Vestavia Hills, AL – In a high scoring showdown Friday night at Thompson Reynolds Stadium, the No. 8 ranked Hewitt-Trussville Huskies upset the 5th ranked Vestavia Hills Rebels in a resounding 55-27 victory.
The victory improves the Huskies to 6-2 overall, with a solid 4-1 mark in Class 7A, Region 3 play. The Rebels slip to 5-2, 3-2 record in region play.
The star of the night was undoubtedly Huskies quarterback Peyton Floyd, who put on an show, scoring six touchdowns. Floyd exhibited his dual-threat abilities, going 13-for-19 for 228 yards through the air, including a passing touchdown, and amassing a staggering 239 yards on the ground with five rushing touchdowns. His performance was a key factor in the Huskies’ remarkable 641 total yards for the game.
Floyd’s connection with wide receiver Jadon Loving was on full display, as Loving hauled in 7 passes for 64 yards. Additionally, Jacob Serena contributed significantly with 5 receptions for 38 yards, adding to the Huskies’ potent offense.
Rebels signal caller John Paul Head connected on 17-of-27 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, against four interceptions. Head also demonstrated his mobility by crossing the goal line for a pair of rushing scores. Cooper Mollison was Head’s top receiving target, making 11 grabs for 115 yards.
The first quarter saw the Rebels take an early lead with Keown Richardson catching a 12-yard pass from Head on the opening drive. However, it was the second quarter that defined this thrilling matchup, as the Huskies roared back to take control. Kennedy Mitchell, one of Hewitt’s standout running backs, scored on a 1-yard run. Peyton Floyd contributed significantly to the Huskies’ momentum with touchdown runs of 35, 77, and 8 yards. The Rebels countered with an explosive 98-yard kickoff return by Chase Webb and a 4-yard touchdown run by John Paul Head. The first half ended with the Huskies firmly in the driver’s seat, leading 34-20.
The second half continued to showcase the Huskies’ dominance, as Floyd added two more rushing touchdowns, both from the Rebel 25 yard line. Meanwhile, Mitchell scored his second touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run. The Huskies’ potent ground game, which accounted for 451 yards, played a significant role in securing the win. Kennedy Mitchell, who ran 17 times for 97 yards, made valuable contributions with a pair of rushing scores. Jaqson Melton carried the ball 9 times for 83 yards.
With this impressive victory, the Huskies have positioned themselves firmly in the number two spot in Region 3, securing a home playoff game in the first round. Hewitt-Trussville’s future looks promising, and they will aim to carry this momentum as they welcome the Spain Park Jaguars to Trussville next Friday night. On the other side, Vestavia Hills will regroup as they prepare to face the struggling Oak Mountain Eagles at Buddy Anderson Field next week.