Monday, October 31, 2011

Hoover Spoils Patriots Undefeated Season Attempt

HOOVER – Connor Short threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Hoover (9-1) ended the regular season with a win over No. 7 Bob Jones (9-1) in a matchup of ranked Class 6A teams. Short completed 21-of-28 passes and connected with Josh Jackson on scoring strikes of 12 and 40 yards. “Connor has started to come into his own as our quarterback,” Hoover wide out Caleb Sims said. “He had a great game for us tonight and made some big plays for us.  He is getting better each week and we need him with the playoffs starting next week.” While Short was executing the game plan for the Bucs offense, Hoover's defense physically manhandled the Patriots. Trent Dunn and Brad Shaw combined for 19 tackles and three sacks as they chased Bob Jones quarterback Jeffery Moss all over the field.  If Moss wasn’t running around, he was overthrowing receivers. “I told our kids that we had to get more physical, and I am proud of the way they played,” Hoover coach Josh Niblett said.  “Except for a couple of trick plays,  I thought we played a solid game on defense.” After Andrew Dunn booted a 20-yard field goal to cut the Bucs’ lead to 6-3, Marlon Humphrey took the ensuing kickoff 96 yards straight up the middle of the field for a touchdown. “Any time your defense or special teams can score, that is huge,” Niblett said.  “Overall, we played  a solid game. Now, we have to come to work and maintain that level for five more weeks.” Dakota Daniel scored on a 27-yard run. He finished with 75 yards rushing on 12 attempts. Michael Powers connected with Jarrett Brown on a 31-yard scoring pass. Kyler Jackson added a 10-yard touchdown run to complete the scoring for the Bucs. Nick Richardson found Moss on a double pass for 12 yards for Bob Jones’ only touchdown. Both teams are headed to the state playoffs next week. Jeff George, Birmingham News, October 27, 2011.

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