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Herbert Hoover trio sparks season-ending road rout

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Gazette photo by LAWRENCE PIERCE.......'NHSHHHS2'.......6x6.12.......Hoover's #10 Shaun Dotson stiff arms Nitro's #5 Joseph Monroe in second half action.......11/8/13.......

Herbert Hoover didn't look like a team playing in its season finale Friday night.

Led by the three-headed monster of Tyler Americo, Shaun Dotson and Colton Thomas, it scored on four of its first five drives in the first half, taking a commanding 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

Dotson rushed for 176 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, and Americo added scores on runs of 3 and 17 yards as Hoover capped its season with a 48-14 victory at Nitro in front of approximately 100 people who decided to brave the cold, blustery weather.

"We just wanted to get this win for the seniors on the team," Americo said. "We came into the game wanting to give it all we got and play hard to get this victory."

The junior quarterback also tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brenden Holbrook.

Dotson, also a junior, didn't see the game as just a finale to the 2013 season but also a preview to the 2014 season.

"We are a really young team," Dotson said. "We have been playing together since we were very little. We have room to get a lot better."

Hoover coach Tim Meyer shared Dotson's sentiments.

"We lost a lot of real close games," Meyer said. "The ball bounces our way and we may be 6-4, 7-3. The kids realize that. They also realize that there were a couple of opportunities that slipped by us. They played strong and never hung it up all year. We have a great group of kids."

The Huskies (3-7) lost three games this year by one score or less. But they made sure Friday's game wouldn't be decided by a margin that slim.


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