Eagles scare Hoover
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
Oak Mountain High School football coach Jeff Harris remembers the Eagles’ 60-0 loss to Hoover a year ago this week.
Harris’ emotions turned a complete 180 degrees one year later after watching his team put fear in Hoover before falling to the Bucs 21-14 following two late touchdowns.
“We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress,” Harris said. “That’s due to a great group of kids and assistant coaches. We went down in a valiant effort.”
Oak Mountain jumped out to an early 14-0 lead following a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter.
Jake Kelley returned a rumble 30 yards for a touchdown and kicker Mitch Mathias added the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 6:28 left in the opening quarter.
The Eagles added to the lead with 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Heath Quinn reeled in a 15-yard pass from quarterback Jake Adams.
Mathias added the extra point to push the Eagles’ lead to 14-0.
Oak Mountain held a 14-0 lead until the Bucs scored three touchdowns in the final quarter. Hoover tied it with a passing touchdown with 3:35 remaining and took the lead with a rushing touchdown with just 2:03 left in the game.
“We’ve got nothing to be ashamed of,” Harris said. “I’ve never been more proud of my team. We feel like we can go toe-to-toe with anybody.”