Finale sweet for Tigers
Hayden blows out West Grand to end season on a high note
West Grand Hayden
8 First Downs 15
32-102 Rushes-Yards 33-446
7-14-0 Comp-Att-Int 2-5-0
140 Yards Passing 15
242 Total Yards 461
6-37 Punts-Avg. 0-0
1-0 Fumbles-lost 4-0
2-15 Penalties-Yards 5-40
SCORE BY QUARTERS
West Grand 00-00-06-06 - 12
Hayden 20-07-14-06 - 47
H - 7:41 Mitchel Doolin 14-yard run. (Ty Dunckley kick)
H - 5:00 Logan Foster 65-yard run. (Dunckley kick)
H - 1:00 Coy Letlow 32-yard run. (Kick failed)
H - 4:55 Letlow 1-yard run. (Dunckley kick)
H - 11:42 Letlow 40-yard run. (Dunckley kick)
WG - 7:22 Sky Handyside 44-yard pass from Tim Ritschard. (Kick failed)
H - 5:45 Letlow 35-yard run. (Dunckley kick)
H - 9:35 Jake Walker 29-yard run. (Kick failed)
WG - Drew Klotz 45-yard pass from Travis Gore. (Kick failed)
WG - Justen Strang 5-(-8), Chase Hill 9-12, Connor Widener 13-79, Gore 3-16, Ritschard 2-3.
H - Letlow 13-190 4 TD, Doolin 1-14 1 TD, Foster 4-124 1 TD, Jake Walker 9-90 1 TD, Brian Hoza 4-15, Ben Williams 3-13.
WG - Tim Ritschard 6-13-0 95 yards 1 TD, Gore 1-1-0 45 yards 1 TD.
H - Doolin 1-3-0 9 yards, Graig Medvesk 1-2-0 6 yards.
WG - Hill 2-9, Handyside 2-75 1 TD, Widener 1-3, Cody Hartman 1-8, Klotz 1-45 1 TD.
H - Billy Zehner 1-9, Fulton 1-6
Hayden senior Coy Letlow was just trying to spread the wealth.
Approaching the goal line after having rolled through the West Grand defense in Friday night’s football game, he reached out and attempted to hand the ball to fellow senior Braylin Wertenberger, who ran stride for stride with Letlow.
Wertenberger, a part of the offensive line that blasted open gargantuan holes all night, was totally unprepared for the gift, and the ball tumbled to the field.
Letlow pounced on it after it had rolled 1 yard into the end zone, and Hayden notched another score.
It’s hard to blame the generous running back – there were more than enough touchdowns to go around as the Tigers easily won their season finale football game. Letlow scored four times, and Hayden racked up 446 yards rushing en route to a 47-12 victory.
“I was trying to hand it off to my lineman. I was joking around on the sideline, telling them I’d get them a touchdown,” Letlow said. “We couldn’t have done it tonight without the line.”
The win came on the heels of last week’s playoff-denying loss at Meeker. Still, the Tigers appeared upbeat and ready to play from the opening kickoff. They dominated the early going on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, Hayden (5-4, 2-3) proved stout. West Grand didn’t register an offensive gain of more than 1 yard until midway through the second quarter.
The Tigers only logged one sack, but they constantly were harassing any Mustang unlucky enough to touch the ball in the backfield.
“It was just playing aggressive and keeping our minds in the game,” senior Logan Foster said about the defensive intensity.
Hayden was equally powerful on the other side of the ball.
Senior Mitchel Doolin fumbled the ball on the 20-yard line early in the first quarter, but he managed to scoop it up and follow a brigade of blockers in for the Tigers’ first touchdown.
“That was kind of wild,” Doolin said, laughing after the game. “The ball was on the ground. I grabbed it and got a couple good blocks.
“All of our backs ran the ball really hard, and they weren’t wrapping up. We were able to run right over the top of them.”
The Tigers wouldn’t need as much luck later in the half. Foster plowed through the middle of the defense and ran 65 yards for a touchdown before Letlow scored his first from 32 yards out.
After Letlow added another in the second quarter, diving in from 1 yard, the game was in hand and junior varsity players began to dot the field.
“Offensively, we were able to fire out. Our line did a good job getting on their blocks, and all of our backs ran hard,” Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. “Our goal coming in was to control the line of scrimmage, and we were able to do that on both sides of the ball.
“As a team, the way we came back was great. We could have hung our head (after being eliminated from the playoffs) and said it was over, but we didn’t, and I’m proud with the way we responded.”
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