Chelsea, AL – The Hoover Bucs improved to 4-5 (4-2 in Class 7A, Region 3 play) with a dominant 41-7 road victory over the Chelsea Hornets Friday night in Shelby County.
With the loss, Chelsea suffered their fifth consecutive setback, slipping to 2-7 (1-5) on the season.
One player who truly shined for Hoover was Jonah Winston. Taking over the quarterback position from starter Noah Schubach, Winston made an immediate impact on the game. His first touchdown run showcased his exceptional speed and agility as he dashed 67 yards down the left sideline, breaking tackles along the way. This remarkable play set the tone for Hoover, giving them an early 7-0 lead.
Chelsea responded with a determined drive, culminating in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Carter Dotson to Nicholas Sulenski. However, it was Winston who once again stole the spotlight with his second scoring run. Breaking free for a 48-yard sprint, he extended Hoover’s lead to 14-7 at halftime.
The second half witnessed Hoover’s dominance on full display. With Schubach leading the charge, the Bucs swiftly moved down the field, and Winston returned to the quarterback position. Demonstrating his versatility, Winston sprinted 35 yards for another electrifying touchdown, solidifying Hoover’s 21-7 lead.
Not content with their advantage, Hoover continued to assert their prowess. Freddy Dunson, operating from the Wildcat position, powered through Chelsea’s defense for a 10-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 28-7. But the excitement didn’t stop there. The Bucs showcased their creativity with a unique play – a handoff to Jordan Woolen, who then passed the ball back to Winston. Winston, in turn, found Schubach wide open, resulting in a spectacular 27-yard touchdown pass.
To cap off the victory, linebacker Bradley Shaw made a significant impact on defense. With a remarkable display of athleticism, he intercepted a Hornet pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown, putting the game on ice.
Looking forward, the Bucs return to the Hoover Met Friday night to host the defending champion Thompson Warriors (7-1, 6-0). Chelsea will host the 9th ranked Hewitt-Trussville Huskies (6-3, 4-2).