Hoover is more than an Alabama powerhouse. It’s a national power that weighs success based on state titles and national rankings. Still, as a school in the midst of football’s land of true believers, where prep football is as much a way of life as a Sunday morning sermon, one would expect Hoover fans to be more invested in their traditional rivalry games, particularly against neighbor and arch rival Spain Park, than a game against a team from different states.
Apparently that’s not the case.
As noticed by the Dallas Morning News’ Matt Wixon, a Twitter poll published by the Hoover football Twitter account found the team’s self-identifying fans are more excited about the Buccaneers’ matchup against perennial Texas power Allen than any other game on the team’s schedule. The aforementioned Spain Park grudge match ran a relatively close second, though still a full 36 votes behind the Allen game.
There’s no question that the Hoover-Allen game will attract plenty of national attention. Allen may be best known for it’s $50 million stadium, but its success on the field is on par with the perceived excess that characterizes Allen’s home facility. The Eagles dominated Texas’ highest classification for three years, winning the state title in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Hoover’s hype may have begun with the MTV show Two-A-Days and the Rush Propst era, but it has been reinforced by state titles in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
We’ll see which team comes out on top August 26, when the teams face off in the cavernous confines of Eagle Stadium. That means those Hoover fans will have to hold on to that excitement for another couple weeks.