First published in the Oct. 1 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
The Hoover High School varsity football team made history last Friday after routing host Marshall High in Los Angeles, 42-8.
The Tornados are undefeated through their first six games, an achievement that hasn’t happened since the 1953 season.
Hoover (6-0 overall) seemingly has its sights set on posting the best record in school history if it can finish undefeated. The 1943 and 1952 teams didn’t record a loss but the unbeaten seasons were muddied by ties.
“The six games we’ve won have been a product of our kids putting in the work that we’ve asked from them and they should be proud of that,” Hoover head coach Azad Herabidian said. “It feels good to be winning but there is a much larger goal here.”
The Tornados made quick work of Marshall, gaining a 35-0 advantage by halftime. Hoover accumulated 19 first downs on 45 total plays while having possession for approximately 28 minutes of the game.
Junior quarterback Ethan Davis was terrific in the pocket, completing 16-of-22 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns and also rushing for 55 yards on five carries.
Junior Joseph Dizon made four catches for a game-high 118 yards, while senior Daniel Rangel had five receptions for 116 yards.
Sophomores Davion Holloway and Javon Lymon each made a pair of catches for 46 and 19 yards, respectively, senior Frank Higginbotham lll had two receptions for 15 yards and junior Aram Darbinyan made a 7-yard catch.
Junior Cedric Lynum rushed for 45 yards on eight carries, senior Andrew Torres rushed for 31 yards on nine carries and junior Alexi Alexandrian had a 10-yard carry. Junior Daniel Baneham went 5-for-5 in PAT attempts while junior kicker Nicolas Poravas drilled his lone PAT.
Hoover looked to solidify itself in the record book as the first in school history to begin the season with seven straight wins when it traveled to Nogales High in La Puente last night; the game finished after the Glendale News-Press’ deadline and will be included in next week’s issue.
The Tornadoes will host Carpinteria in a nonleague game on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.