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Hoover falls in two day battle with St. John’s

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Hoover, AL – A game that began Friday night at the Hoover Met finally wrapped up Saturday morning at Hoover High’s Buccaneer Stadium with the host Bucs falling to national power St. John’s College (DC) 44-16.  

The contest between the two naturally ranked program was halted just over nine minutes into the first quarter due to thunderstorms that pounded the Birmingham metro Friday night.  

When play resumed at 9:00 am Saturday morning, the teams traded the soggy grass of the Met for the artificial turf surface of the Bucs on-campus stadium. 

The Cadets from the nation’s capital lead the Bucs 7-0 when the game got back underway Saturday morning.   St. John’s extended their lead to two scores on the Cadets first drive as quarterback Jay Maiava connected wit Rakim Jarrett for a 75 yard score. 

The Bucs answered back as Larry McCammon payed off the Hoover drive with a rushing score from inside the Cadet one yard line pulling the home team within a touchdown, 14-7. 

The visitors would take the one score lead into the locker room. 

The Bucs marched their opening drive into the Cadet redzone before tuning the ball over inside the St. John five yard line.  The Cadets took advantage of the Hoover miscue as Maiava hooked up with receiver Cam Ross for a 50 yard score.  

St. John’s offense caught fire in the final two quarters as Colby McDonald lit up the Buccaneer Stadium scoreboard with a pair of long touchdown runs. 

The Bucs scored on their final possession of the contest as backup quarterback Josh Lundy tossed a one yard scoring strike to M.J. Rogers.  

The St. John’s Cadets took a 42-14 win back to Washington, D.C.

Hoover quarterback Robby Ashford finished the contest with 158 yards, completing 11 of 27 passes and tossing a par of interceptions.  George Pickens hauled in seven passes for 120 yards while Larry McCammon paced the Bucs on the ground with 21 rushes for 155 yards.  

The Bucs return to action next week playing host to region 3 rival Thompson at the Hoover Met.