The Hoover Buccaneers are back on top of the Alabama football world, stunning one of the nation’s top-ranked teams to reach the summit.
Facing USA TODAY Super 25 No. 5 McGill-Toolen, the Bucs (11-2) cobbled together enough offense to back a transcendent defensive performance that thoroughly frustrated the Yellow Jackets’ powerful offense throughout, paving the way to a 17-7 victory and Alabama Class 7A state title.
According to Hoover teacher Nick Smith, who posted in-game statistics on Twitter throughout the game, Hoover’s defense finished with eight sacks of Bubba Thompson, the much ballyhooed Jackets quarterback who decommitted from Auburn’s baseball team a week ago after deciding he wanted to play both football and baseball in college (he has offers to do that from Tennessee and Ole Miss, among others).
And while Hoover’s offense wasn’t necessarily prolific — it lacked a 100-yard passer or 100-yard rusher — it was efficient enough when it needed to be to seal a state title in the school’s 18th state championship appearance. Running back C.J. Sturdivant finished with 94 yards on 17 carries, including the team’s two touchdowns, while quarterback Garrett Farquhar had 68 yards on 8-of-20 passing.
The loss brings McGill-Toolen’s 22-game winning streak to a sudden halt, ending the Jackets’ drive for back-to-back state titles.