Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Hager's Big First Half Lifts Hoover Past Roane 37-21

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Hager's Big First Half Lifts Hoover Past Roane 37-21

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By Ryan Pritt Staff writer

After last week's 251-yard performance in a win over Wayne, Herbert Hoover fullback Brody Thomas was the focal point of the Roane County defense early. And boy, did quarterback Triston Hager take advantage.

Hager played the Raiders defense like a fiddle but the read option was his best instrument in carving up the opposition to the tune of 271 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as the Huskies picked up a 37-21 win at Joe Eddie Cowley Field on Friday night.

Roane quarterback Tyler May entered the game with hype as a rushing quarterback, having already established a new school record with 1,905 rushing yards entering Friday's game.

May certainly had his moments in recording 151 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, but it was Hager's show from the beginning as three second quarter touchdown runs and 237 first-half yards put May and the Raiders in a 30-7 hole and sent Hoover (6-2) on its way.

"It looked like they were selling out to stop Brody so we just told him to pull it and Triston did a heck of a job, Hoover coach Tim Meyer said. "He does a heck of a job reading it.

"Before this game I think [Thomas] was the leading rusher in the Cardinal Conference so we figured they may key on him, Hager said. "We had to adjust on the fly. After a few plays we saw they were keying on him and I started pulling it.

The Huskies scored on the second play from scrimmage on a 40- yard Chase Stover run and led 9-0 at the end of the first quarter with Brett Strickland adding a 32-yard field goal.

Roane (6-3) made it a two-point game with May plunging in from 1 yard, but Hager wasn't about to let momentum slip away.

He finished off the next three Hoover drives with scores of 52, 1 and 10 yards while the defense forced two Roane punt attempts and a once close game was blown open.

"There's three phases to that option game and you've got to cover all three of them, Roane coach Paul Burdette said. …

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