Special teams hurts Hoover

ARCADIA — One week, it faces a physical running team that's too powerful.

Another week, it plays a team with a spread offense and an aerial attack that's difficult to contain.

This week, it met a team with a superb special teams that had its way.

The Hoover High football team surrendered three returns for touchdowns in the first half of their 49-6 Pacific League loss to host Arcadia on Friday night.

"It's something different with this crew every week," Tornado Coach Chris Long said. "We can't tackle anybody. I've never seen anything like this."

Arcadia already had a 7-0 lead when David Maldonado waited at the 30-yard line for a punt. He took the punt toward the sideline, raced to the middle of the field and was barely touched, as he ran in for a 70-yard return and a 14-0 Apache lead just five minutes into the game.

Arcadia (5-3, 4-1 in league) was far from done.

After Myles Carr threw his second touchdown for a 21-0 lead, Hoover had a three-and-out possession and was forced punt. Maldonado eagerly waited for another chance to score.

He took the punt at his own 32 and, just like the first score, didn't face much difficult while scoring and giving Arcadia a 28-0 lead.

"We just don't get to the ball," said Long, whose team fell to 1-7, 0-5.

Hoover scored for the first time in three games when Luke Taboyoyong took a screen pass from quarterback A.J. Pule (17 of 28 for 192 yards) and received stellar blocks on his way to a 58-yard touchdown. Arcadia's Everett Frazier quickly frustrated the Tornadoes, taking the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown.

"They just have some good players," Long said.

For the Tornadoes, Jesse Pina had a game-high 11 catches for 78 yards. Teammate Devaughn Williams had six receptions for 78 yards.

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