The victory, Hoover’s 10th straight over Tuscaloosa County, improved the second ranked Bucs to 9-0 overall, 6-0 in region play while slipping the Wildcats to 2-6, 1-5.
Jay Todd’s T-County squad kept the game close early, trailing the high-powered Bucs 21-14 at the end of the first half. The Hoover offense came to life after the break stretching their lead to three scores as Josh Lundy connected with R.J. Hamilton for a 15 yard touchdown followed by a 33 yard rushing score courtesy of Jaylen Taylor.
In the final frame the Bucs lit up the scoreboard with touchdown runs, from inside the Wildcat five line, by Brian Porter and David Black. Tuscaloosa County closed out the game with a 10 yard scoring strike from Brax Garrison to Jared McMirris with just over a minute left in the contest.
Bucs senior signal caller Josh Lundy finished the game with 177 yards through the air, connecting on 15-of-26 passes with three touchdowns and an interception. Jaylen Taylor lead Hoover on the ground with 120 yards on seven carries and a pair of scores. Receiver R.J. Hamilton was Lundy’s favorite target hailing in six receptions for 97 yards and two TDs.
County quarterback Brax Garrison completed 16-of-23 throws for 119 yards and three scores. Damien Taylor carried the ball 18 times for 125 yards while Cedric Williams snagged 3 catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Hoover returns to action next Friday night, on the road at defending 7A state champion and No. 1 ranked Thompson (9-0, 6-0) in a game that will decide the Region 3 championship. The Wildcats will host a struggling Spain Park Jaguars (2-6, 0-5) squad before stepping out of region play October 30th to face Northridge (6-2, 3-2) to close out 2020.