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Hoover earns 5th straight victory by beating Mountain Brook

AL.com 9/24/2022 Anton Williams, al.com
Hoover kicker Peyton Argent (37) kicks an extra point against Mountain Brook during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. © Marvin Gentry/al.com/TNS Hoover kicker Peyton Argent (37) kicks an extra point against Mountain Brook during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Hoover scored 16 fourth-quarter points and earned a 26-14 victory over Mountain Brook in a battle of Birmingham area heavyweights on Friday at Spartans Stadium.

The Bucs, ranked No. 4 in Class 7A, finally took control when a bad snap forced Mountain Brook quarterback John Colvin to get rid of the ball while in his own end zone, which resulted in an intentional grounding penalty. By rule, that’s a safety.

That gave Hoover a 19-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and Hoover then took the ensuing free kick and scored on Frederick Dunson’s 36-yard touchdown pass from Brewer Smith to make it 26-14.

Mountain Brook offensive lineman William Courtenay (57) prepares to block Hoover defensive lineman Andrew Parrish (44) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. © Marvin Gentry/al.com/TNS Mountain Brook offensive lineman William Courtenay (57) prepares to block Hoover defensive lineman Andrew Parrish (44) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

“Mountain Brook is the most complete team we have played all year long,” Hoover coach Wade Waldrop said. “We beat a good team, and our defense played good all night. We will take this win and get ready for the next game.”

Mountain Brook, ranked No. 2 in 6A, suffered its first loss of the season.

Hoover built a 10-7 halftime lead, as Ahamari Williams capped a seven-play, 68-yard drive with a 5-yard run and Peyton Argent kicked a 31-yard field goal. Mountain Brook’s Cole Gamble also scored the Spartans’ first TD on a 43-yard run, and Colvin made the extra point.

Hoover running back Ahmari Williams (1) is grabbed by Mountain Brook defensive lineman Ethan Wint (87) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. © Marvin Gentry/al.com/TNS Hoover running back Ahmari Williams (1) is grabbed by Mountain Brook defensive lineman Ethan Wint (87) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Colvin also threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Beatty in the fourth quarter to cut Hoover’s lead to 17-14.

The streak: Hoover has won five straight since a 17-14 loss to Auburn to open the season.

Star of the game: Smith threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes – a 34-yarder to Jordan Woolen to make it 17-7 and the final one to Dunson – to kick-start the Bucs’ offense.

Stat sheet: For Hoover, Smith finished 15-of-23 passing for 181 yards and two TDs, and Williams ran 19 times for 101 yards and one TD. Woolen caught eight passes for 148 yards and one score. D.J. Estes had a strip sack just before halftime that set up the Bucs’ field goal. He also recovered the fumble in the play. “D.J. is an electric player. He played really hard tonight,” Waldrop said. “That strip and recovery was big for us tonight right before halftime.” … For Mountain Brook, Colvin was 12-for-24 passing for 130 yards. Gamble ran 10 times for 99 yards.

Hoover quarterback Brewer Smith (16) attempts to pass against Mountain Brook during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. © Marvin Gentry/al.com/TNS Hoover quarterback Brewer Smith (16) attempts to pass against Mountain Brook during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

By the numbers: 2, turnovers for Mountain Brook, as the Spartans lost a fumble and threw an interception. Hoover had no turnovers. … 342 yards, total offense for Hoover. … 275 yards, total offense for Mountain Brook.

Hoover wide receiver KJ Law (4) is tackled by Mountain Brook defensive back Hampton King (38) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. © Marvin Gentry/al.com/TNS Hoover wide receiver KJ Law (4) is tackled by Mountain Brook defensive back Hampton King (38) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

They said it: “I think this was a good road win in an amazing environment tonight. I think if we keep trusting each other and play with the energy we played with tonight, we will have a good season.” — Smith

“We stuck to our game plan and we were able to pull out a victory in a tough place.” — Woolen

“We were trying to get a first down and the corners overplayed me. I was able to make a play and run it in for the touchdown.” — Woolen on his TD catch.

Coachspeak: “We needed this game to identify the mistakes we need to correct. The game was a little faster than we expected, but we needed to play a good team like Hoover. We have the potential to go a long way this season.” — Mountain Brook coach Chris Yeager

Hoover wide receiver Jordan Woolen (6) carries the ball against Mountain Brook defensive back Tucker Crawford (29) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. © Marvin Gentry/al.com/TNS Hoover wide receiver Jordan Woolen (6) carries the ball against Mountain Brook defensive back Tucker Crawford (29) during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Did you know?: Hoover has won eight straight against Mountain Brook dating back to the Spartans’ 17-9 win in 2011. This year’s game was the first time the teams have played since 2019, which was Mountain Brook’s most recent season in Class 7A.

What’s next?: Hoover plays at Oak Mountain next week in 7A, Region 3 action, while Mountain Brook (5-1) is off next week before playing at Parker on Oct. 7.

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Hoover wide receiver Freddy Dunson (2) gets away from the Mountain Brook defender during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Hoover wide receiver Freddy Dunson (2) gets away from the Mountain Brook defender during a game at Spartan Stadium in Mountain Brook, Ala., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
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