An Alabama school is only halfway through its football season, and their fans are already tearing down goalposts. Just imagine if they win a championship. Couches will be burned, cars will be overturned and — wait, this happened at a high school game?
That’s right. When Spain Park blanked Hoover on Thursday, 17-0, students rushed their crosstown rival’s field and nearly brought down a goalpost — and for good reason, if there’s ever a good reason to cause thousands of dollars of damage to school property.
Hoover entered the game having won three straight state titles and 43 consecutive games against Alabama competition. Spain Park had previously played nail to Hoover’s hammer, losing all 13 previous meetings, per AL.com. And Hoover had not suffered a shutout loss since Sept. 27, 1991 — before anybody playing on Thursday was born.
The website has footage of the aftermath that’s worth of a “Friday Night Lights” episode.
“It means everything,” Spain Park head coach Shawn Raney — once a defensive coordinator at Hoover — told AL.com. We’ve been preaching for three years the kind of program we want to have, and I feel like we’re starting to get there. And to do something that’s never been done is always great. It’s unbelievable. I’m still just sitting here trying to soak it all in.”
For the record, a goalpost costs somewhere in the vicinity of $5,600, according to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, but Hoover City Councilor John Lyda is taking that in stride, especially since the goalpost in question didn’t entirely come crashing down and become a safety issue.
And if the Jaguars (5-1) ever get to a title game, someone get the “Purge 3” director on the phone.