With head coach Steven Kerby back on the sidelines, the visiting Hayden Wildcats rolled to a 42-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 49-12 thrashing of Brewer last Friday night.
Kerby missed last week’s 28-21 win over West Point after his daughter was injured in a car accident. With his daughter now recovering at home, the coach saw his team totally dismantle a Brewer team that has struggled throughout the year.
Corey Ward threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to Brenner Drain and 8 yards to Stephen Phillips as the Wildcats built a quick 14-0 lead.
Freshman quarterback Brandon Butts found Trey Todd for a 40-yard touchdown and Jared Hargett added a 2-yard run and the Wildcat lead was 28-0 late in the first half.
Brewer turned the ball back over on downs and the Wildcats added a 47-yard touchdown pass from Butts to Hargett followed by a 55-yard interception return by Bradley Lovejoy for a 42-0 halftime lead.
The Wildcats’ only score of the second half was a 60-yard connection from Butts to Drain.
Butts finished 8 of 12 for 185 yards and two touchdowns while Ward completed 9 of 13 for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Hargett caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown while Drain caught two passes for 83 yards and a pair of scores. Adam Carlton, who also had an 83-yard kickoff return called back on a penalty, caught two passes for 46 yards.
Brewer (0-8, 0-6 in 5A Region 6) closes out the region schedule this week at home against West Point (1-7, 0-6) while Hayden (3-5, 2-4) hosts Mortimer Jordan (3-5, 3-3).