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Hoover couldn’t beat the (bleep) out of these guys
Prattville upsets Bucs to take 6A state crown

By Jay Reeves
Associated Press Writer

BIRMINGHAM — Next up on MTV: Prattville puts a stop to Hoover’s dreams of a fifth straight state title.

Justin Albert ran for three touchdowns — two of them backbreakers in the second half — and MVP Larry Smith accounted for 174 yards of offense as Prattville knocked off Hoover 35-21 to win the Class 6A title Saturday.

With cameras from Hoover’s MTV reality show “Two-A-Days” on the sidelines, Prattville limited Hoover’s high-powered offense to 323 yards and recorded six sacks, a record for a 6A championship game.

The Lions (15-0) beat Hoover (13-2) as soundly as did national powerhouse John Curtis, a private school from Louisiana that dealt the Bucs their only other loss, 28-14, and killed Hoover’s shot at a chance for a mythical national championship.

Hoover players watched quietly as Prattville players streamed to midfield to accept the state trophy. A few Bucs clapped for the Lions, who had five scoring drives of 66 yards or longer.

“Our only expectation is state championships,” said Prattville coach Bill Clark. “We’ve been knocking, and we finally came through the door.”

Things were bad from the start for Hoover, which never led.

With Hoover pinned at its own 11 on its first possession, Prattville’s Xavier Wright blocked a punt by the Bucs’ Jordan Means, and Zach Brownell fell on the ball in the end zone for the score.

“I thought the difference in the game was the blocked punt,” said Hoover coach Rush Propst. “It got them off to a great start.”

Albert put Prattville up 14-0 early in the second quarter on a 13-yard run around right end. He added scoring runs of 14 and 64 yards in the second half to seal the win for the Lions.

Smith threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dekendrick Moncrief, who caught six passes for 71 yards.

The speedy, scrambling Smith finished 11-of-14 passing for 96 yards, and he ran 14 times for 78 yards.

Dennis King scored two touchdowns for Hoover on runs of 5 and 26 yards, the last coming against Prattville second-teamers as time ran down.

Hoover’s Ross Wilson, a star of the MTV show, completed 14 of 26 passes for 184 yards with an interception. Wilson, who was briefly knocked out of the game on a hard hit, also ran 7 yards for a score.

But Wilson made a costly mistake. With Hoover down 21-14 but driving for what could have been a tying score, Terrell Jackson intercepted Wilson at the Prattville 21 to end the threat.

The second season of “Two-A-Days” is expected to debut in early 2007, but Propst said he might have another job by then.

Having built what he referred to as a “dynasty” at Hoover, Propst said he already has had “indirect” contact with UAB about the head coaching job vacated by Watson Brown.

Propst also mentioned the possibility of becoming offensive coordinator at Alabama, which is looking for a head coach, or at Auburn, if Al Borges leaves.

Officials with the Alabama High School Athletic Association estimated the attendance at more than 25,000.

That made Saturday’s crowd the largest to see a title game since the finals moved to Legion Field and switched to the Super 6 format a decade ago.

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