There are wins, and then there are a few that fall into the category of historic. Last Friday night’s 37-8 Pacific League stunner by Hoover High over Pasadena at Moyse Field was one.
The Tornadoes have had some successful seasons, but those have been few and far between.
Mostly,Hooverhas been the league doormat, and so futile that the Tornadoes’ last victory over the Bulldogs came in 1986.
In fact, this was the first league win over an opponent beside rivalGlendalesince 1994, and it also ended a 17-game league losing streak.
Much ofHoover’s offense is built around running back Jesse Pina, who accounted for 141 of the 267 yards on the ground.
“I’m honestly exhausted,” said the senior who carried the ball 23 times, and was kicked off the team in his junior season. “I try to do as much as I can. I’m ready for every play.”
Pina got into the flow early afterPasadenarunning back Elijah Trejo fumbled after a two-yard loss.
Hoover(298 total net yards) took over at the Bulldog 46-yard line, and Pina’s nine-yard blast with 9:33 left in the first quarter gave Hoover a 7-0 lead.
Jose Abrina’s one-yard run with 4:07 remaining in the opening quarter and Se Jun Kim’s two-point conversion run increasedHoover’s lead to 15-0.
Quarterback Brendon Kerr hit tight end Patrick Kesachekian with a 16-yard bullet and just under nine minutes showing before the half, and Abrina’s two-point run made it 23-0.
Pasadena(1-6 and 1-3 in league) turned the ball over six times, and played without starting quarterback Brandon Cox, who has a broken foot, and will render his services to theUniversityofArizona.
“It’s a big difference not to have him in the lineup,” said Pasadena Head Coach Randy Horton, whose club managed 153 total yards, including 127 on the ground. “He’s a three-year starter. Caleb [Devine] did what he could. I don’t want to say they packed it in, but it’s the focus that they lack. They’re a much better team than that.”
Colin Roach’s eight-yard scamper with 7:34 left in the third quarter made it 30-0, and Kim’s four-yard sneak with just under four minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter providedHoover(3-4 and 1-3 in league) with a 29-point cushion.
Trejo’s six-yard dash and Torus Stepney’s two-point run early in the third quarter made it 30-8.