CHAPMANVILLE - Herbert Hoover started strong Friday against Chapmanville but the Huskies faded in the second half, falling to the Tigers 33-19.
Hoover took an early lead on a Tyler Americo pass to Joey Forbes for a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter and extended the lead to 13-6 when Americo found Josh Gurski in the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown with 19 seconds to play in the half.
On the final play of the second quarter, Chapmanville (1-1) got creative and got back in the game.
Quarterback Max Spradlin threw a backward pass to running back Dustin Smith, who pulled up and hit Brady Cox inside the 10-yard line. Cox broke several Hoover tackles and lunged across the goal line as time expired to cut the Hoover lead to 13-12 at the break.
"We put that in a couple of weeks ago and thought it was a good one because [Smith] is an ex-quarterback," Chapmanville coach George Barker said. "We wanted to keep everybody honest."
Huskies coach Tim Meyer said errors kept Hoover (0-2) from its first win of the season.
"A couple mental mistakes here and there," he said. "It's tough. Our kids played hard, but like I said we made a couple of mental errors."
Hoover got the ball to start the second half and saw a promising 10-play drive come to an end on a Shawn Dotson fumble.
Chapmanville took advantage of the Huskies' mistake and moved the ball through the air on its way to another Cox touchdown reception, this one from 15 yards away from Spradlin. Cox finished with five catches for 71 yards and three touchdowns and Spradlin was 9-of-14 passing for 138 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.