Ad Spot

Hartselle dominates Chelsea

By By Todd Thompson, Hartselle Enquirer
HARTSELLE - The host wasn’t very hospitable in Wade Waldrop’s homecoming.
Hartselle flexed its muscle early and spoiled Waldrop’s return to J.P. Cain Stadium Friday with a 29-13 victory over Chelsea that was never really as close as the final score.
Marquez Jones rushed for two first half touchdowns and the Hartselle defense put together a solid effort in the win in the season opener for both schools.
Hartselle dominated the game with 415 yards of total offense in the win, with 256 yards coming on the ground.
Chelsea’s defense surrendered 22 unanswered points in the first half as Hartselle took a commanding lead early.
The Tigers took advantage of its full preseason game against Austin a week early to get some game experience. Chelsea, who played its starters for just a little more than a quarter in a preseason game with Childersburg, struggled in the heat against the Tigers.
Jones, who finished with 128 yards on the ground on 29 carries, scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first half to get Hartselle off to a 14-0 advantage.
The Tigers added to the lead with the help of a Chelsea special teams miscue late in the half. A snap went high over the head of the Hornets’ John Calhoun deep in Chelsea territory and the punter kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety.
Hartselle closed out the first half with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Will Lang to Darrell Dye with 15 seconds remaining to push the margin to 22-0.
Hartselle completed 15 of 22 pass attempts for 159 yards with senior Luke Bole handling a majority of the snaps. Will Lang, a sophomore, also played in several series and threw a touchdown pass.
But it was Hartselle’s defense that stood tall on opening night. Chelsea broke one long touchdown pass and had just one other scoring drive in the game.
Chelsea dampened a stellar outing from Hartselle’s defensive unit when Blake Yance teammed up with Blake Woo, who had slipped alone in the secondary and hauled in the pass and went 67 yards untouched for the score.
Josh Slaten scored Hartselle’s final touchdown on a 5-yard run.
Yance threw for another touchdown in the closing seconds of the game when he connected with Garrett Salter on a 5-yard touchdown to trim the final margin to 29-13.
Hartselle will now face Region 8 foe J.O. Johnson Thursday on the road.

At a Glance

Hartselle Holiday Market returns Saturday

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Old Hartselle post office to become event center, new home for chamber  

At a Glance

‘Have a Hart’ information session to be held Dec. 2

Morgan County

Future leader

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Spirit of Thanksgiving: Volunteers deliver 266 food bags on holiday for Meals on Wheels  

At a Glance

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Winter window wonderland  

At a Glance

Council to interview candidates for Parks and Rec director job  

Hartselle

Live nativity scene returns to First Christian Dec. 7-10

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local church prepares 400 Thanksgiving meals

News

HIS students help clean up effort at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 

News

Lovely landscape

News

Morgan buys SUVs to transport seniors, deliver meals

News

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  

News

Morgan teen exhibits grand champion at Alabama National Fair

News

Murder-for-hire defendant seeks bond

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Stadthagen supports

News

SALUTE

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Second grade students in Hartselle honor heroes

News

Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 

At a Glance

Vinemont man killed in single-vehicle crash

At a Glance

Littlest Christmas Tree Farm opens Friday

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Marching on: Pride of Priceville has ‘stellar’ season  

x