"[Cox] has good hands," Barker said. "Once we get in the flow of the game, our offense, because we mix it up a whole lot, we're hard to guard when they do things right. We're getting better."
After a Hoover three-and-out on the next series, Smith took over for Chapmanville.
The senior broke runs of 69, 78 and 51 yards in the second half on his way to 227 yards on the ground for the game. He added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to top his big night against the Huskies.
"[Smith] was a 1,000-yard rusher last year and there's no quit in him," Barker said. "I think he only came out for one play in the entire game. He's going to keep coming and keep coming. They may make a tackle one play, but he keeps coming back."
Meyer said the Hoover offense's lack of production made it especially tough for the defense in the second half.
"Defense may have been tired, but on the offensive side of the ball we weren't helping them," he said. "A couple three-and-outs here and there. When your defense is out there the whole time, that's what happens."
The Huskies were missing starting quarterback Brenden Holbrook, who suffered a broken leg last week against Ravenswood. In his place Americo threw the ball 21 times - completing 14 - for 152 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. On the ground, Dotson gained 100 yards on 23 carries and scored once to lead Hoover.
"[Americo] played well," Meyer said. "Shawn always runs hard and is a great kid. He really did a good job."
Chapmanville travels to Scott next week, while Hoover hits the road to play at Wayne.