Hoover (Ala.) QB Connor Short makes short work of Northridge

Hoover (Ala.) QB Connor Short makes short work of Northridge


Hoover (Ala.) QB Connor Short makes short work of Northridge


Despite playing for one of the top high school teams in the country, Hoover, Ala., quarterback Connor Short hasn’t drawn a lot of attention from Division I recruiters, but that may change.

The 6-foot senior threw for five first-half touchdown passes and added a sixth on the first series of the second half before sitting out the rest of the No. 17 Buccaneers’ 55-7 defeat of Northridge (Tuscaloosa) on Friday. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 282 yards.

“Somebody is going to miss on him,” Hoover coach Josh Niblett said. “He isn’t the prototypical height, but he has all the intangibles. Connor understands our offense, which isn’t an easy offense to master.”

Short, also a shortstop for Hoover’s baseball team, stepped in as starting quarterback when Sam Gillikin broke his collarbone in the seventh game of the season last fall. Short finished with more than 2,000 passing yards and led the Bucs to a state runner-up finish.

“He has good range and a quick release,” Niblett said. “Recruiters are all about 6-4, but either you can play or you can’t.”

The rest of this week’s top high school football performances (in alphabetical order):

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week

Wyndell Archie, Saraland (Ala.)
TE, 2013
Had six catches for 130 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 56-6 defeat of Satsuma on Friday.

Alec Ditoro, Papillion-La Vista (Papillion, Neb.)
QB, 2014
Threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns and had a 50-yard run for a touchdown in a 58-22 defeat of Bellevue (Neb.) West on Friday.

Ezekiel Elliott, John Burroughs (St. Louis)
RB, 2013
Rushed 12 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown in a 55-7 defeat of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day on Saturday. Elliott also had two touchdown runs called back due to penalties.

Derrick Henry, Yulee (Fla.)
RB, 2013
Set a state single-game record on Friday, rushing for 502 yards in a 45-28 defeat of Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Tyler Keane, Myrtle Beach (S.C.)
QB, 2013
Threw a state-record eight touchdown passes in a 56-55 defeat of Conway on Friday.

Mike Richardson, Marble Falls (Texas)
QB, 2013
Threw for for 715 yards to break the state single-game record in a 62-55 defeat of Boerne Champion on Thursday night. Richardson threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another.

Kellen Sims, Derby (Kan.)
QB, 2014
Normally a wide receiver, Sims stepped in for an injured starter and ran for six touchdowns in the first half of a 47-13 defeat of Salina Central on Friday.

Sam Sizelove, Argyle (Texas)
LB, 2014
Set school record with 21 tackles, including 12 solo tackles, in a 44-13 defeat of Kennedale on Friday. The old record was set by his brother Jake, who’s now at Tulsa.

Ben Ziegler, Chapman (Inman, S.C.)
QB, 2013
Had seven touchdowns, including five through the air, to help Chapman overcome a 20-point deficit in a 55-47 win Friday vs. Saluda.

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Previous American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week:
Week 1
Week 2
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Week 4


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