Hayfield scored five first-half touchdowns in nearly every conceivable fashion en route to a 34-6 victory over homestanding Edison last night in the Viginia AAA Gunston District opener for both teams.
The Hawks, who amassed 266 of their 429 total yards before halftime, improved to 4-0. The Eagles dropped to 2-2.
Marco White scored his second touchdown on a 51-yard return of an onside kick with 5:50 left in the second quarter to complete the Hawks' scoring and provide them with a comfortable 34-6 lead that stood. White had scored earlier on a 49-yard pass from quarterback Scott Arbogast.
Despite failing to score in the second half, Hayfield controlled the clock thanks to an offensive line that dominated the Eagles. The Hawks ran off 30 plays, including 21 runs.
Edison, which gained 138 yards total, managed just seven plays, including three in the third quarter.
"After our offense came out and scored all those points, what can you say," said Steve Leigh, who starts at both fullback and linebacker.
"I thought we kind of gave up in the second half," said tailback Greg Pruitt, who scored twice and rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries.
Pruitt's explosive 77-yard touchdown run on the Hawks' first play of the their second possession set the tone for Hayfield's scoring blitz. Pruitt took a pitchout up the right sideline, cut back at midfield and outraced a host of defenders.
The play followed an Edison drive in which a 67-yard touchdown reception by Zeldon McQueen was nullified by a clipping penalty. The Eagles were penalized six times for 47 yards in the first half. Hayfield was penalized five times for 75 yards.
The Hawks needed just eight offensive plays to score their next three touchdowns. Pruitt capped a four-play, 45-yard drive with a seven-yard burst around the right end and Mike Thompson's extra point made it 14-0 with 1:31 left in the first quarter.
Keith Martin's 51-yard run set up an 18-yard score by Leigh (65 yards), who bulled his way up the middle with 11:14 left in the second quarter. Martin led the Hawks in 92 yards rushing on eight carries.
The Eagles scored when quarterback Leo Bias (eight of 24 for 109 yards) connected with Chad Cox on a 38-yard touchdown pass.