Hayden The Hayden Tigers ended a seven-year losing streak to league rival West Grand Friday night.
The Tigers scored 22 points in the first half and cruised to a 22-6 victory over the visiting Mustangs.
"It is nice to end the streak," Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler said. "Tonight, the players played with intensity, passion and emotion."
Hayden jumped on the scoreboard quickly by taking the opening drive 50 yards in five plays.
Junior quarterback Kevin Miller put the Tigers in the lead on an option play. Miller kept the ball and ran 22 yards for the score. Senior Josh Giessinger successfully kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.
Hayden scored its second touchdown midway through the second quarter. The Mustangs were forced to punt from their own 14-yard line, giving the Tigers the ball in good field position.
The Tigers scored when Miller hit senior tight-end Matt Miner with a pass in the end zone. The Tigers added a 2-point conversion when Miller threw a similar pass to Miner.
Hayden broke the game open on West Grand's next possession. Starting at the Mustangs' own 40-yard line, Giessinger intercepted a pass on the first play.
The senior defensive back, who also is the team's starting running back, returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown. His extra point made the score 22-0.
In the second half, Hayden's defense stopped the Mustangs' repeated scoring drives.
Three times in the second half, the Mustangs drove inside the Hayden 10-yard line but could not score.
The Mustangs scored with 8 seconds left. The score was setup when Hayden fumbled.
For the game, Walden led the team in rushing with four carries for 110 yards. Giessinger carried the ball 20 times for 73 yards. Miller completed four passes for 32 yards.
The game was the first league match up for both schools. The win improved Hayden's record to 2-2. West Grand is now 1-3 on the season.
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