FNL Preview: Hoover at Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook defensive end Drew Traylor

This week's Friday Night Lights goes to Mountain Brook, and will mark my first visit there as FNL correspondent. The Spartans (1-2) have struggled in their first year without Joey Jones, who is now the mentor for the fledgling Birmingham Southern program.

It won't be a shock to see Jones or one of his staff members at the contest scouting though, as FNL spotted a BSC assistant just last week on the sidelines at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery observing the Prattville win over Jeff Davis.

What they will probably see is a Spartans' loss to mighty Hoover, (3-0). Rush Propst comes in with arguably his best team ever, including a star-studded list of prospects including quarterback Ross Wilson (UA baseball commitment), tackle Patrick Crump (Bama greyshirt commitment), Scout.com five-star defensive tackle Kerry Murphy (a Bama/Miami battle), offensive lineman Ryan Pugh (Auburn Commitment), defensive lineman Josh Chapman (Auburn commitment) and wide receiver Brandon Clear, a Virginia transfer whose dad commutes to Montgomery's Maxwell AFB each morning so his son can play for the mighty Bucs.

The Spartans will counter with an all-star o-line cast including Tide greyshirt commitment William Vlachos and top junior prospect Tyler Love. Anchoring the MBHS defensive line is Clemson pledge Drew Traylor. First-year boss Chris Yeager's Spartans started 0-2 before pulling a win out over Minor last week.

Hoover, frankly, has not been challenged, though the backups for the Bucs allowed a pair of late Spain Park scores to make last week's 40-28 win by Hoover respectable-sounding.

Things are not very likely to change. FNL looks for a 42-14 Hoover win. We'll hear from Propst and Yeager about the prospects on each team as well as post-game remarks. Stay tuned to FNL on ScoutSouth.com.

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