Photo by Kevin Brooks.
Hoover football 2014
Hoover’s Bradrick Shaw (27) is hoisted by teammates after scoring a touchdown in the Class 6A state semifinals against Vestavia Hills last season.
Miami Central (Fla.) 21 - 24
The Buccaneers’ 30-game winning streak came to an end before a national audience on ESPN in a hard-fought battle that saw the Bucs rally from two TDs down to tie the game in the fourth quarter. But a late goal gave Central, one of the top teams in the country, the win. Hoover remained in the consensus top 10 nationally even with the loss and stayed at No. 1 in Class 7A.
Colquitt County (Ga.) 14 - 35
“I thought maybe we’d be relaxed and just play with some of the pressure off, but we didn’t play well and Colquitt County did, “ coach Josh Niblett said. “We just didn’t give ourselves an opportunity to win.” Colquitt County, coached by Rush Propst, is the top-rated team in Georgia. The Bucs dropped to No. 2 behind Bob Jones in the ASWA Class 7A rankings. It was the first time the Bucs have not been the No. 1 team in the poll since the final poll of the 2011 season.
Mountain Brook 12 - 0
Hunter Schmith kicked a pair of field goals and Jack Hutcheson connected with Alex Elam on a 68-yard TD pass on the fourth quarter as the No. 2 Bucs beat Mountain Brook for their first win of the season, the Class 7A, Region 3 opener for both schools. The defense held the Spartans to just 80 yards of total offense.
Oak Mountain 35 - 0
Jack Hutcheson hit Alex Elam for an 80-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage, and the Bucs posted an easy win to improve to 2-0 in Class 7A, Region 3. Hutcheson passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, two to Justin Johnson. Marcus Webb rushed for 138 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns. Despite the two early losses to national powers, the Bucs haven’t allowed any points to Alabama schools.