The Hoover High Viking football team welcomed the visiting Boardman Spartans, a fellow Federal League team, to their home turf Friday night. Hoover came into the game riding an undefeated home streak and an overall record of 4-2.
The game started with two Viking scores. Hoover quarterback Dom Iero scored a rushing touchdown at 11:01 in the first quarter. After the Vikings recovered a Boardman fumble, Iero again scored on a rushing touchdown at 8:23. The extra point went wide, leaving the score 13-0 in favor of the Vikings.
Boardman responded with a Turel Thomson rushing touchdown at 5:53. Hoover immediately responded with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Iero to Luke Grandjean at 5:35 in the first, bringing the score to 21-7 after a successful two-point conversion.
Boardman made another move late in the first quarter with a long run by quarterback John Babos. The Spartan quarterback fumbled while being tackled on the play and the Vikings recovered the ball in the end zone.
The second quarter featured a distinct lack of scoring until a two-minute flurry of scoring by the Vikings. Dom Iero ran a touch down in with 2:09 remaining in the half. After getting the ball back, Hoover's Alex Binnie caught a pass to score again with 30.1 seconds remaining. With the score getting out of hand at 35-7, Hoover recovered the ensuing kickoff and scored again at 19.7 remaining with yet another Dom Iero touchdown. The score at the half was 42-7 in favor of Hoover.
The halftime show was a mix of Boardman band's superhero-themed show and the announcement of Hoover's homecoming court, King Nathan Burns and Queen Caly Russo.
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Boardman was the only team to score in the second half, starting with a quarterback sneak at 3:15 in the third quarter to punch across the goal line. The extra point attempt was bobbled and the attempted quick pass was incomplete, leaving the score 42-13.
The Spartans scored again in the fourth quarter with a Nathan Jones rushing touchdown with 8:17 remaining in the game. An onside kick was attempted while trailing 42-20 by Boardman, but Hoover recovered. Hoover's strategy of running the ball to run down the clock worked and they won with a final score of 42-20, bringing their record to 5-2 on the season.
The Vikings visit Canton Central Catholic next on Oct. 12.
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