The revolving door that had become Hoover’s first high school football game of the season has stopped on Central-Phenix City.
The Bucs will visit Central-Phenix City to open the 2020 season on Friday.
Central is the third school Hoover has scheduled for its opener because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Dothan canceled its game against Hoover at the Hoover Met because it had a player test positive for the virus.
Hoover had scheduled Dothan a few weeks ago because the Bucs’ previously scheduled opener against Lowndes County (Ga.) in the Corky Kell Classic in Atlanta was canceled because Georgia pushed its high school season back two weeks because of COVID-19 and because of Alabama’s decision to start its season as scheduled this week.
Central also had its first game canceled against Peach County (Ga.) for the same reason and had been looking for an opponent.
Hoover athletic director Andy Urban said he began contacting likely opponents on Monday after the Dothan game was canceled and was fortunate to schedule Central.
“The long and short of it is we’re trying to get teams on the field because you never know what might happen next week,” Urban said. “We wanted to do it and do it safely, and we’re comfortable with the plan they have.”
It will be the first game for new Central head coach Patrick Nix, who won 38 games and two state titles in three seasons at Pinson Valley.
The Bucs and Red Devils met in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic in Montgomery to open the 2019 season with Hoover rallying for a 17-14 victory.
Only 2,000 tickets will be available for the game Friday at Central’s Garrett-Harrison Stadium because of COVID-19. No tickets will be sold at the game. The ticket allotment is 1,200 for Central, 800 for Hoover. Tickets are available through GoFan and are $10 each. There is no reserved seating and masks are required.