The Hoover Bucs had posted a few sub-par efforts the past two weeks in a 14-0 win over Minor and 28-10 win over Tuscaloosa County. In those games the “Depth Development” was used as a number of starters were held out. A home win and a road win in those games has to be huge for that depth as Hoover primes for another state playoff run in Alabama’s class 6A.
Opelika came into Regions Park with a 6-3 record, a playoff berth and a shot of beating Hoover. It didn’t happen as Connor Short hit Mike Powers for a 3-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring giving Hoover a 7-0 lead. Short would lead Hoover right back into the end zone after a defensive stand, hitting Cooper Carden for a touchdown and a 14-0 Hoover lead. Short was 14-28 188 yards 2 touchdowns passing on the evening.
Hoover running back Calen Campbell finished with 116 yards rushing including a 71-yard touchdown run that put the Bucs up 21-0 in the second quarter. Taylor Brown added a touchdown run in the second half while the defense recorded a safety before yielding a late Opelika touchdown for the final 30-7 margin.
Hoover finishes the regular season 10-0, 6A Region 5 champions and will open the playoffs at home against Shades Valley (4-5) next Friday night. Opelika will travel to Pelham.
The Grayson Rams (8-1;6-1) extended their string of shutout wins to 4-a school record with a 48-0 road win at Region 8-6A opponent Archer (6-4). The Rams scoring defense returned interceptions from Ryan Carter and Wayne Gallman for touchdowns in the victory. Grayson’s defense held Archer under 100 yards of total offense allowing only 95 yards.
The nations No.1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche, Gallman, quarterback David McTier and junior Ares McCall all had touchdown runs as Grayson racked up 326 yards of total offense. Grayson will close the regular season next week on senior night hosting Brookwood. Brookwood (6-2;5-1) host South Gwinnett.