Hoover wins sloppy Champions Challenge contest over Central-Phenix City

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Not even a torrential downpour and 50-minute weather delay could keep Hoover from making a statement Friday night.

The Bucs scored 23 unanswered points after trailing early to defeat Central-Phenix City 23-7 in the Champions Challenge at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Scoring began when Red Devils running back Jaxton Carson weaved his way through the Hoover defense from eight yards out.

Hoover’s answer came late in the first half when Garrett Farquhar found Joseph Timpa on a bootleg for the 2-yard touchdown. Farquhar then dove from three yards on a read option to give Hoover a 14-7 lead with 53 seconds left in the first half. Farquhar was later taken out of the game with cramping. Jalen Parker finished the game at quarterback for the Bucs.

“There are some things we could’ve done better, but at the same time, we won the football game,” head coach Josh Niblett told the Hoover Sun. “Championship football teams have got to learn how to win when the variables and the circumstances don’t go their way.”

Farquhar finished 8-of-25 for 153 yards passing, 13 yards on three carries, and the two touchdowns. Bucs kicker Barret Pickering finished off the scoring with 32, 37, and 29-yard field goals. For Central, Zion Webb threw 6-for-16 for just 51 yards and two interceptions.

Next week, Hoover travels to Texas as they take on one of the better teams in the country in the Allen Eagles. Central-Phenix City takes on another Birmingham-area team in Fairfield.