SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Over the past couple of seasons, the Hoover High football team has absorbed its share of humbling, sometimes crushing, losses.
It’s quite likely that none of them stung as sharply as the 12-8 defeat visiting Sierra Vista dealt Hoover on Thursday at Moyse Field, one in which the Tornadoes shut out the Dons in the second half and had more than one chance to win the game during a fourth quarter full of cruel twists of fate.
“It hurts,” second-year Hoover Coach Chris Long said. “It hurts a lot.”
Shooting for their first win since the last game of the 2006 season and trying to open a season with a win for the first time since 2005, the Tornadoes saw their hopes come down to a fourth-and-one situation at the Dons’ 11-yard line with 40 seconds left in the game.