Hayden playoff hopes dashed

The Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils used an opportunistic defense and a balanced offense to shoot down the playoff hopes of visiting Hayden in a 35- 14 victory last Friday night.

Mortimer Jordan got on the board late in the first quarter on a 10-yard run by Marquis Dobbs.

On the ensuing possession, Hayden looked to answer when disaster struck. Cameron Holzhauer stepped in front of a Corey Ward pass and streaked 90 yards on the return. The two-point pass was incomplete but the Blue Devils led 13-0 with 11:20 to play in the first half.

Hayden answered on the next drive when Zacary Henderson scored on a 3-yard run. Aaron Witt knocked home the extra point and the Blue Devil lead was just 13-7 with 8:52 to play in the first half.

Two minutes later, the Blue Devils hit on a big play when Orion Recke found Rod Washington on a 58-yard toss. The try for two appeared to be stopped but James Rogers fell on the ball in the end zone and the Blue Devil lead was up to 21-7.

The Wildcats took the next possession deep into Mortimer Jordan territory but the drive stalled and the visitors came up empty on a 32-yard field goal attempt.

The defenses controlled the start of the second half but injuries were mounting for Hayden.

Mortimer Jordan, which rushed for just 53 yards in the first half, got a big play from Dobbs when he bolted 55 yards for a score midway through the third quarter to give the Blue Devils a 28-7 lead.

Hayden again answered when Ward finished off a drive with a 7-yard toss to Trey Todd to cut the lead to 28-14.

The lead grew to 35-14 when Dobbs scored on a 5-yard run to start the final period.

On the next possession, the Wildcats put together a lengthy drive but the 10-play march ended on downs at the Blue Devil 11 and the home team was never seriously threatened after that.

Hayden had chances. The Wildcats bad the ball inside the Mortimer Jordan 20 on five of their 11 possessions and rushed for 221 yards on the night.

However, the Wildcats managed just 85 yards passing – compared to 162 for Mortimer Jordan – and lost the turnover battle 2-0.

Isaac Veitch led the Wildcats with 102 yards on 26 carries while Adam Roberts had 10 carries for 87 yards.

Ward completed 9 of 18 passes for 85 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Witt caught three passes for 40 yards while Veitch had two receptions for 17 yards.

Henderson led the Wildcat defense with 11 tackles and while Nathan Turley and Houston Stewart had nine apiece.

Hayden (4-5) hosts Locust Fork (0-9) this week.