Hayti football team hands NMCC first loss 34-30

Photo courtesy of Jerry and Kim Taylor
Hayti's Trevontae Stevenson (6) breaks through the Eagles' defense on an 83-yard touchdown run as Hayti defeated NMCC, 34-30.

NEW MADRID, Mo. - The Hayti Indians (3-1) met the undefeated New Madrid County Central Eagles (4-0) on Friday night in New Madrid. On paper, these teams were about as evenly matched as you can get. Coming into Friday night, the Eagles averaged 52 points per game on offense while Hayti averaged 43 points per game. Both defenses were giving up less than 13 points per game on defense. A battle was expected and a battle was what transpired.

New Madrid struck first with 8:20 left in the first quarter on a flea-flicker pass from wide receiver Bryshawn Williams to wide receiver Kenyon King. The two-point conversion made it 8-0. The Indians would tie it up on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Trayvon Thomas to wide receiver Treavion Barber and a two-point conversion to send us to the second frame, tied at eight. Hayti owned the second quarter as they went on a 20-8 point run on three rushing touchdowns from the duo of Adreian Stevenson (48 yards and 1 yard) and Trevontae Stevenson (83 yards), to take an 8-16 lead into the locker room at the half. It was still a two-score game with a full half of football to play.

The Eagles would begin their comeback in the third. Quarterback Matt Riley would find a target for an aerial strike to pull with six points of the lead (28-22) with 7:38 to go in the quarter. Two minutes later, Hayti would answer with a handoff to A. Stevenson for a 33-yard rushing touchdown to make it 34-22. New Madrid would come back with a response less than one minute later when running back Quazavion Jackson took it in from 14 yards out. The two-point conversion was successful and the lead was cut to just four points, 34-30, in favor of Hayti. The most excitement came with less than two minutes to go in regulation as Haytiís Elijah Burnette intercepted an Eaglesí pass at the Hayti one-yard line. With their backs against the end zone, the handoff went to A. Stevenson once again, who took it 75 yards down the field before he was brought down at the Eaglesí 24-yard line. Hayti was then able to run out the clock to secure the victory, 34-30. With the win, Hayti improved to 4-1 while the Eagles suffered their first loss and are now 4-1.

Leading the offense for the Hayti Indians were Adreian Stevenson (16 carries, 189 yards, 3 TDs), Trevontae Stevenson (5 carries, 102 yards, TD) and Treavion Barber (2 catches, 28 yards, TD). Defensive leaders were JahTavion Patterson (5 tackles, 2 for a loss, 5 assists), Adreian Stevenson (4 tackles, 2 assists, 1 hurry), TreCharles McCoy (5 tackles, 2 assists), Quindale Malone (2 tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass deflected), Eddie Wooden (5 tackles) and Elijah Burnette (2 tackles, 1 assist, 1 pass deflected and a big interception late in the game).

This Friday, the Hayti Indians (3-1) will travel to Malden to take on the Green Wave (1-4) in a Class 1, District 1 contest.

Hayti 34, NMCC 30

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Photo courtesy of Jerry and Kim Taylor
Hayti RB Adreian Stevenson (7) makes a cut on a touchdown run to help the Indians knock off undefeated NMCC, 34-30.
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