Panthers routed by Hoover

Published 11:19 pm Friday, September 30, 2011

Pelham's Kenny Meadows gets swarmed by a group of Hoover tacklers during the game Friday, Sept. 30, at PHS. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Pelham Panthers fell 61-6 to the visiting Hoover Buccaneers Sept. 30, giving Hoover its 12th consecutive victory over PHS.

Fumbles and interceptions plagued the Panthers in the loss, as Pelham turned the ball over 10 times on the night.

“I’ve only got one quote. If you get 10 turnovers, you aren’t going to beat a soul,” Pelham head coach Brett Burnett said after the game.

Pelham recorded 202 total yards of offense on the night. Quarterback Tanner Adams completed four of 10 passing attempts for 41 yards.

The Panthers’ lone score came late in the third quarter, when junior defensive back Antonio London dropped Hoover quarterback Connor Short in the Bucs’ endzone, forcing a Hoover fumble.

Pelham junior defensive lineman C.J. Garner recovered the fumble, giving Pelham its first score of the game with 4:25 left in the third quarter. Kicker John Perko’s PAT attempt fell short.

After forcing the Panthers to go three-and-out on their first drive of the game, Hoover scored a little more than three minutes into the game on a 10-yard run by Caleb Sims.

Two Pelham turnovers helped the Bucs build a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Two more PHS turnovers in the second quarter led to Hoover touchdowns, and helped the Buccaneers extend their lead to 49-0 at halftime.

After Pelham recovered a Hoover fumble in the third quarter and returned it to the Buccaneers’ 26-yard line, Pelham fumbled the ball a few plays later, giving Hoover possession on its own 3-yard line and setting up Garner’s fumble recovery in the end zone.

After Pelham’s ensuing onside kick attempt went out of bounds at the Hoover 40-yard line, the Bucs were forced to punt the ball away.

On Pelham’s next possession, a botched snap to punter Justin Nolen in the end zone led to a Hoover touchdown.

After converting a fourth-and-4 play, the Bucs added their final touchdown late in the fourth quarter.