For the second time in three weeks the Yellow Jackets battled back from a two-touchdown deficit to pick up a Class 5A, Region 6 victory.
On Friday night, Hayden was the victim as Curry rallied from a 22-7 halftime deficit for the 23-22 victory, improving to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in region play.
Against the Wildcats, Curry scored a touchdown at the 1:23 mark of the fourth quarter when Cade Oliver connected with Jacob O’Rear on a 20-yard touchdown on a halfback pass. The Jackets weren’t done. Rather than kicking the game-tying extra point, Curry followed the score up with an Oliver two-point conversion to give the Jackets the win. Quarterback Aaron White had 156 yards of offense and threw two touchdown passes in the game.
Curry’s defense was up to the task as well, holding Hayden to 43 yards in the second half and 154 yards for the game.
The Yellow Jackets trailed 17-0 against West Point in their region opener and also fell behind 7-0 to Brewer before scoring 37 straight points in Week 3.
Four weeks into the season, Curry is tied atop the region standings with No. 3 Hartselle and undefeated Cullman. The Jackets will face both those teams in the second half of the season.
Curry has already matched its highest win total since 1999 and is off to its first 4-0 start since 1996 when the school was in Class 4A. Curry hosts Dora (3-1) this week at Hudson-O’Rear Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets have won three in a row in the series including a 13-12 victory at Dora last year.
Like the Yellow Jackets, Dora has shown improvement this season under first-year coach Dusty Goode.
Dora routed Tarrant 37-6 on Friday and has already scored 142 points this season through four games, leaving the Bulldogs only 16 points short of last year’s tally of 156 points in 11 games.
The Bulldogs have also matched last year’s win total and are currently tied for third in Class 4A, Region 5 behind Fayette County and Midfield.
Lynn keeps racking up key region wins.
The Bears are the only area team other than Curry with a perfect 4-0 record this season. Lynn edged region rival Parrish 22-19 Friday night.
Lynn (4-0, 3-0) turned to its running game to earn the victory, picking up 273 yards on the ground. Dakota Bell carried the load for the Bears, rushing 27 times for 135 yards and a pair of scores. Quarterback Brody Meeks also topped the 100-yard mark, picking up 107 yards on 14 attempts. Bell’s eight-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference for Lynn, which has won six straight games over Parrish.
Lynn, which is 17-1 in its last 18 regular-season games, travels to Carbon Hill this week. The Bears set a school record for points in a game in last year’s 76-28 victory over the Bulldogs.
Cordova picked up a key region win over the Winfield Pirates Friday night to prove themselves as a region front runner. Running back Taurus White ignited Cordova’s offense, scoring on runs of 70, 53 and 27 yards in the 38-20 victory over Winfield.
Cordova led 38-14 before allowing a late score. The Blue Devils, who suffered a setback to Dora in the season opener, have found their stride, winning Class 3A, Region 5 games over Holly Pond, Vinemont and Winfield. Next up for the Blue Devils is country rival Parrish in a non-region game. Cordova (3-1, 3-0) has key region matchups with Hanceville and Hamilton coming up in the second half of the season. Both games will be at Hudson-Kirby Field.
Walker’s tough schedule doesn’t get any easier this week as the Vikings travel to perennial power Russellville.
Last year, the matchup featured a pair of top 10 teams with one loss between them. This year the teams have three wins combined and neither is ranked.
Walker (1-3) became the first team to score against Hartselle this season, but could muster just a first-half field goal in a 17-3 loss to the Tigers.
Walker stunned top-ranked Russellville 49-28 at Ki-Ro/Gambrell Stadium last year. The win snapped a six-game skid aginst the Golden Tigers.
Russellville brings a 2-2 mark into the game after falling on the road to East Limestone 37-28 last week.