Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bob Jones Finally Wins at Ogle Stadium

DECATUR, Alabama – Fifth-ranked Bob Jones High and Decatur were dead even at halftime Friday night, each with three points and 98 total yards. But the visiting Patriots rode two big plays to a 17-3 win at Ogle Stadium. Unbeaten Bob Jones improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in Class 6A, Region 8. “It’s just an historic win for us,” the Patriots third-year coach Kevin Rose said. “Bob Jones had never beaten Decatur at Decatur High School. That was our objective all week. We just continued to play great defense. And our offensive line took control of the game. It was a total team effort. All three phases of the game contributed. No turnovers.” Nick Beavers had 12 carries for 145 yards and one touchdown, an 89-yard burst up the middle on the Patriots first play from scrimmage at 7:58 in the third quarter. “I just saw the opening, and I took it and just ran for my life,” the senior running back/kick returner said. Senior quarterback Jeffery Moss, who has committed to play basketball at Murray State, completed 11-of-15 passes for 87 yards. “We had that big run our first play second half,” Moss said. “And the rest of the way it was just defense.” The Patriots defense made the second big play when Reggie Ragland sacked Decatur quarterback Will Laughlin, forcing a fumble. Rishad Goode scooped up the loose ball and ran 95 yards for a touchdown with 5:41 left in the game. “I was thinking we got a little relief so that was good for us, so the defense has got to step up,” said Ragland, a senior linebacker/receiver who has committed to Alabama. He finished with eight tackles, including his sack. Andrew Dunn made a 36-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the first half. He also averaged 32.6 yards on his six punts and put the ball in the end zone on a kickoff. Decatur (4-5, 4-3) got a 41-yard field goal from Jackson Walraven with 3:45 left in the second quarter. “That’s a very good football team,” Red Raiders coach Jere Adcock said. “They’re very athletic, they’re extremely well coached. We were very well prepared for them. I thought our kids played very well. Like all great teams, great players, they made the plays when they had to make them.” The Huntsville Times, October 21, 2011.

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