Hewitt-Trussville High School is a National Blue Ribbon, 4-year public high school located in the growing city of Trussville, Alabama, of about 27,000 residents. Hewitt-Trussville, named after early local educator, Robert Hewitt, is the only high school in Trussville and thrives in athletics and academics ranked as Top 20 Schools in Alabama with a 97% graduation rate. Hewitt-Trussville first opened its doors in October 2008 and has an enrollment size of approximately 1,600 students, including well-known alumni who now thrive in the SEC and NFL leagues such as Armoni Goodwin (RB from LSU), Malachi Moore (DB for Alabama), Noah Igbinoghene (CB for Miami Dolphins) whose younger brother now plays for Hewitt-Trussville. Home of the Huskies, representing red and gray, Hewitt-Trussville Athletics compete in the class 7A division (MaxPreps) and have a current set record of 8-4 under Coach Josh Floyd. The Huskies have been nationally ranked Top 100 every year since 2017 under Coach Floyd’s program. The Huskies Football Program also have a rich history of gaining 6 AHSAA Regional Championship Titles for Trussville, most recently in 2017. Since 2016, Hewitt-Trussville’s football program has upheld the standard for sending more players to the SEC and Division 1 than any other program in Alabama, which speaks volume.
Head Football Coach Josh Floyd is originally from Arkansas and played high school football with Gus Malzahn, current UCF Head Coach, former Auburn Head Coach. Coach Floyd began his coaching career prior to the Huskies as head coach for Shiloh Christian High School in Springdale, Arkansas for 10 years. Coach Floyd’s prior success at Shiloh High School includes 4 state-championship titles and one state runner up for Arkansas. Moving forward, Coach Floyd took the position as Head Coach for Hewitt 9 years ago where he created history in the Huskies program by leading a perfect 10-0 undefeated regular season both in 2016 and 2017. Coach Floyd went in depth of the great support and community from the city of Trussville that allows the program to thrive. Trussville is its own small community that is continuing to grow with an outstanding academic school board ranking 3rd highest in the state. Not limited to academics, Trussville also produces a handful of successful student-athletes that land in D1 colleges and the professional leagues. Hewit-Trussville has not held any state titles yet, but with determination and hard work Coach Floyd explains the discipline to achieve that:
Our goal every year is to win. We play in the toughest region of the state and the southeast region of the country. It’s tough week in and week out, but we been fortunate to have good players and a senior class of 35 kids who grew up winning state championships. We been in the quarter finals 6 times through the years, so we’re right there, we’re just trying to take that final step.
Head Coach, Josh Floyd
The next area of discussion was Coach Floyd’s coaching philosophy and how that translates into his most recent success at Trussville and future success on the journey to achieving the state title. During the interview, Coach Floyd emphasizes their main priority is helping these guys to become good fathers and husbands one day, while teaching them to be the best football player they can be. Once you combine the two, all those great qualities carry over. Coach Floyd mentioned how they never have to push the kids, the kids come in with that mindset daily believing they can get that title and want to work hard every day to be better. The Huskies Football program is looking bright with tons of talent, speed, and passion including 5 returning receivers with 25 or more receptions, 11 returning players on offense, and 6 on defense for the upcoming season, whom a few have been offered already by Division 1 programs.
Some honorable mentions by Coach Floyd that mark a significant impact on Hewitt-Trussville’s football program are as follows: son of Coach Floyd- Peyton Floyd (QB), Donovan Price (TE), Kade Martin (OL), Tyrell Averhart (DB), Riggs Dunn (FS), Michael Igbinoghene, Jadon Loving (WR).
Peyton Floyd is a Class of 2024 QB for the Huskies, standing at 5’11 and weighing 180lb. Peyton Floyd is a dual threat quarterback, recently Named 7A Back of the Year and All-state as a junior. His upcoming senior season is one to come off even stronger and really excel in his craft as a winner.
Donovan Price is also a Class of 2024 6’3 225lb. TE/ RB for the Huskies. Price has got a few offers and he was one of the leading receivers last year as a tight end. Price is a great kid exceling in academics with a 4.0 GPA.
Kade Martin is a 6’4 295lb. Offensive lineman for the Huskies, also Class of 2024. Martin started the Varsity program his freshman year, making this his 4th starting year. Kade brings in experience for the Huskies with various offers, including some SEC offers.
Tyrell Averhart is a 6’2 250lb. Class of 2024 Defensive Lineman for the Huskies and led the team sacks and tackles for loss the past two seasons. Averhart made All-State this year and was Defensive Player of the Year for the team.
Riggs Dunn is a 5’11 180lb. 3rd year starting Safety for the Huskies in Trussville. Dunn excels on the field in returning punts and kicks with his full athleticism and speed.
Michael Igbinoghene, brother of Miami Dolphins current player, is a 5’10 165 lbs. Class of 2025 prospect for the Huskies. Michael has several SEC offers and recently won the indoor state long jump as a sophomore. Michael is a very athletic kid with a huge upcoming season for his future.
Jadon Loving was the leading receiver last year for Hewitt and one of the fastest athletes on the team, along with Michael. Loving plays as WR for the Class of 2024, standing at 5’10 weighing 160 lbs.