For The North Jefferson News
HAYDEN — When the Corner Yellow Jackets and the Hayden Wildcats get together on the football field, it’s known as the “Backyard Brawl.” On Friday night, the Wildcats won the brawl, 34-21.
The Cats took the opening kickoff and drove 67 yards for the score. Jason Warden scored from 16 yards out. Keith Marsh added the point-after to give Hayden an early 7-0 lead.
Corner would drive the length of the field on their first possession. Hayden's Brian Jones intercepted a Jacket pass at the goal line to stop the drive.
Midway through the second quarter, Hayden would find pay dirt again. Gavin Brown ran in from the 1-yard line. Marsh's point-after kick put the Cats up 14-0 with 5:15 left in the first half. Corner broke in the scoring on a 1-yard run by Caleb Hoyle. Katilynn Geddings added the point-after to cut the lead to 14-7 with 1:22 in the first half.
Neither team would score in the third quarter, but the fourth quarter had plenty of fireworks. On the first play of the final period Hayden's Warden ran in from eight yards out. Marsh's point-after extended the lead to 21-7. Again the Jackets answered on a 62 yard run by Devin Cuda. Geddings added the point-after to cut the lead to 21-14 with 9:57 remaining in the game. Hayden took the ensuing kickoff and drove 55 yards for the score. Brown scampered in from the five, to put Hayden up 28-14 with 6:20 to go.
Hayden extended to lead to 34 - 14 following an interception by C.T. Camardella. Jason Warden dazzled the crowd on a 31-yard run. The kick failed, but the Cats had a commanding lead. The Jackets scored with 29 seconds on a 1-yard run by Casey Marcrum, for the final score.
The leading rusher in the game was Corner's Cuda who had 167 yards on 13 carries. Hayden's Jason Warden had 151 yards on 18 carries. Hayden's Camardella had three catches for 69 yards. The leading tackler for Hayden was Matt Stewart with 15, Owen Hargett added 14 more.
Hayden ends the season at 2-8, after a two-game winning streak. Corner ended up 1-9.