Hoover 49 - Massillon Perry 13
September 27, 2013
Two days after the death of legendary former coach Don Hertler Sr. — who built the Hoover program into a powerhouse from 1960-80 — the Vikings recorded their first win of the season in impressive fashion.
Quarterback Luke Grandjean ran for four touchdowns as the Vikings won a Federal League game in a romp at North Canton Memorial Stadium.
The game began after a moment of silence for Hertler, who remains the Stark County coach with the highest winning percentage among coaches with at least 100 wins.
Hoover — coached by his son, Don Hertler Jr. — then dominated the game. The Vikings outgained Perry 358-123, and had a 26-6 edge in first downs.
Grandjean ran for 168 yards on 27 carries. He also was 8-of-10 passing for 89 yards.
Tyler Howell added two rushing touchdowns for Hoover, gaining 58 yards on seven carries.
Keishaun Sims scored twice for Perry. Sims had 108 yards on just five carries. (1)
Note: Hoover’s defense played an outstanding game. With the exception of an 85 yard run, the Vikings held Perry to 75 total yards on 38 plays.
Offensively, Hoover’s ground game was alive and well. The offensive line, tight ends and fullback provided running lanes all night. Coupled with a core of running backs that gave 100% on every play. A dominating performance by the Hoover Vikings.
Hoover played with emotion as they showed their respect and love for Coach Hertler Jr. as he dealt with the loss of his father, Don Hertler Sr.
Equally impressive was the gesture of respect the Perry Panther football team shown coach Hertler Jr. just prior to kickoff. When the entire Perry team and coaching staff walked across the field and embraced coach Hertler Jr.. That says a lot about a football program and the culture that exists among its ranks. Well done Perry.
We’re going to miss coach Don Hertler Sr., his love and dedication to the Hoover football program and the many student athletes he mentored over the years will go unmatched. He was and is a true inspiration to all that have had the pleasure to know him. The community of North Canton, Stark County, the Federal League and Ohio football will forever be blessed by his presence. (2)
(2) Webmaster, hoovervikingsfootball.com