Hoover just keeps winning

Tornados trail early, come back to win, 19-14, to improve to 5-0 on the season.

By Fatima Hernandez and Nelly Navasartian

After a tough and difficult game against the Rams of Temple City High on Friday night, the Tornados pushed through and won 19-14, increasing their record to 5-0 of the season.

Nothing has been able to get in the way of the Tornados on the field, even with players being out sick and others missing practices because of illnesses. The Tornados have still showed up and demonstrated what they’re capable of.

As the first quarter began, the crowd started to get anxious as no touchdowns were scored in the first few minutes of the quarter. About four minutes and 51 seconds into the first quarter, the Rams made their first touchdown, a rushing touchdown by Judah Douglas and a two-point conversion that turned the score to 8-0, one of the few times the Tornados have trailed this season.

However, Hoover made a comeback.

“We smell blood, it’s time to eat, it’s time to hunt and we went out there and we did what we could, we persevered ” said Ethan Davis, quarterback of the Tornados, who threw a touchdown to make the score 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, and then threw another score in the second quarter to give Hoover a 12-6 lead.

Hoover’s Vaghinak Sakayan made a touchdown with less than a minute to go in the second quarter to give Hoover an 19-6 lead going into the half.

“It was a fight, from the beginning we came out slow, but we came out and made some adjustments,” Hoover assistant coach Lane Barchan said.

Head Coach Azad Herabidian couldn’t agree more.

“We came out second half, came from behind, and earned a win,” he added.

The Hoover defense limited Temple City to just one score after the first quarter, which came via a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense working together and everyone doing their own job is how we came through with this win,” Hoover’s Frank Higginbotham said.