MADISON – With the game on the verge of slipping away for good, fourth-ranked Bob Jones turned to the best of its multiple play-makers. ,
Collins Moore came through.
On second-and-goal at the 20-yard line in overtime, Moore got behind Huntsville’s secondary and made a diving corner catch for a touchdown.
Bob Jones then recovered a fumble on the Panthers’ second play to secure a thrilling 38-31 victory in front of a sellout homecoming crowd at Madison City Schools Stadium.
Bob Jones led 31-14 when the fourth quarter began.
“We learned we’ve got to play 48 minutes,’’ Moore said. “Tonight, we had to play more than 48 minutes.’’
Bob Jones moved to 5-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 8. Huntsville fell to 3-3, 2-2.
“We’re going to win the rest of our games,’’ said Huntsville junior Kyron Clay, whose 44-yard touchdown on a double-pass and ensuing two-point reception tied the game in regulation with 1:23 remaining.
For Bob Jones, Trai Ragland had 97 yards on 16 rushes with one touchdown. He also passed for one TD.
For Huntsville, Azaria Green had 156 yards on 29 attempts with two TDs. Clay had four receptions for 116 yards.
“We’ve go to get this effort every single week,’’ Huntsville coach Scott Sharp said.
Huntsville got a 43-yard field goal from Charlie Thomas to start the scoring.
Bob Jones went ahead 7-3 on a 40-yard halfback pass from Ragland to Jeffrey Moss, and in the second quarter made it 10-3 on a 36-yard field goal from Brandon Hager.
After Green scored from the 3 to tie it at 10-all, Huntsville recovered a high kickoff and quarterback Will Nunn scored from the 1 to make it 17-10.
Bob Jones pulled even before halftime at 17-all on a 16-yard run by Ragland.
The Patriots surged ahead in the third.
Xavier Gaddy scored on a 9-yard run with 6:03 left in the quarter before Moss made a nice one-handed grab on the run to haul in a 26-yard TD pass from Zach Freeman at the 1:27 mark.
The Panthers found life when they drove their ensuing possession 80 yards, all on the ground, in 17 plays to a 3-yard TD by Green. The extra point was blocked.
Late in the fourth, Huntsville took over at Bob Jones’ 44-yard line after stopping a fourth-down run with 1:31 remaining. On the first play, Nunn tossed back to Nathan Vardaman, who threw a touchdown strike to Clay.
Nunn then hit Clay for the crucial two-point and send it into overtime.
“You always want to see how your kids react to adversity,’’ Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose said. “We’re just finding a way to win.