Saturday, October 1, 2011

Patriots remain unbeaten at 6-0

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Bob Jones did its homework. The sixth-ranked Patriots, hoping to exploit an opening they saw on film, picked apart Huntsville’s secondary and again played stout defense Friday night to remain unbeaten at Milton Frank Stadium. Bob Jones scored on its first four possessions – converting third-and-long three times and fourth-and-4 once – and went on to a 37-15 victory. The Patriots (6-0, 4-0 in Class 6A, Region 8) led 28-0 at halftime. “A solid win over a good football team,’’ Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose said. Huntsville fell to 3-3, 2-2. The Patriots got 220 passing yards from quarterback Jeffery Moss and seven catches for 167 yards from Nick Richardson in the first half alone. “Coach Rose told us all week to play outside the hash marks, and we just took advantage of it,’’ said Moss, who finished with 242 yards on 16-of-21 passing in three quarters. “We watched film, and I studied the defensive backs like I’m supposed to do,’’ said Richardson, who didn’t have a catch in the second half. “And I’ve got a quarterback that got me the ball.” While Richardson did most of the damage, Kevin Wright set the victory in motion on the game’s opening possession. Facing third-and-18, Moss was flushed from the pocket and found Wright near the sideline for a 33-yard gain and a first down. Three plays later, Nick Beavers, who led a ground attack that amassed 228 yards, including 60 on a fake punt, scored on a 29-yard run. On Bob Jones’ next possession, it faced fourth-and-4 at the Panthers’ 17 when Beavers caught a 4-yard pass for a first down. It initially appeared Beavers was stopped short, but a first down was ruled and five plays later Jay Rogers went in from the 1. Andrew Dunn’s extra point made it 14-0 with 1:14 left in the first quarter, and the Patriots were on their way. “I’d like to brag on my offense,’’ Rose said. “I’m always talking about the defense. The offense really played well in the first half.’’ Richardson caught a 49-yard pass on third-and-17 to set up a 7-yard TD pass from Moss to Kyle Taylor in the second quarter. Bob Jones made it 28-0 when Moss caught a 17-yarder on third-and-10 to set up a 35-yard scoring strike from Moss to Richardson at the 6:13 mark of the second quarter. “It’s one of those things where you feel you’re in position to get off the field and they make a big play,’’ Panthers coach Scott Sharp. “It’s hard to keep overcoming those mistakes." The Patriots got a 34-yard field goal by Dunn in the third and, after Deonte Moore put Huntsville on the board with a 3-yard TD run with 8:11 left, finished their scoring with the 60-yard fake punt return by Darius Tibbs with 6:06 left. Huntsville added a 6-yard TD from Moore and a two-point pass. Mike Easterling for The Huntsville Times, September 23, 201

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