Hoover 21 - Boardman 6
October 11, 2013
The Hoover Vikings defeated the Boardman Spartans 21-6 to even their mark at 2-2 in the Federal League. Despite three turnovers. Hoover controlled the line of scrimmage and when it was all said and done, the Vikings racked up 341 yards of total offense and ran the ball very effectively. Leading the way was Hoover’s Tyler Howell who had 121 rushing yards on 18 carries. Followed by Chris Bledsoe with 84 rushing yards on 18 carries, Quarterback Luke Grandjean had 40 rushing yards on 9 carries and Sy Hatcher ran for14 yards on 2 carries.
Passing, Hoover was very efficient completing 8 of 12 passes for 84 yards.
Defensively, Hoover played a very dominant game, highlighted by three interceptions. LB Alex Binnie, LB Jack Jajack and DB Dylan Albaugh each had picks at very crucial times in the game. Binnie also registered a sack for minus 15 yards.
With the exception of a 93 yard touchdown run, Hoover’s defense rose to the occasion numerous times through-out the game. With approximately one minute remaining in the first half, Boardman has the ball first and goal at Hoover’s 5 yard line. Hoover stuffed Boardman preventing them from reaching paydirt and possible tying the game going into halftime. A key play was made by Hoover’s DT Trent Thomas, who broke through the line of scrimmage and tackled the Boardman ball carrier for a 4 yard loss. A few plays later, on fourth down, Alex Binnie dropped back into pass coverage (endzone) and broke-up a well thrown pass to end the threat of a score.
All three Hoover linebackers played extremely well. Besides Binnie, Jack Jajack (interception) and Clay Haverfield made key tackles from sideline to sideline. Late in the game, Clay was instrumental in halting a Boardman drive. His tackle for loss (-3) was key in forcing Boardman to punt.
Hoover’s DB Jake Garfield along with the rest of the Hoover secondary defensed several Boardman pass attempts preventing them from having any success in the air.
In the second half, the Hoover defense forced Boardman to go “4 and out” four times. The other two Boardman possessions of the second half ended with interceptions by Hoover’s Jajack and Albaugh.