Bob Jones forces Oak Mountain errors
The Patriots’ defense stepped up Friday night and caused six Oak Mountain fumbles, three of which Bob Jones recovered, to outlast the Eagles 14-6. The game was played at the Oak Mountain Sports Complex, Heardmont Park, which very closely resembles the stadium Bob Jones will occupy in a few weeks. The Eagles received the opening kickoff and moved the ball, using the shotgun formation, out passed mid-field before punting it away. The Patriots went three and out on their first offensive possession and punted on 4th down and four. Oak Mountain took over at about midfield but soon committed the first of four turnovers when George Woods intercepted an Eagle Pass attempt. Bob Jones moved the ball inside the Eagle 15 yard line but gave the ball back to Oak Mountain after a failed 4th down attempt. After a few plays, Daniel Martin recovered a fumble and the Patriots took it inside the 20 yard line but failed again on fourth and short. Oak Mountain started the 2nd quarter mixing it up with passing and running. After a few plays and a couple of penalties, they were forced to punt it away where Bob Jones called a fair catch deep in their own territory. On the next play, Max Martin entered the game as a decoy. The Patriots called a fake handoff to Max Martin and then flipped the ball to Dirk Caudle where he threw an 81 yard TD pass to Chris Cooper. The PAT was good by Jeremy Field. The ensuing kickoff was returned by Oak Mountain to their 32 yard line. The Eagles struggled to move the ball and punted it away to the Bob Jones 36 yard line. The Patriots moved the ball out to the 46 yard line on a pass to Henry Townsend but failed to pick up another first down on the next three plays. A bad snap on fourth down flew over the punter, Richard Gaiser’s, head giving the ball to the Eagles deep in Patriot territory. The Bob Jones defense stepped up again by stopping the Eagles on three consecutive plays. Oak Mountain had to settle for a 31 yard field goal. Ryan Somrack made a nice return on the kickoff before the Patriots turned it over on an interception with little time remaining. The score at halftime was Bob Jones 7, Oak Mountain 3.
Bob Jones received the ball in the second half starting deep on their 10 yard line. After a couple of runs to move the ball out to the 22 yard line, the Patriots failed to move 10 more yards and punted on fourth down. Dustin Lauterbaucher recovered an Oak Mountain fumble on the punt giving Bob Jones the ball back. The Patriots moved the ball slightly up the field but failed to convert on a fourth and six pass attempt to Dominique Fredericks. Oak Mountain continued to be unable to move the ball against a fired up Patriot defense. Chris Cooper called for a fair catch on the 36 yard line after an Oak Mountain 4th down punt. Max Martin made two runs fumbling on the second giving the ball back to the Eagles on the 43 yard line. Oak Mountain executed one first down to end the third quarter. The Patriots started the fourth quarter as they played all night, with pressure! Bob Jones recovered an Eagle fumble on the Patriot 11 yard line. Max Martin moved the ball out to midfield after a couple of strong runs. On third and three, Michael Dean broke through the line and took the ball down to the Oak Mountain two yard line. An Eagle penalty moved the ball to the one yard line where Dean ran a quarterback keeper for the second score. The PAT was good by Jeremy Field making the score 14-3, Bob Jones. Oak Mountain returned the kickoff to the 35 yard and marched the ball down the field on some nice screen passes. The defense held the Eagles as they did all night when they got close to the Patriot end zone. On fourth and seven, Oak Mountain settled for a 24 yard field goal to make the score 14-6. The Eagles kicked off to Bob Jones and tried hard to get the ball back but the Patriot offensive line would not cooperate. Michael Dean and Max Martin ran left, right, and center and just missed scoring again when Max broke loose over the left side and scampered over 40 yards to the end zone. An offensive holding penalty erased the score but not the momentum. The Patriots held on to the ball as time ran out. By John Parkes