Back 2 Back 6 A State Champions Norcross Blue Devils
Back 2 Back 6 A State Champions Norcross Blue Devils
We continue our inside access look with Josh Niblett as he open up his doors and allow his family to speak to us. Being a coaches wife can be difficult when you also have a family to manage on top of that. But Karon Niblett seems to have it all under control along with her other captain Josh. They are the perfect teammates. Let’s go All Access: Conversation with Karon Niblett.
Early Football Life
KN: I went to Alexandra High School, who also are state champs in football as well. So I have grown up around football and always knew that it would play a big role in my life. Football is a calling on my life.
Football Safety in the eyes of a Parent:
KN: I put the safety of issues of my children who play sports especially my two sons who play football in the hands of God. So I feel comfortable with my kids playing sports.
Growing up in a Football Craze State
KN: I’m 1 of 3 children. We met when I was 24 years old. I never was married before , I didn’t have kids when Josh and I met. Football has been a ministry for us and we want to make a difference in Hoover and in the lives of players.
How We Met
KN: Josh heard my Pastor speak. He had been invited to speak at the church I was attending and He picked me out of the choir and asked the Pastor for my number and gave me a call, the rest is history.
KN: I like to listen to contemporary Christian Music.
Favorite Game Day Dish:
“This robust and creamy ap
“This robust and creamy appetizer features cream cheese, blue cheese salad dressing, cayenne pepper sauce, crumbled blue cheese and Swanson® Premium Chunk Chicken, heated together to make a dip that tastes like Buffalo chicken wings but without the mess!” – by Frank’s® RedHot®
Original recipe yields 4 cups
We aren’t Perfect as Parents:
KN: No parents are perfect. We try to encourage them to have a relationship with Jesus Christ in their life. We monitor their friends, electronics and music. Only Shaw our oldest has a cell phone. We have to be hands so they won’t fall into bad situations, I think that’s how all parents are. We stress surrounding themselves with Godly friends.
Our Impact as a Family in Hoover:
KN: Josh and I go to the same church that the team parents go to. We are very involved in the church community. In the end we want to make a difference in the lives of the kids and people here.
Courtesy: Our thanks to Karon Niblett and the Niblett for allowing our staff to be apart of their lives.
A special edition of Inside the Game Week with Motivational speaker and Coach Josh Niblett as we highlight the State Championship game with Hoover vs. Auburn and take a look back at the 2013 season for the Bucs.
(CJN) We knew coming in that Auburn would be a very athletic team and because of what was at stake we knew we were going to get their best game. We were prepared for the environment because we had experienced it enough times to know what it feels like to make it here and to what it takes to win we had some rain roll through but that’s football were ready in all kind of weather and were especially ready for a game like this. At the half I talked about execution. That as good as our defense is playing we couldn’t let our end down on offense.We had some penalties early on and a pick we wished we could have had back but I felt we blocked a punt for a touchdown. Auburn had turnover the ball a lot the week before playing us, we made a play when we had the right opportunities we got a script by our defense and we just went to work from there. Whether it’s “Turnover Tuesday” in practice so we made plays and took the opportunities we had been given. and never looked back. Auburn kids played tough. But our kids knew what we were playing for,that at Hoover we play for championship and we weren’t going to have it any other way and that showed in our attitude.Tuck(Borie) has been money for us. But it’s not just one guy, its Hunter Schmidt, Trey Davis it’s a team effort on that end of the ball. Hoover wins Back to Back Championships 20-3 over Auburn. The Bucs close the season riding a 30 game win streak.
Hoover Bucs Back to Back State 6 A Champions; 10th State Title
(CJN) To God Be the Glory. The seniors, the staff, the community great people like our Principal Don Hulin, Athletic Director Myra Myles, Assistant Athletic Director Andy Urban and my support staff, Karon my kids. But it’s been a great season, looking back on it we finished 30-0 and Back to Back State Champions.When you win a state championship the talk is about either repeating or rebuilding. To me its not about repeating, it’s not about rebuilding or reloading. It’s about Refocusing. That’s the word we use around the Hoover program. the next class after them will try to go for the 45-0 mark so they can enjoy the same experience. We had some things we dealt with on and off the field that was difficult, but in the end it allowed us to win a state championship.
2014 Season Preview
(CJN) The group next year will have to create their own legacy. Every group is different and we take it year to year. The definition of greatness to me is to do things better than before. The Hoover teams in the past have won back to back so that’s been done. But to my knowledge no team has yet to go back to back in undefeated seasons. This next group can do even better and go 45-0.
Surviving the difficult times in Life
(CJN) God put me in the position for a reason and that’s to instill faith and trust. Six years ago when I first got here we had those who were on board and some who weren’t. But I had to do things the way I know how to do them. We had some who were afraid to buy in because they would sell out just as fast. But those who have bought in, have trusted me and my staff to do what is needed to be done. I take things personally. And that’s in a good way. I feel if you take things personally then it means something to you. That’s why I stick to continually saying we need to do the little things right.
In Titus Chapter 6-8 It says something to the affect that we should encourage our young men and set examples for them. And the message should be sound that those around you can’t say anything bad about you. I thought to myself that has to be the message of this program. That message describes us. IN Jeremiah it says God knows the plans He has for your life, plans to prosper you. I believe that. I’m not perfect but I do the best I can.
Hoover vs. Colquitt Co. (Ga) 24-10 W
Hoover vs. Hueytown 35-0 W
@Jackson-Olin 63-0 W
Northridge 56-14 W
@Vestavia Hills 17-7 W
@ Bessemer City 48-7 W
Hillcrest- Tuscaloosa 28-6 W
Huntsville 41-7 W
Shades Valley 33-14 W
@ Florence 22-21 W
Vestavia Hills 31-28 W
State Championship Auburn in Tuscaloosa 20-3 W
@ Minor 41-9 W
Tuscaloosa County 41-0 W
@ Opelika 29-7 W
2013 Copyright by Live1 Media. Inside the Game week with Hoover Coach Josh Niblett a GameOn Production.
Athletic Director Myra Myles and Hoover High Athletics.
2013 State 4A Champions
Griffin 52 vs. Carrollton 35 F
The Bears have won a title since 1973, today they made up for the lost time. The Bears exploded in late in the first half and in the second half never looked back. Trey Willis left everybody in the dirt and sealed the deal with a 98 yard kick return for a touchdown. The Bears put the most points in the dome besides Creekside and they earned their state championship.
Steve Devoursney captures his first state title as head coach of the Griffin Bears, Steve ‘s record a 128-35 over 10 years. The Devoursney family breathed a sigh of relief after the game was all said and done and Mrs.Devoursney said she was very proud of him and the boys as she called them. They felt like family to me.
2013 4 A State Champions
2013 Class 6A Champions Central Rockets of Miami,FL
Central 52 vs. Armwood 7 F
Dalvin Cook came and conquered with over 200 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns Cook added to his total of touchdowns this year with 26. Cook and Rockets routed the Armwood to stake their claim in Orlando.
2013 State 6A Champions
Lovett 14 vs. Lamar Co. 7 F
We played the hardest schedule in the state of Georgia and we are state champs for it.” Head Coach Mike Muschamp. Lovett has been chasing a state championship for 43 years and today they finally achieved there goal. On the legs of what coach Muschamp calls one of the best players in the state, Grant Haley showed his dominance late in the game rushing 130 yards on the ground. Enjoy Lovett you are the state champions.
Mike Muschamp comes in bolstering a 90-13 record at Lovett. With stout offensive and defensive line play in this game and all season long, Muschamp finally can get his hands on the high school level most coveted hardware and after 43 years of chasing the dream for the school they finally got it done.
2013 Class 1A (Public) State Champions
Marion County Eagles
Marion County 12 vs. Charlton County 3 F
The players made a statement that they felt they had to be the best team in the stadium tonight. It has been a long time coming said one Marion County player, but we did it. To the large sea of red that engulfed the dome today congratulations to the Marion Eagles.
Mike Swaney the head coach of the Marion County Eagles put together one special season 13-1 and the GHSA State Championship.