USC commitment Marlon Williams (shown above) is a player to watch Wednesday night
Auburn, Ala.--It’s an opportunity for a state football championship repeat when 13-0 McGill-Toolen takes on 11-2 Hoover High at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Wednesday night to open the Super 7.
Last season the Yellow Jackets won in Tuscaloosa over Spain Park to capture their first-ever state title, but they will have to go through the state’s most high-profile high school football program to get number two.
With 10 state championships and 17 finals appearances, Hoover is back in the title game and looking to ride its defense to a win, but the Bucs will have to slow a potent McGill-Toolen attack to get the job done.
Led by former Auburn baseball commitment Bubba Thompson, the Yellow Jackets are averaging 40.3 points per game this year and have scored less than 35 just twice (24-3 over Spanish Fort and 27-23 over Enterprise). With USC wide receiver commitment Marlon Williams and Air Force commitment Brandon Hinton leading a talented quartet of receivers who have at least six touchdown catches each, McGill-Toolen’s high-powered attack will test what is likely the best defense in Alabama this season.
Allowing just 136 total points with 61 of those coming to out-of-state powers Allen, Tex., and Grayson, Ga., Hoover has held every in-state foe to 14 points or less this year. Only two teams managed to get to double figures with Bob Jones scoring 10 and Gadsden City 14 on the Bucs.
It’s the linebackers who lead the way for the Bucs with Christon Taylor’s 69 tackles and 10 sacks making him a player to watch. Tulane commitment K.J. Vault and Bowling Green commitment Kholbe Coleman round out a group that has paced Hoover’s defense all season long.
Hoover’s offense has been solid but not spectacular this season, but a player to keep an eye on is junior wide receiver Shedrick Jackson. The nephew of Bo Jackson, he’s a deep play threat for the Bucs and could get extra touches in this one.
Defensively for McGill-Toolen Troy commitment Tre Young is the leader in the secondary while linebacker Carlton Martial has been a playmaker with over 100 tackles and 10 sacks on the year.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.