Hartselle celebrates Senior Night with 37-6 victory over Hazel Green
The Hartselle Tigers closed out the home portion of their schedule Thursday night when they hosted the Hazel Green Trojans at JP Cain Stadium for a non-region matchup.
It was Senior Night for the Tigers, and they celebrated the careers of 24 teammates playing their final regular-season home game.
The seniors made sure the Tigers would leave the field victorious one more time, as they led Hartselle in every facet of the game in the 37-6 victory over the Trojans.
Brinten Barclay led the Tiger offense, as he ran for 179 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns. Ian Bodine finished the game with four receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown.
On defense, Jackson Boyer had three tackles for loss, including a sack, and Ryan Langston had two tackles for loss and a sack. Addison Parker and Grayson Taylor each had a fumble recovery.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard first when Cal George connected with Jayce Dubose for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 8:08 left in the first quarter. Hartselle had six plays that covered 52 yards, taking 1:46 off the clock on the scoring drive.
The Tigers would extend their lead to 14-0 on one play early in the second quarter, when George connected with Dubose for an 87-yard touchdown pass – their second TD connection of the game.
George got his third touchdown pass of the half when he hit Bodine for a 27-yard pass with 4:08 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers added a 30-yard Crawford Lang field goal as time expired in the second quarter to take a 24-0 lead into halftime.
The Tigers took the second-half kickoff and proceeded to go on an 11-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a Barclay 11-yard touchdown run. Barclay had six carries for 42 yards in the drive that gave Hartselle a 31-0 lead.
Hazel Green got its only score of the night with 10:21 left in the game, when PJ Mahoney scored on a six-yard run to make the score 31-6.
Hartselle answered the Trojan score with another touchdown run from Barclay. He scored from 21 yards out to give the Tigers their final points of the game and a 37-6 final score.
George finished the game eight of 17 for 187 yards and three touchdown passes.
Hartselle (4-5, 2-3) will close out the regular season with a road trip to Scottsboro Friday night. The Tigers will open the playoffs on the road at 6A Region 8 champion Fort Payne Nov. 8.