The Cullman Bearcats couldn’t run the ball but it didn’t matter. The visitors piled up 329 passing yards and six first-half touchdowns in a 42-19 season-opening win over the Hayden Wildcats last Friday night.
The Wildcat defense was ferocious against the run limiting the visitors to just 35 yards on 19 carries for the game. The longest run of the night for Cullman was a 19-yard sprint by John Adams with 9:09 to play in the first quarter for the first score of the game.
Bearcat quarterback Dylan Skipper completed 21 of 25 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns.
The Hayden offense was shut down in the first half but came to life over the final two quarters as the home team finished with 193 total yards.
Reese Butts fired a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes – four yards to Seth Gardner and 32 yards to Seth Haggenmaker.
Butts hit Jared Hargett from a yard out in the fourth quarter for the final score of the evening.
Issac Veitch led the Wildcat ground game with 60 yards on 15 carries.
Butts completed 7 of 13 through the air for 93 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Gardner caught three passes for 30 yards and Veitch had three receptions for 15 yards.
Zachary Henderson led the hayden defense with 12 tackles while Troy Fines added eight. Matt Brown and Jordan Buckner had seven tackles each.