Hoover’s Bucs used big plays from its special teams, a gritty effort from its defense and a near mistake-free offensive performance to beat Auburn 20-3 in the Super 6 Class 6A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Friday night.
A total of 45,328 attended the two-day Super 6 Championships here with 21,347 attending on Friday.
The Bucs (15-0) of Coach Josh Niblett closed out their second straight 15-0 season and extended the AHSAA’s current longest football winning streak to 30 games with the victory.
Micah Bagley blocked an Auburn punt late in the first quarter and Chris DeMoss recovered it in the end zone for Hoover’s first touchdown. That touchdown was the only one still on the scoreboard until Coach Tim Carter’s Tigers (13-2) cut the lead to 7-3 with Sage Ledbetter’s 17th field goal of the season. The 35-yard kick came with 6:56 remaining in the third quarter.
Hoover quarterback Jack Hutchenson connected with Bradrick Shaw for a 39-yard touchdown connection five minutes later to make it 13-3. The Bucs closed out the scoring in the final quarter with Shaw’s 1-yard run – a TD set up by a fumble caused by Marlon Humphrey and recovered by Bagley at the Auburn 23.
Auburn’s defense also played well – limiting Hoover to just six first downs and 138 total yards while keeping the ball for 28:38 of the 48 total minutes.
Shaw, named the 6A Game MVP, was Hoover’s leading rusher with 53 yards on 21 carries. Hutchenson was 4-of-9 passing for 51 yards.
Tyus Flakes had 127 yards rushing on 28 carries to pace Auburn, which out-rushed Hoover 146 yards to 87. Brandon Northcutt was 4-of-10 passing for 39 yards, but was sacked four times for 45 yards in lost yardage.
Jason McCray had 12 tackles with one sack for a 16-yard loss to pace Hoover’s defense. Darrell Williams also had 11 tackles.
Randy Hooks and Deion Heard led the Tigers with seven tackles each. Rashaan Evans had five tackles with two behind the line for 16 lost yardage.
Hoover’s championship was the school’s 10th and eighth in the Super 6.