It’s that time of the year again when two football powerhouses clash on the gridiron, as the Hoover Buccaneers take on the Vestavia Hills Rebels in the long-standing rivalry game. With a history dating back to 1972, this matchup has become a cherished tradition for both communities, showcasing the intense competition and pride that comes with this fierce rivalry.

Thompson-Reynolds Stadium will be the battleground where these two teams go head-to-head on September 15, 2023, in what promises to be an electrifying clash. The Buccaneers, known for their relentless offense, will aim to extend their winning streak against the Rebels, who are determined to break the Hoover stronghold that has persisted since the 2016-2017 season.

The all-time series currently stands at 38-20 in favor of the Buccaneers, reflecting their historical dominance over their rivals. However, the Rebels will be fueled by the memory of their last encounter, a close-fought battle that saw Hoover emerge with a 20-14 victory. They will be looking to avenge that loss and prove that they have what it takes to dethrone the reigning champions.

This game holds a special significance as it marks the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, a prestigious platform that celebrates legendary high school football rivalries. Speaking about the upcoming clash, Rick Ford, founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, said, “The Hoover versus Vestavia Hills rivalry encapsulates the essence of high school football. The passion and intensity displayed by these teams and their communities make it a must-watch event.”

As kickoff approaches, anticipation is building, and fans from both sides are expected to pack the stands, creating a thrilling atmosphere with a crowd size of 7,000. With both teams hungry for victory, the clash between the Buccaneers and the Rebels is sure to be a spectacle that will leave a lasting impression.

In the end, it’s not just about the game; it’s about the traditions, the pride, and the memories forged on Friday nights. The Hoover versus Vestavia Hills rivalry encapsulates the very essence of high school football. So mark your calendars and join us as we witness this clash of titans. We know Friday nights, and this one promises to be unforgettable.

We Know Friday Nights.



John Paul
Vestavia Hills


Matthew Ledbetter

Vestavia Hills

Matthew is an outstanding student. He not only contributes to the varsity football team, but was a pitcher on the 2023 state championship baseball team. Matthew holds a 4.69 GPA and plans to attend college after graduating.
Chalmers Peters


Chalmers is a valuable member of the Hoover High Football team and Lacrosse team. He serves his team, community, and school at a high level. Chalmers has maintained a 4.36 GPA while taking advanced classes, playing multiple sports, and serving his church and school. Chalmers is a great representative of this award and plans to attend on of the service academies.


Tonight, we saw the Hoover Buccaneers face off against the Vestavia Hills Rebels in this intense rivalry that goes back over 50 years. Vestavia Hills started the night by scoring a field goal in the first quarter. In the second, #13 John Paul Head scored a rushing touchdown, followed by a 10-yard rushing touchdown a few minutes later, putting them in the lead 17-0. In the last minute before the half, the Rebels scored another field goal, closing it out 20-0. In the third, #0 Dunson gave the Buccaneers their first points of the night with a 5-yard run, securing them a touchdown. Ultimately, it was Vestavia Hills who took home the win in this clash of titans, winning 26-7!