Hoover is back on-top of the Alabama high school football scene. Wednesday night, the Buccaneers, ranked #29 in the latest High School Football America Top 50, beat defeating state champ McGill-Toolen, ranked #9 in our Top 25, 17-7 for the school’s fourth state title in the last five years.
Speechless! To God be the glory. Thankful 4 my players & coaches. Unbelievable accomplishment by an unbelievable group. #undeniable
— Josh Niblett (@JoshNiblett) December 1, 2016
— Hoover Bucs Football (@BucsFootball) December 1, 2016
The Hoover defense played at a very high level, sacking M-T quarterback Bubba Thompson nine times. Coming into the game, McGill-Toolen was averaging 40 points a game.
“These kids have won 26 games in two years,” McGill-Toolen head coach Caleb Ross told al.com. “I couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids. It is one thing to come last year when no one thought you could do anything and win it all. It’s a different animal when you are on top, and everyone is coming after you. These kids accomplished a lot in two years. It’s the first two times this school has ever played for a state championship. I’m very proud of the effort.”
The state championship is the 12th overall for Hoover. The Bucs only losses were to #5 Allen (Texas) and #6 Grayson (Georgia).