On third-and-4 at the Hoover 47, Crawford threw a swing pass to Dominic Walker, who couldn't hang on to it. He and players on both sides thought it was a forward pass and walked away, but the ball went backward and the officials remained silent. With prodding from the home crowd, Zane Weese picked up the waiting pigskin and ran it 43 yards for a touchdown.
Hoover (1-5) hung on to keep the deficit at 21-7 at the half, and had the ball to start the second half. On the third play, Shaun Dotson blew up through the middle and kept going, scoring on a 59-yard run to make it 21-14.
After an exchange of punts, the Indians took a two-score lead again with a 15-play, 81-yard drive that gobbled up 91/2 minutes. Stowers had six runs and one reception, but an 8-yard gain on fourth-and-2, on the first play of the fourth quarter, was especially critical. Crawford hooked up with Miller for a 12-yard TD and a 27-14 lead.
Hoover answered with a 13-play, 82-yard drive with 12 runs and a single pass. Eventually, the Huskies simply fed fullback Tyler Hoffman eight times, gaining 44 yards and the final 5 for a TD. The extra point was missed, setting the score at 27-20.
The big problem: The clock melted from 8:55 to 2:59 left. The Huskies opted to kick long for a touchback, but Stowers and Sissonville ran out the clock.
Dotson ran for 133 yards and Hoffman added 61, most of Hoover's 212 rushing yards. The Huskies were outgained 423-273, but the halftime margin was 263-95.
"Our kids have played hard all year," said Hoover coach Tim Meyer. "They came out, they got up on us early and we struggled to come from behind."
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