The new season brings the same question. Who will challenge the Hoover Bucs?
Since head coach Josh Niblett took over in 2008, the Bucs have a 69-6 record, while winning three state championships.
The coach has no worries about his team becoming complacent.
"You can't drive forward looking in the rear view mirror," Niblett said. "I told our kids you can go back and reflect when you're sitting on the front porch with your grandchildren in your lap."
Hoover beat Opelika 31-0 on December 7th in the 2012 Class 6A State Championship game. A month later, the team was getting ready for next season with winter workouts.
"At Hoover, we're held to a standard," senior linebacker Chandler Coskery said. "Last year, won the state championship. It's awesome, you celebrate, but then when workouts start you go right back to the grind."
Seven state championships since 2000 tends to get your name, time, and place circled on opposing teams calanders.
"People always say, 'Hoover is going to get complacent, Hoover they always win. We got them this year.' But we just take it as motivation factor and don't take anything lightly," Coskery said.
"We never circle one team on the schedule," Niblett said. "We circle them all, because we get everyone's 'A'game."
The Bucs begin fall practice on August 5th before leaving to fall camp at East Mississippi Community College. The players aren't thrilled about spending four days in Scooba, Miss., with a population of 650, but they know the benefits.
"It's 60 miles to the nearest grocery store," Niblett laughed.
"It's tough, its hot, its football 24-7," Coskery said. "Once we come out of Scooba, we're a more unified football team. It creates team unity. Scooba is really when we become a team."
Hoover does have a quarterback battle with the graduation of Connor Short. Niblett said it will come down to either senior Jay Burton or junior Jack Hutcheson.
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