Auburn, Ala.--It has been a decade since Tim Tebow played a game inside Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn, but you couldn’t convince Mobile Christian of that on Thursday as Taylor Hayes (aka Mini Tebow) ran over, around and through the Leopards to lead Piedmont to its second-consecutive Class 3A championship.
Carrying the ball 38 times, Hayes piled up 239 of his team’s 373 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 22-12 victory. Limiting Mobile Christian to just 27 yards on the ground, Piedmont controlled the line of scrimmage on the way to the victory.
It was actually Mobile Christian that struck first on Thursday with Eric Poellnitz hauling in a 42-yard pass from Cam Horne for a touchdown with just two minutes left in the first quarter. From there it was all Piedmont and Hayes.
Just four seconds into the second quarter he powered over from a yard out to cap off a five-play, 77-yard drive to give Piedmont a 7-6 lead. With just over one minute left in the first half his two-yard run and two-point conversion made it 15-6 Bulldogs.
It was more of the same in the second half as he scored to finish off a 14-play, 81-yard drive to put Piedmont ahead 22-6. Trying to put the finishing touches on the victory, Hayes threw an interception inside the Mobile Christian 10-yard line and the Leopards responded with a 56-yard drive for a score to pull within 10.
The try for two failed as did the onside kick, allowing Piedmont to run out the clock and secure the victory.