A stunning finish

Glendale scores with no time left on the clock, defeating Hoover, 18-13, on Thursday.


By Katherine Coppersmith and Breann Pimenta

Eleven seconds might not seem like enough time but it can change everything. The final 11 seconds of Thursday’s football game between Glendale and Hoover were the most memorable moments in the storied rivalry between the schools.

Trailing by one point, with 11 seconds left on the clock and at Hoover’s 36-yard line, the Nitros didn’t lose hope. 

Nitros quarterback Justin Melville threw a 36-yard Hail Mary pass to Daniel Autry, who out-jumped two Tornado defenders, to catch the ball and reach over the goal line for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.

Glendale’s sideline spilled onto the field to celebrate an 18-13 win on its home field. 

Just 35 seconds earlier, Hoover quarterback Ethan Davis took the ball in to give Hoover a 13-12 lead and seemingly give the Tornados the win. 

The game started off with no more then back and forth in the first quarter but just six minutes before half time, Glendale scored a touchdown and missed the extra point to take a 6-0 lead. 

The Tornados knew they had to keep their heads up if they wanted any chance at winning the last game of the season. 

It wasn’t just Hoover that wanted to win. Only four minutes into the second half the Nitros scored once again making it 12-0. 

Down to the last quarter and the Tornados were yet to score. 

That was quick to change because wide receiver Javon Lymon scored Hoover’s first touchdown of the game only a minute into the quarter. Daniel Baneham made the kick, which made the score, 12-7, with 11 minutes left in the game.

The final 11 minutes, especially those final 11 seconds, will not be forgotten by the Hoover and Glendale players.

“Mistake free football was our theme of the week but we didn’t do that.” Hoover Coach Azad Herabidian said when reflecting on the game. 

The season overall was a success but it really hurts to lose this game. This is a big game for a lot of the guys and we wanted to have payback from last year but there’s just something about this game that seems to affect the nerves.” 

Hoover ended an amazing season with a 7-3 record.

(The 3-hour. 20-minute mark of the video shows the final 11 seconds of the game)