Hoover 10 - Austintown Fitch 7
October 6, 2006
Ball control saves Hoover
NORTH CANTON Hoover’s Matt Wakulchik returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and also kicked a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter as the Vikings defeated Fitch in Federal League play.
Wakulchik kicked the game-deciding field goal with 8:54 left in the fourth quarter.
The Hoover defense then forced a three-and-out on the Falcons’ following possession.
Hoover got the ball back with 7:17 in the game and held the ball for the remainder of the contest.
Kevin Dahl led Hoover in rushing with 64 yards on 19 carries. Dahl helped Hoover run out the clock in the fourth quarter by rushing for four first downs on the Vikings’ game-ending drive.
Hoover had another dominant performance on defense. Leading the way was senior DE Neil Michaels (8 stops), senior LB Jordan Bucar (18 stops) and junior LB Kevin Dahl (9 stops). Hoover held the stacked “I” of Fitch to under three yards per carry.
Keane Boyd scored Fitch’s only touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Chris Smaldino. It was Smaldino’s only pass completion of the night, and he finished 1 of 7 passing with no interceptions.