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Photo courtesy of Kevin Brooks / Hoover City Schools.
All-American defensive back Marlon Humphrey returns a kickoff for a touchdown.
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Left, Spain Park Quarterback Mickey Forrest sets up to pass.
With the state playoffs looming, both the Hoover High Buccaneers and the Spain Park Jaguars are in prime positions to make a run at this year’s Super Six.
With one game left in the season, Hoover is 9-0 and Spain Park 8-1. Both teams lead their respective regions, with Spain Park in Region 4 and Hoover in Region 5.
Spain Park’s final game of the season is on Nov. 1 at Oxford High School in Anniston, and Hoover travels to Opelika High on Halloween.
In 2013, quarterback Mickey Forrest led the Jaguars to their best start to a season in school history. Heading into their match-up against Pelham on Oct. 25, the team was 8-0 and ranked No. 16 in the state. In October, they defeated Thompson, Oak Mountain and Stanhope Elmore and sat atop Region 4. However, the Jaguars lost to Pelham, 27-24.
The Bucs are continuing their era of dominance. Heading into their nationally televised game with Tuscaloosa County on Oct. 24, Hoover had amassed 312 points in eight games while allowing only 53 to be scored against them. After shutting down Tuscaloosa County, the Bucs, Ranked No. 1 in the state and boasting a record of 9-0, continued their 23-game win streak into this year’s playoffs.