Miscues costly for Blair

first_imgGLENDALE — Blair High School’s football team came close to earning its first victory of the season Thursday night against Hoover thanks to a solid start and a surprising fourth quarter rally. Unfortunately for the Vikings, a string of costly third quarter turnovers negated those positives and resulted in a 38-30 nonleague loss at Glendale High. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Vikings tacked two-point conversions onto each of the scoring plays to make it a one possession game but could not get the ball back with enough time to threaten again. Blair got back into the game by forcing turnovers, but the Vikings’ own carelessness with the ball also proved to be their undoing. A late second quarter interception of Vikings quarterback Steven Austin inside the Hoover 30 killed a drive that could have tied the game. But it quickly turned into a two-possession game when the Tornadoes kicked a field goal as time expired in the half. Trailing 24-14 at halftime, Blair fumbled at the Hoover goal line after a 60-yard drive to open the third quarter. Later in the quarter, consecutive Blair fumbles deep in its territory set up Hoover for consecutive touchdowns and a 24-point lead. center_img Trailing 38-14 at the start of the final quarter, Blair took advantage of three fourth quarter fumbles by the Tornadoes — two of which led to touchdowns. The first TD came on a 67-yard fumble return by Ronnie Jackson with 5:14 to play. Just 3:45 later, Cedric Jolly cashed in on another Hoover turnover with a 48-yard touchdown run on the first play after the turnover. last_img read more