By Goose Lindsay
Jaiden Hannibal was hard to stop Thursday night as the do-it-all Rockwood wing back scored four touchdowns in a 35-8 victory at Oliver Springs.
Hannibal found the end zone in a variety of ways as he scored once on the ground, twice through the air and another score came on special teams. Hannibal had another score wiped away due to a penalty.
Rockwood’s win came after a disappointing loss against Sweetwater.
“We went back to the basics of football tonight and executed well,” Tiger head coach John Webb said after the game,
Hannibal’s big night started with a 7-yard scoring run to cap an 81-yard drive on the Tiger’s first possession of the night.
Rockwood’s PAT was good, making the score 7-0.
The Tigers added to their lead on the first play of the second quarter when QB Dryston Turner found a wide-open Xadrian Fickey for a 79-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0 with 11:47 left in the first half.
Oliver Springs did have a pair of promising drive in the first half, including what appeared to be a long scoring run, but a pair of fumbles killed the Bobcats.
Hannibal struck again to start the second half as he returned the third quarter kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to make the score 20-0.
“What a highlight he put on on that kickoff,” Webb said. “I was impressed and it takes a lot to impress me because I’ve been doing this so long.”
The Bobcats answered with their best drive of the night capped by a short run by Zack Elliot.
Levi Russell added a 2-point pass to make the score 20-8 with 4:52 left in the third quarter.
But the Bobcats would get no closer as the duo of Turner to Hannibal would strike two times to make the final score 35-8.
The first hookup came from 15 yards out with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter then a 38-yard strike capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers and Bobcats will both be on the road next Friday, Sept. 11. Rockwood will be at Kingston while Oliver Springs travels to Northview Academy.