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No. 4 Hoover rallies from 14 down to knock off No. 5 Hewitt-Trussville

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Hoover, AL – For the second time in four contests, the Hoover Bucs (3-1, 1-1) have rallied from 14 points down to knock off a top five opponent. The first, a last second thriller against defending state champ and top ranked Central-Phenix City. This time around Josh Niblett’s Bucs relied on defense to take down fifth ranked Hewitt-Trussville (3-1, 1-1) Friday night at the Hoover Met.

“They don’t watch the scoreboard” Hoover head coach Josh Niblett said. “In the first game of the season, against Central, we were down 14-0, these kids just have a way; never wavering, never flenching, they just try to keep playing and know that they’ve got to execute a little bit better”

The Buccaneer comeback was sparked by a pair of 40 yard pick-sixes courtesy of Kory Chapman and Joseph Davis.

Without the services of standout quarterback Robby Ashford or backup Josh Lundy, sophomore QB Evan Reeder made the most of his first start under center connecting on 8 of 15 throws for 75 yards one score and an interception. The Bucs were lead on the ground by running back Dylan Betts-Pauley who rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.

Hewitt signal caller Cade Carruth finished the night with 97 yards through the air, connecting on 14 of 22 throws with a pair of TD’s and three interceptions. Sean Jackson lead the Husky rushing attack with 61 yards on 10 attempts. Omari Kelly hauled in nine Carruth passes for 40 yards.

Hoover continues 7A region 3 play next Friday hosting the Oak Mountain Eagles (1-2, 0-2) Hewitt welcomes a struggling Spain Park Jaguars (1-4, 0-2) squad to Trussville.