NORTHPORT—Tuscaloosa County head coach Jay Todd stood alone on the field following the Wildcats’ 24-21 lose to Hewitt-Trussville on Friday night, tears streaming from his face.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” Todd said in a cracking voice. “I know what they deal with and hear from the outside and you could just mail it in the rest of the year, but not these guys.”

Tuscaloosa County came into Friday night’s contest against the Huskies winless on the season. With less than one minute left and no timeouts remaining, the Wildcats took control at their own 33-yard line trailing by three.

Quarterback Connor White went 4 of 5 passing on the drive and took it down to the Huskies’ 14-yard line before throwing his second interception of the night in the end zone. White was 18-for-28 in the game with 187 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, 155 of those yards in the second half. Christian Davis caught both of White’s touchdown passes, 11 and 13 yards, respectively.

Tuscaloosa County running back Damien Taylor had a monster game, racking up 170 yards on 27 attempts with one touchdown.

“Same book just a different chapter, he (Taylor) does the same thing every day and every week,” Todd said. “Our senior offensive line paved the way and he’d be the first one to tell you.”

Hewitt-Trussville controlled much of the game through the first three quarters and held a 24-7 lead. Quarterback Jackson Holland was perfect through the first three quarters with all 14 attempts finding his receivers. Holland threw only one incompletion and had 187 yards.

In the fourth quarter, the tide turned in the Wildcats' favor. A short punt gave Tuscaloosa County great field positon at its own 39 and a five-play drive was capped by Taylor’s touchdown.

A defensive stand by the Wildcats gave the ball back to White with under four minutes to go. White went 4-for-5 on that drive as well and had 62 yards passing. Davis’ second touchdown finished off the drive.

“They fought and gave ourselves a chance, my heart hurts for those guys,” Todd said. “They deserve better, and we’ll get better. We had a really good week of practice and that needs to be replicated.”

Key Stats: Taylor rushed for 170 yards on 27 attempts for Tuscaloosa County. Holland threw for 187 yards and completed 14-of-15 passes for Hewitt-Trussville

Next: Tuscaloosa County (0-8) will host Spain Park next Friday. Hewitt-Trussville (5-4) will host Thompson on Friday as well.