Blue Devils cruise past Crossville, will play for region title

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Etowah High won its eighth straight game while remaining undefeated in Class 5A, Region 7 play with a 56-21 victory over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 14) in Attalla.

The Blue Devils (8-1, 6-0) ran out to a 35-0 lead before entering halftime ahead 49-0.

Etowah quarterback Daulton Hyatt tossed three touchdown passes, all in the first quarter. After Caleb Horton opened the scoring on a 72-yard touchdown run, Hyatt threw scoring passes to Andy Noles (15 yards), Emil Smith (33 yards) and Brailen Ball (59 yards) to help put the hosts ahead 28-0 after 12 minutes.

The Blue Devils made it 35-0 on Tyrell Boley’s 17-yard TD run before the Lions (3-5, 2-4) got on the scoreboard with Jacob Driskill’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Banks Jolley midway through the second period.

Cory Thomas scored twice before the half, one on an 8-yard run and another on a 17-yard scamper, to send Etowah into halftime with a 49-point lead.

Crossville drew within 49-14 in the third quarter by way of Ganon Porter’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Driskill, while Dalton Peek’s 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown a few minutes later closed the gap to 29 points.

The visitors got no closer, however, as JaKori Stell’s fourth-quarter touchdown run effectively sealed the Etowah win.

For Etowah, Hyatt was a perfect 3 for 3 for 107 yards and three scores. Horton rushed for 120 yards on three carries, while Tubais Hawkins ran four times for 102 yards.

Pointer was 5 for 9 in passing for 117 yards, while Jacob Driskell completed 6 of 10 passes for 59 yards. Andrew Driskell caught seven passes for 110 yards. J. Luther led Crossville in rushing with 82 yards on 17 carries.

Etowah travels to Scottsboro next week in a game that will determine the region title.

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