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Hewitt-Trussville claims inaugural AHSAA girls’ flag football title in double overtime thriller

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Birmingham, AL – The Hewitt-Trussville Huskies came away with the first ever AHSAA girls’ flag football championship to kick off the 2021 Super 7 Wednesday afternoon at Birmingham’s Protective Stadium.

The Huskies took down the Smith’s Station Panthers 14-13 in double-overtime.  

Smith Station’s Brynn Repack lit up the Protective Stadium scoreboard early scoring on a one yard run with 7:34 remaining in the first period.  Hewitt answered back three minutes later as Deandrea Powell bolted across the goal line from 10 yards out.  The Huskies extended their lead to two scores with 1:44 left in the opening half as Audreonia Benson scored from just outside the Panther five yard line.   Avery Huffstutler snagged an extra point toss from Deandrea Powell to give the Huskies a 13-7 advantage at the break. 

After a scoreless third quarter, Smith’s Station tied the game at 13 apiece, with 12 seconds to play,  as Emily McGuire hauled in a 26 yard touchdown pass from Repicky.  

Following a controversial call, negating a Smith’s Station score, in the second overtime period, Hewitt put the game away on an extra point scoring completion from Aliya Wallace to Jayla Cochran.  

Deandrea Powell finished the contest with 161 yards through the air, completing 18-of-22 passes.  Benson lead the Husky receiving corp with six receptions for 67 yards while rushing for 62 yards on seven attempts and a score.  Lily Buford paced the Hewitt defense with seven tackles followed by Gracie Reeves with five, Ana Henson with four and April Hooks with two. 

Repicky had a standout perforce for the Panthers passing for 197 yards, completing 20-of-26 passes while rushing for 14 yards and accounting for a pair of scores.  Kelsey Lester gained 28 yards on the ground on five attempts. Savannah Hattaway make a game leading 11 stops on defense.  Trae Tice chipped in six tackles while Jessica Garrett tacked on four and Jayla Cochran made three.   

Girls’ flag football is in its inaugural season in the AHSAA.