The Hayden Wildcats knew going into Friday night’s game at Locust Fork that they needed three things to happen to make the playoffs. Two-out-of-three ain’t bad but it wasn’t good enough as Hayden posted a 41-7 win but still lost the playoff tiebreaker when Curry beat Cordova.
Locust Fork got out to an early lead when Geoffrey Bramblett connected with Clay Smith on a 42-yard touchdown pass just over halfway through the first quarter.
Hayden answered with a 9-yard run by Jared Hargett, followed by a two-point conversion run from Corey Ward for an 8-7 lead.
Ward hit Brandon Butts on a 10-yard touchdown pass and the Wildcats got a break on the final play of the first half when Ward found Hargett on a 31-yard touchdown pass.
The Wildcats got a 1-yard touchdown run by Ward late in the third quarter to extend the lead.
Hargett added a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter for his third score of the night.
Playing his final game as a Wildcat, Hargett had 141 yards on 27 carries and caught two passes for 35 yards.
Locust Fork finished the year 1-9 while Hayden won four in a row to end the season at 5-5.