Hayden hammers Hamilton


Hayden’s Evan Orr (5) escapes a Hamilton defender. -Blount Photographic

Hayden’s Evan Orr (5) escapes a Hamilton defender. -Blount Photographic

The Hayden Wildcats hosted the undefeated Hamilton Aggies for homecoming. The Wildcats dominated the Aggies 28-7.

The game opened with a big play. Brady Green recovered the short kickoff. Two plays later Evan Orr scored his first of two touchdowns on a 21-yard run. Kicker Jacob Dowd was true on the PAT and the Wildcats had a 7-0 lead with 11:12 remaining in the first quarter. Hamilton would answer when Jathan Jackson ran in from one yard. Micheal Garcia tied the game 7-7 midway of the first. The Hayden offense took control of the game on the next drive (18 plays and 80 yards) taking 9:30 off the clock. Orr scored his second touchdown on a 9-yard run and Dowd’s point after gave the Wildcats a 14-7 lead with 9:09 left in the first half. Hayden had another opportunity late in the first half when Nick Purvis intercepted an Aggie pass and returned it from the Wildcats’ 9-yard line to the Hamilton 9-yard line. A penalty behind the play backed Hayden up to the 34-yard line.

Hayden defenders swarm an Aggie running back. -Blount Photographic

Hayden defenders swarm an Aggie running back. -Blount Photographic

Hayden drove 80 yards to begin the second half and scored on a one-yard run by Silas Miller. Dowd added the point after to give the Wildcats a 21-7 advantage with 7:41 on the third-quarter clock. Hayden’s defense forced two Aggie turnovers in the second half. The first on a fumble recovery by Taylor McAdams, the second on an interception by Jason Witt. Hayden rounded out the scoring on a 4-yard run by Connor Jackson. The Wildcats had a convincing 28-7 region win over Hamilton.

Orr led all rushers with 169 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Jackson added 47 yards on four carries and a score. Carson Rickels had 31 yards on 10 rushes and Cole Goolsby had 26 yards on four carries. Silas Miller was 2-for-4 passing for 21 yards.

The win improves Hayden to 2-5, 1-3 in region play, and the loss drops Hamilton to 5-1, 3-1. Hayden travels Friday to face rival Corner. The Jackets defeated Dora 28-0 and come into the game 3-3, 1-3.

Hayden’s Carson Rickels (3) looks for an opening in the Hamilton defense. -Blount Photographic

Hayden’s Carson Rickels (3) looks for an opening in the Hamilton defense. -Blount Photographic