The first half was a slugfest as both teams did a good job of feeling each other out. Two Prattville turnovers kept the game from getting away from Hoover as the Lions led 13-3 at the break despite turning the ball over inside their own 40-yard line and fumbling inside the Hoover five. Still Prattville did enough to take a 10-point lead into intermission.
After a scoreless first quarter, Prattville got on the board thanks to its stingy defense. With Hoover driving, junior safety Nick Perry caught a deflection and outran the Hoover offense 72 yards for the first points of the game. Brian Egan added the point after to make it 7-0 Lions. The lead was extended to 10-0 just three minutes later on a 41-yard boot from the left-footed Egan.
Hoover finally got something going on offense late in the half as the Bucs drove 68 yards on 12 plays, setting up a 25-yard field goal by Dylan Breeding. Unfortunately for Hoover they left 2:14 on the clock, just enough time for Prattville to drive into field goal range. With the seconds ticking off in the first half Egan knocked one through from 39 yards to put Prattville up 13-3 at the break.
Prattville DE Alex Page finished with six tackles, a sack and two tackles for losses.
Taking over at the 48-yard line after the kickoff to start the second half, Hoover got things rolling as they moved into scoring position in a hurry. The play of the drive came on a third and 20 from just outside the 30-yard line. Stepping up into the face of heavy pressure from La'Angelo Albright and Alex Page, quarterback Simon Propst hit his receiver Joshua Magee in stride and by the time he finished wiggling he was inside the one-yard line. Propst finished 17-35 for 133 yards on the day. Two plays later Hoover scored on a one-yard plunge by Jimmy Cain to tie the game at 13. The drive covered 52 yards on 12 plays and lasted 5:41.
Hoover's defense then stiffened in a big way. Forcing Prattville into a long yardage situation in its next drive, Hoover safety Brian Jackson drilled the quarterback at the one-yard line to force a punt. It traveled just 20 yards to set the Bucs up in great field position and they quickly moved down to the one. That's when big Anthony Holland saved the day. First he forced a fumble and then recovered it to keep Hoover off the scoreboard.
Prattville then got a big play from Jerodis Williams. Making up for a costly fumble on the goal line in the first half, Williams broke loose for 21 yards to give the Lions some breathing room. He finished with 65 yards on 16 carries. The drive would stall, but a huge 58-yard punt by Owen McCoy flipped the field position. When Prattville forced a Hoover punt in return little Early Lucas brought it back to the Buc 31. Hoover's defense stiffened, forcing a 33-yard attempt from Egan. Continuing his huge day, he blasted the kick through to give Prattville a 16-13 lead with just 2:47 left in the contest.
All over the field for the entire game, safety Zach Brownell then came up big for Prattville late in the contest. Following a 39-yard kickoff return by Justin Sly to set the Bucs up, Propst hit Trevino Carr for 17 yards and Magee for 13 to put the ball at the 27. Going for the gusto, Propst threw the ball to the corner of the end zone, but Brownell made a great play to snag the ball and end the threat with just 1:44 left in the game.
Things weren't quite over in this one though as a three and out by Prattville forced a punt. Hoover got a hand on the kick and it rolled dead at the Prattville 24-yard line with only 41 seconds remaining. Three plays produced seven yards and with six seconds left Breeding had a shot to tie the game from 32 yards, but it missed wide left to start a celebration on the Prattville sidelines.