By Robert Bradford
North Jefferson News
SPRINGVILLE — Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers.
Springville turned five Hayden mistakes into points, and came away with a 35-0 win Friday night in the regional opener for both teams.
The opening possession of the night for the hosts at their own 10-yard line on the first fumble of the night. Two plays later, running back Brandon Felder scored from one yard out.
After a Hayden punt the Tigers drove to the Cats’ 30 before the Hayden defense held to take over on downs. The second Hayden fumble was recovered on the next play and Springville again had a short field to work with. Fullback Tyler Sumpter scored on a 1-yard play, and Jayson Lipscomb ran in for the 2-point conversion.
After the teams swapped punts, Hayden committed their third turnover of the night. The Cats defense forced a 38-yard field goal attempt, which Jordyn Witt blocked with 6:40 left in the first half.
Hayden was forced to punt on their next possession and the Tigers were in business at the Cats' 39 yard line. Running back Jody Garrison scampered in from 39 yards. The pass failed on the 2-point conversion, but Springville led 20-0 with just under five minutes left in the half.
Hayden was forced to punt again and the Tigers would get a late score on a 17-yard run by Isaiah Benson. Garrison ran the 2-point conversion in to give the Tigers a 28-0 halftime lead.
Springville took the second half kickoff and drove 77 yards for the final score of the night. Garrison struck again, this time for a 20-yard score.
Late in the third quarter the Cats got as close as the 4-yard line before another fumble ended the drive. Then again Hayden got to the 15 with just over five minutes to go, but committed their fifth fumble of the night.
Dylan Putnam lead the Wildcats with 63 yards on 11 carries. Blake Adams had 31 yards on 15 touches, Pat Hargett added 29 yards on five carries and Leonard Johnson added 25 on seven rushes.
The Wildcats (0-2, 0-1 region) host Moody for their home opener Friday night.