"We worked really hard for this. Some people thought we weren't really good. We proved them wrong.''
It all started so swimmingly for Scott, which moved 72, 51 and 55 yards for touchdowns on its first three possessions to go ahead 22-7 and bumped that lead to 29-13 by halftime. The first carries for running backs Cam Loftus and Triston Crone gained 27 and 23 yards, respectively.
The combination of Brown to Dehart was working well much of the night, with Brown completing 17 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two scores and Dehart catching eight balls for 126 yards and two TDs.
But it started to unravel a bit in the second half for the Skyhawks, who threw two interceptions, lost a second-half fumble and were flagged 11 times for 96 yards. In addition, Brown was sacked thrice in the fourth quarter as Hoover's line started to dominate. Brown also had to leave the game more than once with leg cramps.
Scott's first four possessions of the second half ended in a lost fumble, a punt and two failed fourth-down plays. Loftus and Crone were bottled up after their swift start and finished with a combined 16 carries for 77 yards. Crone did catch four passes for 83 yards, including a beautifully-designed screen pass for a 47-yard score.
Holbrook (4 of 7 for 114 yards), who threw two first-half interceptions for Hoover, was replaced in the second half by junior Tyler Americo. Both started games last season after Holbrook was injured in the opener and Americo took over under center.
Americo hit on 3 of 6 passes for 23 yards and ran nine times for 45 yards and a TD, but most of the offense was provided by Dotson and fullback Colton Thomas (13 carries, 76 yards, one TD).
"I wanted to be out there really bad,'' said Dotson, who kept coming back in the game despite cramps. "I was trying my best to get back out there.''
Triston Hager intercepted a pair of first-half passes for the Huskies. Garrett Roberts returned an interception 33 yards for a Scott score.
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