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Traditional power Hoover downs No. 5 McGill-Toolen to claim Alabama Class 7A state title

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.

4 comments
jagg1
jagg1

Congrats to Hoover - The refs did have a bad game w/ most of the calls going against McGill but Hoover deserved the win mostly because of their D line. McGill did come out flat and i mean flat but the QB never had the time for the receivers to get open on deep or medium routes. Remember the receivers are McGill's  weapons on offense. They are the reason McGill won the National title for 7 v 7 right there on Hoovers home field. Hoover played man press and bet on the D line to put pressure on the McGill QB and it worked.

JaeSims
JaeSims

Never saw such bad officiating in my life

BillSingleton
BillSingleton

Oh, stop. Hoover's defense clearly dominated McGill Toolen's offense. You don't hold a team that averages 40 points a game to 7 points just by bad calls.

jagg1
jagg1

@JaeSims The Refs did have a pretty bad game and most went against McGill but Hoover deserved the win. McGill was never in sync and a big part was Hoover D line. Great year McT and congrats to the Hoover Bucs.