Minor too much for Hartselle

Hartselle can’t overcome costly mistake as Tigers fall to Minor

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

Last week was as an emotional win as it can get for the Hartselle Tigers when they defeated Albertville. After three years of losing in the first round, Hartselle finally moved on and were set to host their first home playoff game since 2012. However, the team they would be hosting was the Minor Tigers. Minor had made some serious noise this year in class 6A but averaging an astounding 51 points per game. Hartselle knew their task was tall.

Hartselle struck first when quarterback Trevor Oakes connected with Seth Garner to move into Minor territory. However, Hartselle would stall and then punt. Minor would get the first points on the board when Jaylond Adams took a screen pass to the house to make it 6-0. Hartselle would answer by moving to the Minor 11 with big passes to Garrett Wade and Taylor Easterling, but they world be forced to settle for a Beau Nosal field goal to cut the lead to 6-3.

Hartselle’s momentum would grow when Connor Landers picked off a Minor pass on the next drive. However, Minor would get an interception of their own and then Jacure Jackson connected with Adams again to make the score 12-3.

Hartselle moved back inside the Minor 15 on the next drive after Oakes found Garner for a 47 yard pass to the Minor 12. However, penalties set the Tigers back and they forced to settle for a field goal which was missed.

Hartselle moved back inside the Minor 15 after Keondre Swoopes picked off Jackson in Minor territory. However, a false start would push Hartselle from third and 1 to third and 6 and then the Tigers dropped a pass that would have converted it. Hartselle would go on to turn it over on downs. Minor would pick Oakes off once more which led to a touchdown run by Jacure Jcakson to make it 20-3 at halftime.

As the second half started, Minor struck first to make the lead 28-3. Hartselle retaliated when Oakes connected with Luke Godsey for a 16 yard score to cut the lead to 28-10. However, Minor would tack on two more scores to make it 40-10. Jordan Stover would put Hartselle’s last points on the board with a touchdown run to cut the lead to 40-17. Minor would go on to win 48-17.

“We got beat by a very athletic team. We had our chances early but we didn’t get it done.” Hartselle head coach Bob Godsey said. “I thought our kids played hard but give them (Minor) credit. We knew were outmanned coming in and they are going to be a tough team to handle going forward.” Hartselle ends their season with a 9-3 record.

Player of the game: Seth Garner. It was a tough night for the Tigers but the play of Garner was a bright spot. He accounted for over 100 yards receiving including two catches of 40 plus yards.

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