in the quarter. The Wildcats would answer on a 42-yard pass from Sheridan Miller to Cody Snow. The extra point was blocked but Hayden (2-2, 2-0) had a 20-14 lead with 3:21 remaining in the third. Curry would get their only lead of the night on their next possession when Moon hit Aaron for seven yards and the score. Moon ran the two-point conversion in to give the Jackets a 22-20 lead with 9:27 remaining in the game. After a great kickoff return by Hayden’s Turner, the Wildcats had a first and goal at the seven. On third down, Hayden fumbled and Curry recovered at the one. On the second play, Hayden’s Ethan Hallmark tackled a Jacket running back in the end zone for the safety and the two points to tie the game with 6:57 to go. The game went into overtime tied at 22. Curry (2-0, 0-1) won the toss and elected to go on defense. On third and goal from the seven, Turner scored to put Hayden up 28-22. Turner added the run for two to give the Wildcats a 30-22 lead. Curry scored on their first play of overtime on a 10-yard pass from Moon to junior Colton Burton. The pass failed on the try for two and Curry had dropped a heartbreaker 30-28.