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Hoover stays undefeated, shuts out Opelika 31-0 to win 6A State Championship

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Hoover running back Calen Campbell points to the sky following a 3-yard touchdown run against Opelika Friday night. (abc3340.com) Hoover running back Calen Campbell points to the sky following a 3-yard touchdown run against Opelika Friday night. (abc3340.com)
Hoover quarterback Connor Short threw for a touchdown in a 31-0 shutout of Opelika at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (abc3340.com) Hoover quarterback Connor Short threw for a touchdown in a 31-0 shutout of Opelika at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (abc3340.com)
Opelika receiver fights for the ball with a Hoover defensive back. (abc3340.com) Opelika receiver fights for the ball with a Hoover defensive back. (abc3340.com)
Hoover's Cooper Carden gets his left foot down in bounds for a 7-yard touchdown against Opelika. (abc3340.com) Hoover's Cooper Carden gets his left foot down in bounds for a 7-yard touchdown against Opelika. (abc3340.com)
Hoover players grip the AHSAA Class 6A State Championship Trophy, the ninth in school history, following their 31-0 win over Opelika. (abc3340.com) Hoover players grip the AHSAA Class 6A State Championship Trophy, the ninth in school history, following their 31-0 win over Opelika. (abc3340.com)

The No. 1 Hoover Bucs won their ninth state championship in school history by shutting out Opelika 31-0 Friday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Hoover head coach Josh Niblett relied heavily on his workhorse running back Calen Campbell to run away with the title, finishing a perfect 15-0 along the way. 

Campbell, the game's MVP, had 30 rushing attempts and racked up 191 yards and three touchdowns in the win. In the final three games of the season, he accounted for 10 touchdowns, and his 45-yard scamper for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the fate of the Bulldogs. Campbell finishes the season with 1,476 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Hoover's other scoring plays came from kicker Hunter Schmith, who kicked a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter, and quarterback Connor Short, who hit Cooper Carden for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.

Hoover's offense rolled up 371 total yards on their way to hoisting the blue state trophy.

The Bucs' defense held Opelika to 181 yards of offense, and Alabama football legacy Marlon Humphrey picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards, setting his offense up for a score.

Before tonight, the 2004 Hoover Bucs were the only team to win the AHSAA Class 6A State Championship with an undefeated record.

Opelika finishes the season 10-5 after making an incredible playoff run to earn a spot in the title game. After losing the regular season finale to Hoover, the Bulldogs reeled off four straight wins over four talented teams in Pelham, Daphne, Auburn and Carver-Montgomery.

The Bucs cruised through the North bracket in Class 6A seemingly without a scratch. Hoover thumped Shades Valley and Pell City in the opening rounds before discarding their cross-town rival Vestavia Hills 21-7 at Vestavia in the quarterfinals.

Hoover was dominant in their semifinal showdown with Clay-Chalkville, sending the Cougars packing with a 44-20 crushing. They topped it all off with a shutout tonight, the Bucs' third of the season.

Since 2008, the Bucs have piled up an astounding 70 wins with only six losses.

Hoover's road to the 6A State Championship:

Regular Season

Game 1:  Hoover 35, South Panola, MS 10 (1-0)

Game 2:  Hoover 45, Hueytown 6 (2-0)

Game 3:  Hoover 50, Jackson-Olin 0 (3-0)

Game 4:  Hoover 55, Northridge 7 (4-0)

Game 5:  Hoover 35, Vestavia Hills 15 (5-0)

Game 6:  Hoover 38, Bessemer City 7 (6-0)

Game 7:  Hoover 31, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14 (7-0)

Game 8:  Hoover 14, Minor 0 (8-0)

Game 9:  Hoover 28, Tuscaloosa Co. 10 (9-0)

Game 10:  Hoover 30, Opelika 6 (10-0)

Playoffs

1st Round:  Defeated Shades Valley 38-7  (11-0)

2nd Round:  Defeated Pell City 49-26 (11-0)

Quarterfinals:  Defeated Vestavia Hills 21-7 (13-0)

Semifinals:  Defeated Clay-Chalkville 44-20 (14-0)

Finals:  Defeated Opelika 31-0 (15-0 6A State Champions)

 

More AHSAA Super 6 Championship Game Stories:

Brantley shuts out Marion County 33-0 to claim 1A State title

Tanner takes down Washington County 28-14 to win 2A State Championship

Madison Academy earns 3A State Championship with 31-7 win over Fayette County

UMS-Wright upsets top-ranked Oneonta to win 4A State Championship

Spanish Fort cruises to 5A State Championship with 45-14 win over McAdory

 

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