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Vestavia Hills 30, Hoover 27 (10/16/09)

October 17, 2009

Hoover vs. Vestavia is THE game in the state of Alabama. All eyes were on these two teams as both are ranked in the top ten of the 6A class. The Hoover Bucs came into the game with the advantage of a six-year winning streak over Vestavia, but the Rebels were determined to see that streak come to an end.

Despite the chilly October weather, stands were packed as the Bucs and Rebels took the field for their pre-game warm ups. Vestavia took Hoover, the number #1 ranked team in the state, by surprise. The Rebels could not be stopped, proving that big rivalries produce big plays. By the end of the first quarter, Vestavia was leading the game 20-0. Nothing seemed to be going right for the Bucs, who threw four interceptions and watched the Rebel offense hammering in the touchdowns.

By the third quarter, the Rebels were leading 27-0 and Hoover decided they’d had enough. The Bucs 2009 season has included several games with late “come from behind” wins, and they were hoping this game would be no different. The Hoover offense rallied and had a chance to take the win on the final play of the game. With 24 seconds left to play, Maricuz Harper of Vestavia sacked the Hoover quarterback on a fourth down. Vestavia secured the win and went on to be the 2009 Great American Rivalry Series Champions with the score of 30-27.

This game, dubbed as the upset of the season, is the epitome of a Great American Rivalry Series match-up.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.