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Bob Jones Fall In Overtime Classic

Bob Jones’s overtime game against Minor on Friday night was the best high school football game I have seen since the Lincoln County Falcons beat the Gallatin Green Wave 13-10 in overtime for the Tennessee State Championship in 1982. The Bob Jones Patriots went into this week’s Minor game after a poor showing against Decatur the week prior and at least a 14 point underdog by some predictions. So how did the Patriots respond on Friday night? Outstanding! Even though the game ended in overtime with a Minor extra point kick barely clearing the upright for a 28-27 final score.

In summary, the Bob Jones coaches, led by Mike Bates, were ready and executed a terrific game plan. The Bob Jones players were also ready for the Region 8 contest and played with the most intensity so far this season. Max Martin suffered cramps during the game but had perhaps his best high school game against the 6th rank 6A team in the state that has scored 76 points in their first three games and given up only 7. David Brown played offense and defense most of the game and came up big on a Minor reverse play by playing his position perfectly and stopping the pivotal play. Michael Dean scrambled to score a 2 point conversion that tied the game with 6 minutes left in the game. Michael also passed the ball exceptionally well connecting for a late touchdown with his sure hand receiver, Chris Cooper, when the game seemed to be out of reach. Barrett Sullivan was injured on a huge collision but still didn’t want to come out of the game. Sophomore Jeremy Cunningham caught a pass on 3rd and 12 for a 1st down setting up the Patriots second touchdown. Steven Sullivan was injured on what appeared to be an illegal chop block but came back and played the remainder of the game. Phillip Williams recovered a fumble on the Tiger’s 38 yard line. Ben Deheve played solid defense and had a big sack just before halftime. Ryan Somrack was injured while making a big hit on a Minor running back but still continued to play. Richard Gaiser punted well and launched one punt that rolled deep into Tiger territory. Dirk Caudle provided excellent defensive coverage and blocked well in the backfield on offense. Harmon Gage and Justin Okpara came up with some important tackles. I am sorry if I left anyone out, but what I am trying to convey is the great effort the team gave on Friday night. They just wouldn’t quit.

There are games in a season that people look back on and say, “Our football team or program really turned the corner during this or that game.” This might be one of those games. Friday night’s effort was substantial. The Minor chain crew made up of Birmingham old timers said “this is the best Bob Jones team we have ever seen and the best team we have played this season.” If the Patriots can display the same intensity they showed against Minor, we should do quite well the rest of the season and maybe for much longer. I saw more discipline Friday night as well. We committed fewer penalties and seemed to tone down the taunting of our opponent. We displayed more maturity and were much more focused on what we needed to do to compete.

From my viewpoint, Bob Jones didn’t loose Friday night, they just didn’t win. By John Parkes

1 2 3 4 OT
Bob Jones 7 6 0 8 6 27
Minor 7 0 7 7 7 28

First Quarter

Bob Jones – Martin 13 run (Field kick), 5:13
Minor – Slaughter 1 run (Dellers kick), 1:13

Second Quarter

Bob Jones – Martin 8 run (kick failed), 10:08

Third Quarter

Minor – King 28 fumble return (Dellersd kick), 8:44

Fourth Quarter

Minor – Slaughter 5 run (Dellersd kick), 7:35
Bob Jones – Cooper 79 pass from Dean (Dean run), 6:42


Bob Jones – Martin 3 run (kick failed)
Minor – Slaughter 10 pass from Deroy (Dellersd kick) 

BJHS Minor
First Downs 9 10
Rushes/Yards 33/174 35/225
Passing 142 92
Comp/Att/Int 5/11/0 6/10/0
Total Yards 316 317
Punts/Avg. 5/34.4 3/42.7
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 2/2
Penalties/Yds. 6/50 8/90