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Short story: Hoover quarterback works quickly in win

The 6-foot senior threw for five first-half touchdown passes and added a sixth on the first series of the second half before sitting out the rest of the No. 17 Buccaneers’ 55-7 defeat of Northridge (Tuscaloosa) on Friday. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 282 yards.

“Somebody is going to miss on him,” Hoover coach Josh Niblett said. “He isn’t the prototypical height, but he has all the intangibles. Connor understands our offense, which isn’t an easy offense to master.”

Short, also a shortstop for Hoover’s baseball team, stepped in as starting quarterback when Sam Gillikin broke his collarbone in the seventh game of the season last fall. Short finished with more than 2,000 passing yards and led the Bucs to a state runner-up finish.

“He has good range and a quick release,” Niblett said. “Recruiters are all about 6-4, but either you can play or you can’t.”

The rest of this week’s top high school football performances (in alphabetical order):

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week

Wyndell Archie, Saraland, Ala.

TE, 2013

Had six catches for 130 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 56-6 defeat of Satsuma on Friday.

Alec Ditoro, Papillion-La Vista, Papillion, Neb.

QB, 2014

Ezekiel Elliott, John Burroughs, St. Louis

RB, 2013

Rushed 12 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown in a 55-7 defeat of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day on Saturday. Elliott also had two touchdown runs called back due to penalties.

Derrick Henry, Yulee, Fla.

RB, 2013

Set a state single-game record on Friday, rushing for 502 yards in a 45-28 defeat of Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Tyler Keane, Myrtle Beach

QB, 2013

Threw a state-record eight touchdown passes in a 56-55 defeat of Conway on Friday.

Mike Richardson, Marble Falls, Texas

QB, 2013

Threw for for 715 yards to break the state single-game record in a 62-55 defeat of Boerne Champion on Thursday night. Richardson threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another.

Kellen Sims, Derby, Kan.

QB, 2014

Normally a wide receiver, Sims stepped in for an injured starter and ran for six touchdowns in the first half of a 47-13 defeat of Salina Central on Friday.

Sam Sizelove, Argyle, Texas

LB, 2014

Set school record with 21 tackles, including 12 solo tackles, in a 44-13 defeat of Kennedale on Friday. The old record was set by his brother Jake, who’s now at Tulsa.

Ben Ziegler, Chapman, Inman, S.C.

QB, 2013

Had seven touchdowns, including five through the air, to help Chapman overcome a 20-point deficit in a 55-47 win Friday vs. Saluda.

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