Hayti scores 58 unanswered to route Scott City
When the Scott City Rams went up 9-0 late in the first quarter over the seventh-ranked Hayti Indians (6-1) in Hayti’s homecoming game last Friday night, head coach Dominique Robinson remained calm, cool and collected. Poised, Robinson offered encouragement to his players, and they responded.
After a Scott City field goal and an ensuing touchdown drive, Hayti quarterback Chrivontae Moore helped lead the Indians to their first score, connecting with Tylor Wooden for a 45-yard pass play to set up a L’Darrius McIntyre 3-yard TD run. Moore’s 2-point conversion run attempt was good, and Hayti closed the gap to one point, 9-8, with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. The Indians would go on to score seven more touchdowns and 50 additional unanswered points, defeating the Rams 58-9.
As noted, the Indians found themselves in a first-quarter dilemma. Hayti’s defense played well in the Rams’ opening drive, forcing a three-and-out punt. The Hayti Indians began their first drive at their own 23 but, in an effort to make something happen, Indian signal-caller Chrivontae Moore launched a shovel (shuttle) pass as he was being tackled, resulting in a Scott City interception and field goal. The Rams went up 3-0 at the 7:59 mark in the first period. The Rams would score their first and only touchdown rather quickly after recovering an onside kick on Hayti’s 46-yard line. After the TD, Scott City went up by 9, but that would be end of the Rams’ scoring for the night.
The Indians scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, beginning with a Chrivontae Moore 11-yard scamper across the goal line for six. With L’Darrius McIntyre blasting into the end zone for the 2-point conversion, Hayti took a 16-9 lead with 9:22 showing on the second quarter the clock.
On the Rams’ next drive, they found themselves pinned deep in their own territory and, after a botched snap for a punt, Hayti defensive end Norshawn McIntyre recovered the resulting fumble, giving Hayti a first-and-goal situation. Ivory Winters scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, but the extra point attempt failed to make it through the uprights. Hayti extended their lead to 22-9 at the 4:33 mark of the second period. The Indians scored again with just 11 seconds remaining in the half, putting them up 28-9. Moore found Winters for a 36-yard reception and score.
Hayti’s opening drive of the third quarter featured good runs by Jerrod Covington and L’Darrius McIntyre, helping set up a perfectly played option play from QB Chrivontae Moore to Ivory Winters for a 25-yard Winters sprint to the end zone. The extra point was blocked, but Hayti padded their lead by 25 points, 34-9, with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Rams surrendered a fumble, and the ball was picked up by Larrontae Carter. Hayti began a short drive at the Scott City 23 – all Ivory Winters. At the 8:22 mark of the third period, Hayti extended their lead even further to 42-9.
On the Rams’ next drive, Tylor Wooden snagged an interception, complete with a stout runback. Hayti quickly scored another six points as Ivory Winters capitalized on the good field position with a 19-yard run from scrimmage. DeAnthony Reed burst across the goal line for the 2-point conversion, giving the Indians a 50-9 lead with 7:13 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Hayti scored on a 30-yard rush by John Agnew, completing the route and the barrage of unanswered points against Scott City. Hayti records an impressive 58-9 homecoming win.
After bouncing back from a disappointing loss to Malden, Coach Robinson was asked how he motivated his team to recover. “We were just motivated to keep playing our football. Even though we’re a young team, we know what we have to do to keep getting better,” he said after the big homecoming victory. “We’re going to be alright. They played hard, and they bounced back.”
Hayti finished the game with 389 yards of total offense to Scott City’s 161. Hayti recorded 15 first downs, and Scott City had nine. The Indians gained 298 yards on the ground and 91 through the air. As for individual rushing, Ivory Winters had 91 yards on seven carries. Chrivontae Moore was 4-for-43, and L’Darrius McIntyre rushed for 66 yards on seven carries. Covington recorded 28 yards and McCoy 26.
In the receiving department, Winters snagged two passes for 46 yards, while Wooden picked up 45 yards on two receptions
Defensively, Hayti was paced by Cedric Barber with seven tackles. Jashauntii Downey had six tackles and Ivory Winters five. Logging in four tackles each were David Covington, Tylor Wooden and Norshawn McIntyre. Larrontae Carter had three tackles and three assists, and Matthew Wilson tacked on three tackles and two assists.
The Battle of the Bootheel is this Friday night, Oct. 6 as the Indians travel over the Interstate overpass to take on the Caruthersville Tigers.