Tigers dominate on homecoming

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

It was homecoming week in Hartselle and as the Tigers prepared for their game against the Russellville Golden Tigers, the theme of the week was “there is only room for one Tiger in the den.” Hartselle proved that true Friday night. It what can only be described as pure domination, Hartselle scored mere minutes into the game and never looked back.

After an opening three and out, Luke Godsey connected with Mac Meyer on the first offensive play for a 48-yard touchdown. Hartselle added another score and then another when Keondre Swoopes ran it in from 10 yards out and Godsey connected with Meyer again, this time for a 75-yard touchdown. With 3:20 still left to go in the first quarter Hartselle was already up 21-0, and it didn’t stop there. A punt that went out the back of the endzone resulted in a safety, which gave the Tigers a 23-0 lead. Two plays later and Luke Godsey went streaking around the left side for a 31 yard score. As the first quarter finally ended, the Tigers were already up 30-0.

Hartselle took their foot of the gas some in the second quarter, but still managed to put points on the board. It looked as if Taylor Easterling would get his first score of the night thanks to an eight-yard run, but a holding call brought it back. Still, the Tigers had no trouble getting it into the endzone as Godsey called his own number again, this time for a 13 yard score to put the Tigers up 37-0 at halftime. Hartselle threated to score again as they were deep into Russellville territory, but a fumble negated the threat.

The Tigers made up for their mistake at the end of the first half quickly in the second half. On the second play of the half, Keondre Swoopes raced 58 yards for a touchdown to make the lead 44-0. From there, Hartselle’s backups began filling in as the Tigers ran the rest of the clock down. The Tigers put a cap on the game when Brinton Barclay ran in from four yards out for the score. Hartselle went on to win the game 51-0. Hartselle put up 505 yards of offense while the defense forced a shutout, only one first half first down and two turnovers, one of which was an interception by Houston Wright. Hartselle quarterback Luke Godsey finished with 137 yards passing and two scores to go along with 78 yards rushing and two scores. Mac Meyer had two touchdown receptions of 123 total yards.

After two tough back-to-back losses, a win like this was good for the Tigers. “We played well, but we just have to keep getting better,” head coach Bob Godsey said. “These next four games are huge but when have they not been? We’ve been in this same spot for the last four years where it all comes down to these last few games. We’re going to get back to work this week and see what were made of next week against Hazel Green.”

Hartselle faces a tough road ahead with four key region games. The Tigers need to win three to ensure a playoff spot, as only two wins may get them in and it may keep them out depending on whom they beat and what else happens in the region. Still, the Tigers feel the homecoming win gave them confidence going into that stretch. “It was our homecoming and we were excited, we wanted to have fun. We showed up to play,” Hartselle senior running back Taylor Easterling said. “A good victory like this is going to help us come together as a team and get us hyped up for a big region game.”

Hartselle will host Hazel Green next Friday at J.P. Cain stadium in what could very well be one of the most exciting games, class 6A region 8 has to offer this season.

 

 

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