Hartselle avoids upset

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle holds off last minute comeback to escape trap game.

Since football was created, there have always been trap games, and as history goes sometimes, those trap games haven’t turned out well for the favored team. Therefore, when Hartselle traveled to Russellville on Friday Sept., 23, it was hard for fans not to be a little nervous. The Tigers were coming off one of their most emotional wins in school history by defeating Muscle Shoals in double overtime and were going on the road to play Russellville in a non-region game. To make things worse, this game would come before a critical three game stretch against three region opponents that will determine whether Hartselle becomes region champions. Meanwhile, Russellville, who is a class below Hartselle, has been no slouch on the gridiron as they came in with an undefeated record and ranked number eighth in class 5A.

Early on the Tigers showed no signs of playing sluggish. Trevor Oakes started the game hot as he connected with Luke Godsey twice and Chandler Briggs to move inside the red zone. Oakes then found Garrett Wade for the touchdown to put Hartselle up 7-0. However, Russellville would respond with a touchdown of their own when Zaye Boyd broke a 91 yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7.

Just when it seemed like Russellville had the momentum, Mac Meyer returned the ensuing kickoff all the way for a touchdown to give Hartselle the lead back 14-7.

Hartselle would keep their foot on the gas the next drive as Oakes again led the Tigers to the red zone this time by connecting with Godsey and Connor Burks. Oakes would then connect with Seth Garner for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

Things would only get worse for Russellville as Houston Wright picked off a pass on the next drive to set Hartselle up with good field position. Hartselle quickly capitalized as Oakes found Briggs for a 14 yard touchdown to make it 28-7. Russellville would stop the bleeding some by kicking a field goal to cut the lead to 28-10 at halftime.

Then it got interesting.

Russellville came out in the second half and drove down the field, capping the drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead 28-17. Hartselle would extend it to 31-17 but the Golden Tigers would respond with another touchdown to cut the lead to 31-24 early in the fourth quarter.

However, Hartselle would respond on the next drive as Oakes connected with Garner on the first play for a 59 yard touchdown score to make it 38-24.

Still, Russellville would fight back by first converting a fourth down, and then throwing a touchdown pass that was just over the bump and run coverage Hartselle was playing. The score was now 38-31.

Things would only get worse for the Tigers as Russellville intercepted Oakes’ pass on the next drive and returned it for a touchdown as the Golden Tigers tied the game 38-38 with just three minutes left.

However, the Tigers wouldn’t panic and Oakes would connect with Godsey on a huge third and long play to move the ball to the Russellville 30 yard line. Keondre Swoopes would then carry it 20 yards inside the Russellville 10. Swoopes would bang it in a few plays later to give Hartselle the 45-38 lead. Hartselle finished the game when Gunnar Wiggins made a tackle on a hook and ladder play and the Tigers took the win 45-38.

After the game, Hartselle Head Coach Bob Godsey was pleased with how his team handled adversity. “I love the way this team competes. We didn’t do a lot of things right and Russellville did” Godsey said, “I’m proud of Trevor. He threw a pick but he showed poise, came back and led them to the win. I’m proud of how our guys found a way to win.”

Player(s) of the game: Seth Garner, Luke Godsey, Garrett Wade, Connor Burks, Chandler Briggs and Mac Meyer. It was hard to pick just one receiver in this game as the whole receiving corp did an outstanding job. The receivers accounted for five of the six touchdowns and did an excellent job of not only making catches but also getting plenty of yards after the catch. They also came up with several clutch catches including Godsey’s catch to keep the game winning drive alive and Garner’s touchdown catch to give Hartselle life in the second half.

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