The two teams were roughly half a yard from matching up in the 6A State Title Game last season. McGill-Toolen fell to Auburn in the final seconds of the state semi-final game, sending the Tigers to play the Bucs in Tuscaloosa. Hoover won their second-straight State championship in as many years.
McGill-Toolen traveled to play Hoover in an home-and-home spring game that began this year. The Yellow Jackets fell to the Bucs, 49-14. Both Jacket touchdowns came from running back, Spencer Ruggs. Despite the humbling loss, head coach Bart Sessions said his team will benefit from the experience.
“Hoover is clearly well ahead of us as this point, we made some critical errors. We moved the ball at times, we got in there and played with them for a little while, stopped them for awhile, at the end of the day though, they’re the better football team at this point of the year, that’s fine. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and the fall. Hopefully we get to a point where we can meet these guys in December,” said Sessions.