HUEYTOWN, Alabama -- Quindarrius Mayes scored three touchdowns as #4 Hueytown takes down #6 Bessemer City 56-7 at Hueytown High School on Friday night. Hueytown scored four rushing touchdowns and four passing touchdowns in the big Class 6A, Region 4 contest. With the Hueytown win, it gives the Golden Gophers the inside track to the region championship.
Hueytown (7-0, 4-0) led 28-7 at the half and didn't let up in the second half. "These guys come out and do what we ask them to do and I'm really happy for our players," said Golden Gophers head coach Greg Patterson. "This is a big game in our kids mind and I'm proud of them. It has been a long process and our kids have worked hard since the summer. They came out and played great tonight."
Hueytown came out and scored first in the game when Alex Young hit Mayes on a 34-yard touchdown pass play and the Golden Gophers took the 7-0 lead with 5:43 left in the first quarter. With 9:28 left in the first quarter, Young found Mayes again but this time it was a 31-yard touchdown reception for Hueytown. With the score, the Golden Gophers led 14-0 early in the game.
Bessemer City (6-1, 3-1) scored on a Rishard Densmore to Ananaias Ware 22-yard touchdown pass play for the Tigers. With the score, Bessemer City cut into the Hueytown lead but the Golden Gophers still led 14-7 with 5:51 left in the second quarter. With 4:16 left in the half, Antonio Mason scores on a 2-yard touchdown run and Hueytown leads 21-7 late in the second quarter.
With only :49 seconds left in the half, Roydell Williams scores on a 2-yard touchdown run and Hueytown took a 28-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. "Everyone working together as a unit," said Golden Gophers DL Mike Hines. "We all had to do our jobs and we did it. We did a good job of focusing on the game and didn't let the outside destractions bother us this week. The D-line are like brothers. We fight for each other. We worked hard this summer and it is paying off for us."
In the second half, it was all Hueytown coming out of the half. Hueytown took the kickoff and scored on their first possession. Young found Williams on a 40-yard touchdown pass play for the Golden Gophers and they led 35-7 with 10:55 left in the third quarter. With 10:02 left in the third quarter, Young threw to Mayes for a 34-yard touchdown play and the Gophers led 42-7 still early in the third quarter but this game was getting out of hand quickly. Mayes had 103 yards on four receptions and three touchdowns on the night.
With 3:57 left in the third quarter, Mason scored on a 2-yard run and Hueytown led 49-7. The last touchdown came on a Mike Carpenter 5-yard touchdown run with 9:21 left in the game.
Hueytown had over 500 yards of offense in the game. QB Young completed 11-of-14 passing for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Williams (Alabama commit) had 93 rushing yards, 87 receiving yards and completed a 40-yard pass while scoring two touchdowns on the night.
“We’re not disciplined at all. Throughout the game, and we’ve know it all year, we got our issues," said Tigers head coach Andrew Zow. "We got some things we got to clean up but our guys have to understand you got to play the game between the whistles and you can’t talk to the refs. We got to do a better job of that and it’s no sense in the way we played tonight.”
Zow took over the program late in the summer this season when Bessemer City had to replace their head coach from last year. Zow had no spring or summer program and the senior class has done a good job of playing for each other coming into this game, but things were not very good for Bessemer City on this night. Densmore was injured twice with an ankle injury that limited his carries and linebacker DeMarkus Cunningham was banged up in the second half and had to come out of the game.
Up next, Bessemer City travels to Brookwood while Hueytown will travel to McAdory.