Hoover, AL – The Hoover Bucs (2-5, 2-2) roared back into the win column, in impressive fashion, with a 62-14 victory over Oak Mountain (1-6, 0-4) in a Class 7A, Region 3 battle Friday night at the Hoover Met.
Wade Waldrop’s Bucs came out of the gate strong, finding points on every first have drive, outside of one missed field attempt. It was a total team effort for the Hoover in the third quarter, scoring four touchdowns with just one offensive play.
Coming out of the locker room with a 34-0 lead, Hoover continued to dominate. They scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, including a 64-yard punt return by junior J.J. Moultrie, a 30-yard scoop and score by linebacker Bradley Shaw, a 53-yard run by Kamal Amerson, and a blocked field goal return for a touchdown courtesy of Justyn Hartley putting the Bucs up 62-0 heading in to the final stanza.
Oak Mountain quarterback Will O’Dell connected with Jackson Blackwell and Walter Shook for a pair of fourth quarter scores.
With a 2-2 mark in region play, the Bucs postseason hopes remain alive with region matchups remaining against Tuscaloosa County (4-2, 2-2), Chelsea (2-5, 1-3) and defending state champion Thompson (5-1, 4-0).
Hoover quarterback Noah Schuback had an outstanding first quarter, completing 8-of-9 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Jordan Woolen for a 4-yard touchdown and hit Jonah Winston with a spectacular 70-yard pass for another score. In the second quarter, Andy Howard took over under center and tossed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Woolen.
Kamal Amerson lead the Hoover rushing attack, gaining 73 yards on just five carries and scoring two touchdowns. Chalmers Peters contributed 65 yards on seven carries and a score. Hoover’s offense racked up 453 total yards, with 247 on the ground and 206 through the air.
O’Dell completed 13-of-27 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns while running for 61 yards on 14 carries. Running back Le’Kamren Meadows led the Eagles on the ground with 66 yards on 17 carries, while O’Dell added 61 yards on 14 carries.
With this loss, Oak Mountain slips to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in region play.
Looking ahead the Bucs will travel to Northport to take on the Tuscaloosa County Wildcats next Friday night. Oak Mountain will look to bounce back by welcoming the Thompson Warriors to Herdmont Park.