Bob Jones continues strong play at Buckhorn
Bill Bryant, October 08, 2010 10:47 p.m
MADISON - Bob Jones made it a point Friday night to show that it’s no pushover when it comes to stopping the run.
Or finishing out a game.
Linebacker Darius Tibbs had the grass stains, the sweat and the limp to prove it.
The fourth-ranked Patriots bent at times, but not enough to break in a 28-14 Class 6A, Region 8 victory over visiting Buckhorn. A week after allowing Huntsville to erase a big fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, Bob Jones buckled down in the key moments, intercepting a pair of second-half passes that effectively took the steam out of the Bucks.
“This week was a big step for us, because last week we didn’t play the full four quarters,” Tibbs said. “We had guys flying to the ball all night tonight and we played tough. We’re still rebuilding from what we lost last year, so this was important for us.”
Tibbs came up big for the Patriots (6-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 8) in a number of ways, finishing with double-digit tackles, intercepting a pass that thwarted the final scoring chance for Buckhorn (4-3, 3-2) and running 12 yards for a critical first down on a fake punt early in the second half.
The latter led to a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Zach Freeman to give Bob Jones some major breathing room at 28-7.
“They made some plays that we weren’t able to counter - the fake punt being one of them,” Bucks coach Michael Jackson said. “Overall, I’m excited by the way we played. I thought we moved the ball on them well enough, but we just kept making little mistakes that set us back.”
Early on, though, Buckhorn didn’t have any offensive luck, going three-and-out on its first possession. The Patriots then went three-and-in-the-end-zone after a short punt, with backup QB Jeffrey Moss catching a 29-yard TD pass from Freeman to help put them up 7-0.
On Bob Jones’ third drive, Moss directed a brisk five-play, 70-yard drive that ended with back-to-back passes to Collins Moore for 31 and a touchdown-producing 26 yards.
“Everything worked out perfectly for us because we jumped out to the early lead,” Patriots coach Kevin Rose said. “They’re a physical team that likes to dictate the pace, but we were able to take them out of that by throwing the ball downfield a little bit. I thought our defense improved by leaps and bounds - we had 11 people going until the whistle.”
The Bucks’ Roddrick Anderson did have his share of success, picking up 135 of his team’s 185 rushing yards on 27 attempts. But the first of his two scores - a 1-yard plunge that trimmed the deficit to 14-7 with 3:17 to go in the first half - was quickly answered by Bob Jones.
Two Buckhorn penalties and a 21-yard reception by Xavier Gaddy (95 rushing yards) set up a 6-yard TD run by Trai Ragland to give the Patriots a two-touchdown edge at the break.
“We challenged them all week,” Rose said. “They responded tonight.”