Division III Final: Christian 31, Hoover 9

The Patriots didn’t want to be the bad guys ruining a feel good story.

But on Saturday, it felt good for Christian Unified to embrace the hate.

Riding a three-touchdown performance from Adrian Petty and a defense that wouldn’t quit, the Patriots upended the Hoover Cardinals, 31-9.

“We just had to stay focused throughout the game,” Petty said. “We knew that they were a real talented team, a fast team. They had a great front four. We just had to bring it.”

And bring it they did to a team that had drawn attention from the entire county along their dream season. Hoover was in the CIF finals for the first time in their long history, on top of earning only their third league title since the Kennedy administration.

But in a sign of the day it would be for Hoover, it would be defense that would do them in.

After an impressive three down stop for Hoover, Kyle Thompson would land a punt inside the five yard line. Hoover could not work their way out of the shadow of the end zone, finally succumbing to a safety by Brandon Hester.

That forced Hoover to kick off to Christian up 3 to 2 – a lead that was about to fall asunder to the thrilling junior out of the east county.

“I just [saw] a crease and I just hit it,” Petty said. “I had to go.”

And go he went – to the tune of a 77 yard kick return to the house that gave Christian a lead they would never relinquish.

“It was a real big play for us,” Petty said. “End zone. That’s all I wanted was the end zone.”

He would feed that thirst two more times in the contest, as would quarterback David Todd Jeremiah. The grandson of a preacher man would throw a picture perfect touchdown strike to Nick Sexton in the third that wrote their ticket a state semifinal berth.

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