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Hoover football snaps its losing streak with opening win over Blair

Football: Tornadoes end 17-game losing streak with resounding 46-0 win over Blair.

August 24, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Hoover High running back Ryan Blanks, center, had 59 rushing yards in the Tornadoes 46-0 victory over Blair Friday.
Hoover High running back Ryan Blanks, center, had 59 rushing… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

With both the Hoover and Blair high football teams carrying considerable losing streaks into Friday night's season opener, it was experience that made the difference in the Tornadoes' 46-0 victory.

Hoover just wrapped up its first full offseason under second-year coach Andrew Policky and it showed with an offense that executed next to perfect all night and took advantage of a Vikings squad that had less than a month under new coach Johnny Lopez.

"I have kind of been in that situation before so I know it's tough for them," Policky said. "They didn't have a lot of time to prepare, but it felt good to get that first win under my belt. Our kids put a lot of work into it, it's been a long offseason and it feels good for them and the program to take a step forward and get a 'W.'"

It led to Hoover snapping its 17-game losing streak after going 0-10 last season. The Tornadoes hadn't tasted the thrill of victory since Sept. 24, 2010 when they defeated Mountain View on the road, 45-38.

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Across the field, the loss extended Blair's losing skid to 10 games with its last win coming in the 2011 season opener.

"It's coming together but it's coming together slowly," said Lopez, who was hired July 20 and said it felt good to simply play a game after there was speculation the Vikings wouldn't field a team this year.

Blair had 27 players suited up to play Friday and 34 listed on its roster, which clearly made Lopez proud.

"Everybody says, 'Oh, you had your eight guys,' in the beginning of the year," said Lopez, whose roster includes 22 underclassmen, nine of which are freshmen. "That was day three, look how many I've got now. Look at my team next Friday and there will be a different dynamic, more numbers because everybody will be ready."

No one seemed to benefit more from a full offseason with Policky than Hoover senior quarterback Brendon Kerr, who completed all five of his passes for 102 yards, three touchdowns and also ran for a 17-yard score, as the Tornadoes built a 32-0 lead by halftime.

"Over passing league we felt like we were in a new groove, we were like Hoover 2.0 where it's a totally different team, we threw everything out," said Kerr, who only played the first half with the second string taking over after halftime. "This just shows we can do this if we believe. We just have to work at it as a team."

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