Hoover‘s out-of-region 2016 schedule is set with big out-of-state match-ups against three-time High School Football America national champ Allen from Texas and Grayson from Georgia. In addition, the Bucs will open the season in-state against Central-Phenix City in the Champions Challenge in Montgomery on August 19th.
The Allen game, which was announced a couple of years ago, will be played in Allen’s $60 million Eagle Stadium in north Texas as part of the annual Tom Landry Classic on August 26th. Allen had won three straight state titles from 2012 through 2014 in Texas’ largest classification. This year, the Eagles will have a new look since longtime head coach Tom Westerberg resigned earlier this month to take a new job at Barbers Hill, outside of Houston.
This past season, Allen advanced to the Class 6A Division I state semifinals where it lost to Westlake, which snapped a 57-game win streak.
The Grayson game will be played in Alabama on October 28th. It will be part of a home-and-home series between the two with the 2017 game to be played in suburban Atlanta. Grayson won Georgia’s AAAAAA state title in 2011 behind Ole Miss standout and future NFL’er Robert Nkemdiche.