Hoover captures 11th Alabama high school football title


by Jeff Fisher

Hoover left no doubt that its not how you start a season, but how you end a season Wednesday night in Alabama’s first-ever 7A state championship high school football game.  The Bucs won their 11th state title with a 35-21 win over Prattville, in a game that marked the sixth time that the two schools have played for a state championship.  That series is now tied at three wins apiece.

The victory, which gave the Bucs their third straight state title, avenged a slow start to the season that saw Hoover, ranked #2 in the High School Football America Preseason Top 25, lose its first two games against Miami Central (Florida) and Colquitt County (Georgia).  Both of those teams are currently ranked in the HSFA Top 10.

Hoover was led by a powerful ground attack led by Bradrick Shaw and Marcus Webb.  Webb led the way with 153 yards and a touchdown, while Shaw, who won the 2013 Class 6A Super 6 MVP added 101 yards and two scores.  Quarterback John Hutcheson also threw two first half TD passes in the win that ties Hoover with Hazlewood for the most all-time state titles.

Hoover has now played in seven straight state championship games.

The win also improves Hoover head coach Josh Niblett‘s Buccaneer resume to 96-8 in seven seasons as the head coach at the suburban Birmingham school.  Niblett has won five state titles as a head coach – four with Hoover and one with Oneonta in 2004.

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Jeff Fisher

Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America.

Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet.

Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.