For a second consecutive week, coach Zak Clark’s Bulldogs have made enough plays to pull out tough roads wins. Springdale High is 2-0 for the first time since 2013 after Friday’s 27-26 win at Alma.
Quarterback Layne Hutchins, in just his second career start, was strong, completing 18 of 27 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown to running back Erick Mendez.
Hutchins, interception free through two games, was very efficient and spread the wealth to six receivers in the win – five caught two or more passes. Kyler Williams led the way with four grabs for 84 yards, and Trevor Browning and Kamond Robinson also caught four balls for 51 and 63 yards, respectively.
On a night when the Bulldogs running game wasn’t at its best (34 carries, 84 yards), Hutchins and his receivers made the necessary plays. Mendez (15 carries, 12 yards) did bring in two passes for 28 yards and a score from 16 yards out.
Clark’s defense stepped up when needed as well, forcing the Airedales into three turnovers – two turnovers on downs and a fumble. Kyler Williams, who lined up all night at cornerback, and Jayden Minchew had a number of pass breakups that loomed large. The play of the game defensively came in the final minute when Minchew read and jumped a seam route to break up a would-be game-winning touchdown pass.
Springdale forced Alma quarterback Noah Dotson into an inconsistent night passing – 10 of 25 for 190 yards. He did, though, find receiver Brayden Johnson nine times for 185 yards. Only one other Airedale, Hunter Canfield, caught a pass.
Dotson did the bulk of his damage on the ground, rushing a game-high 17 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Alma was within striking distance of taking the lead in the final moments of the game thanks to Dotson’s ability to make plays with his feet, but he came up empty through the air on the final play and Springdale escaped.
Springdale will host Russellville next week in its home opener, looking to top last season’s win total before conference play begins. The full box score can be found below: