Hayden’s defense forced the first of six turnovers on the night on Curry’s first possession when Luke Wall recovered a Jacket fumble. Wall caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Corey Ward to cap the 4-play, 37-yard drive. Dylan Putnam’s extra point gave the Cats a 7-0 lead with 9:30 showing on the first quarter clock.
Disaster struck again for the Jackets on their next possession when Hayden’s Walter Finley recovered another Curry fumble. This time the Jacket defense forced a Hayden punt. The Jacket offense coughed up another fumble on their next possession and the Cats’ Reid Trimble recovered at the 28-yard line. Ward and Wall, a deadly combo, hooked up for 16 yards and a score. Putnam added the point after to give the Cats a 14-0 lead midway in the second quarter.
Neither team threatened and the first half ended with Hayden leading 14-0.
Hayden opened the second half with a bang.
The Ward to Wall connection was working, but on a 49-yard pass play, Wall fumbled the ball, but lineman Steven Ballard caught the ball in mid air and rumbled 25 yards to the Curry 8 yard line.
John Smith took over from there and ran in for the score. The point after was blocked but the Cats had a 20-0 lead with 9:25 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
The teams swapped punts until late in the quarter. Hayden’s Parker Sims ran in from 29 yards out to put the game out of reach.
Ward hit Wall for the two point conversion. The Cats had a commanding 28-0 lead with only two minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.
Curry’s passing offense finally started clicking and the Jackets drove 80 yards in just under two minutes when Jarrod Owens took in a 3-yard pass from Bradley Loggins. Loggins added the point after to cut the lead to 28-7 with 20 seconds on the 3rd quarter clock. The Cats added a score late in the game when Sims ran in from 67 yards. Putnam’s point after gave the Cats a 35-7 lead with 4:04 to go.
The leading rusher in the game was Hayden’s Sims who had 114 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. The leading receiver was sophomore WR Luke Wall of Hayden who had five catches for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Wall also had an interception and and fumble recovery on defense.
Curry senior Tyler Hill had eight catches for 70 yards. The Hayden rush defense held Curry to only 33 yards rushing, 14 of that on the final drive.
The win improves the Cats to 2-7, 2-5, while the loss drops Curry to 1-8, 0-7. Next week Curry travels to Cordova.