Hoover suffers second straight loss

Tornados fall, 14-13, lose starting quarterback to injury in fourth quarter.


By Amanda Jacob and Nathan Martinez

In a game that should have been just another normal game, the Hoover High football team suffered a loss due to an unforeseen incident. 

Hoover lost to Carpinteria, 14-13, on Friday at Glendale High, suffering its second straight loss after starting the season 6-0.

The Tornados had a scary incident in the fourth quarter.

Hoover quarterback Ethan Davis took a big blow and was down for a while, eventually being taken to the hospital by paramedics. 

“I think Ethan’s going to be okay,” Hoover Coach Azad Herabidian said. “It was purely a precautionary measure that they took to escort him off the field, but I think he’s gonna be okay.” 

Hoover trailed by one at the time of Davis’ injury.

Davis’ injury affected the course of the game, with Hoover running back Cedric Lynum saying, “What happened with our quarterback was really tough as it changed everyone’s mood for the last 5 minutes and 21 seconds of the game. We just gotta be ready to get back to work for our next game.”

Hoover was already playing without several players because of injuries.

“That’s one big thing, we have a lot of injuries right now, which is part of the reason we weren’t able to put up a better performance,” Herabidian said. “We had a lot of guys filling in spots they’re not normally used to playing.”

Hoover struggled in the first half with three turnovers, including two in the red zone. Carpinteria had a 7-0 lead at the half.

It wasn’t until the end of the third quarter that Hoover scored their first touchdown, with a 75-yard touchdown by tight end Daniel Rangel at the 5:54 mark of the third quarter. Hoover had its second touchdown of the night at 11:17 in the 4th quarter, with quarterback Davis throwing a 25-yard touchdown to Rangell. However, Carpinteria gained back the lead with an eight-yard touchdown three minutes later. 

It was a lead that Carpinteria would not relinquish.

“Next week, we just have to continue what we’ve been doing,” Hoover wide receiver and defensive back coach Antonie Simon said. “Just continue everything, just get better.”