No. 1 Hoover bullies Northridge in 55-7 rout
Fri. September 21, 2012 at 11:28 p.m. | By Meredith Qualls
Hoover’s Cooper Carden (17) tries to push his way past Northridge’s Wesley Strickland. The Buccaneers, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, racked up 32 first downs and nearly 500 yards of total offense in routing the No. 6 Jaguars. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)
TUSCALOOSA | Hoover High School didn’t leave anything up for grabs as it plowed across Northridge, 55-7, in the Class 6A, Region 5 game Friday night.
Hoover took a 28-point lead in the first half before the Jaguars found a way to score.
Northridge coach Mike Smith took few positives from his team’s performance against the undefeated Buccaneers.
“Our biggest struggle was a lack of discipline and a poor job of coaching,” Smith said.
Northridge had nine first downs to Hoover’s 32, and totaled 69 rushing yards on 31 attempts.
“When you’re doing that all night, you’re just feeding at them,” he said.
Hoover got on the scoreboard early, when Jarrett Brown scored on a 25-yard pass from Connor Short with 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
Trailing by 28, Dominic Branch found the lone scoring opportunity for the Jaguars with five minutes to go in the first half with a 17-yard touchdown on a fumble return.
“I learned that they were holding them open, and I just saw them holding the ball and I came up and took it to the house,” Branch said.
Hoover scored two more touchdowns to close out the first half leading 41-7. John Michael Powers caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Short, followed by a 7-yard touchdown catch by Brown.
For Hoover, Jack Hutcheson rushed for 63 yards on five attempts. Short completed 20 passes on 27 attempts, while Powers had eight catches for 116 yards. Brown had three catches for 81 yards.
Northridge’s Tanner Cline completed seven passes on 17 attempts, totaling 55 yards, while receiver James Cox had three catches for 14 yards. Cyontai’ Lewis had two catches for 29 yards.
University of Alabama commitment Bo Scarbrough had 87 yards on 16 rushing attempts for the Jaguars but said the game showed him areas where he needs to improve.
“You know you’re the target, so you’re going to try your best to stay healthy,” Scarbrough said. “It’s a sad moment for everyone to lose against the No. 1 team.”
Both Scarbrough and Branch agreed they will have to put the loss behind them in order to move ahead.
“It wasn’t anything we didn’t prepare for, it was just execution,” Branch said. “We didn’t come out and play hard like we are supposed to play.”
Next week, Northridge (3-1, 2-1) will host Pelham, while Hoover (4-0, 3-0) will play Vestavia Hills.