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Postgame Recap | Hoover falls to Grayson (GA) 35-26

Loganville, GA – The Hoover Bucs came up just short in a battle of nationally ranked, defending state champs Friday night east of Atlanta.  The Bucs pulled with two points of the Grayson Rams early in the 4th quarter but eventually fell to the powerful Georgia squad 35-26.

The Rams came out of the gate strong, scoring on their first two possessions while holding Hoover to two Barret Pickering field goals to take a 14-6 lead in the half.  

Grayson’s Ronald Tompkins extended the Rams lead to 21-6 early in the third with his second rushing TD of the night.  The Buccaneer offense came to life following Tompkins second score, with a drive punctuated by a Larry McCammon 65 yard touchdown cutting the Ram lead to 21-13.

After pulling within one score, the Bucs handed the second half momentum back to the Rams when a fumbled punt attempt, deep in Hoover territory, turned into a Grayson touchdown putting the home team up 28-13.  

The Bucs pulled within two points following a pair of McCammon TD’s on back to back fourth quarter drives but a failed two point conversion try left the Rams on top 28-26 with just over seven minutes remaining.  

Late in the fourth the Rams put an end to hopes of a Hoover comeback as Grayson’s Kenyon Jackson hauled in a 70 yard D.J. Irons touchdown pass for the final score of the contest giving the Rams a 35-26 victory over the visiting Bucs.  

Hoover senior quarterback Jalen Parker finished the night completing 16 of 33 passes for 287 yards.  Senior receiver Shedrick Jackson caught five passes for a total of 150 yards and junior running back Larry McCammon finished the night with 103 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns.   Senior placekicker Barret Pickering connected on two field goals of 45 and 46 yards.  

The Bucs will take on the second of their third out of state squad of 2017, Mississippi’s Meridian High Wildcats, Friday night at the Hoover Met.