Multiple Teams · Buckhorn High School: 21 – Bob Jones High School: 14 (Young preserves Buckhorn win)

Young preserves Buckhorn win

Huntsville Times 125NEW MARKET – With what looked like a certain victory just seconds earlier on the verge of slipping away, senior middle linebacker Keith Young made the biggest play of a football season opener filled with them. Young stepped in front of a Bob Jones receiver and knocked down a pass in the end zone as time expired to preserve Buckhorn’s thrilling 21-14 victory Friday night. The game was also the Class 6A, Region 8 opener for both teams. “I knew they were crossing behind me,’ Young said. “I saw the receiver out of the corner of my eye and then disappear. I dropped it, didn’t catch it. But we won.’ Buckhorn turned a recovered fumble into a game-tying touchdown in the first half, then turned the game over to running backs Marquis Smith and Lemeco Miller in the second. Smith finished with 143 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. Miller had 106 yards on 18 carries. Of that total, 162 came in the second half. “I thought we played hard and the kids laid it on the line,’ Buckhorn coach Michael Jackson said. “We made a lot of first-game mistakes, but I’m excited about the way the kids played. 08_Buckhorn5“Both backs ran hard and (quarterback) Matt Broady did an excellent job running the offense.’ Broady completed 6-of-10 passes for 69 yards with one interception. Buckhorn nearly milked the final 7:44 off the clock to end the game, driving from its 34-yard line to the Patriots’ 25 before giving up possession o interception. Buckhorn nearly milked the final 7:44 off the clock to end the game, driving from its 34-yard line to the Patriots’ 25 before giving up possession on downs with 37 seconds remaining. But Bob Jones had a last gasp. After two 11-yard completions, Trai Ragland took a pass and broke free down the sideline for a 42-yard gain to the Buckhorn 10. The Patriots then spiked the ball to stop the clock with 3.9 seconds left, and on the next play Young knocked down Nick Acosta’s pass. “We had too many early mistakes to overcome,’ Bob Jones coach Shannon Brown said after his team lost the fumble and had two interceptions in the first half. “But it’s early and those things are expected. The kids played hard right to the bitter end. That’s what it’s all about.’ Acosta completed 24-of-37 passes for 250 yards, one TD and one of the two interceptions. The other was on a double pass. Bob Jones went ahead 7-0 on the game’s first series when Acosta tossed a 6-yard scoring pass to Collins Moore. Daniel Anderson added the first of two extra points. Buckhorn’s Darian Sharp returned the ensuring kickoff 45 yards to the Patriots’ 47 to set up Smith’s first TD, a 6-yard run. Nick Luna kicked the first of three extra points at the 5:04 mark of the opening quarter. Bob Jones scored on its second possession to move ahead 14-7 behind Ragland’s 2-yard run. The Bucks’ Stephen Griffin later recovered a fumble at Bob Jones’ 32, setting up a 9-yard TD run by Smith. Luna’s kicked tied it at 14-all at the 3:23 mark of the second quarter. Buckhorn took a 21-14 to open the third quarter when Smith scored from the 5 to cap a nine-play, 71-yard drive. The Bucks made that score hold up as neither team seriously threatened again until the final two possessions. “We started off slow,’ said Sharp, who along with Shawn Brumlow provided interceptions for Buckhorn. “Once we found out what they were doing we progressed.’ (Taken in full from the Huntsville Times) By Mike Easterling – Huntsville Times

Bob Jones 14 0 0 0 14
Buckhorn 7 7 7 0 21



First Quarter

BJ – Collins Moore 6 pass from Acosta (Anderson kick), 7:42
BH – Smith 6 run (Luna kick), 5:04
BJ – Trai Ragland 2 run (Anderson kick), 2:29

Second Quarter

BH – Smith 9 run (Luna kick), 3:23

Third Quarter

BH – Smith 5 run (Luna kick), 8:17


First Downs 18 19
Rushes/Yards 24-61 50-260
Passing 250 69
Comp/Att/Int 25-38-2 6-10-1
Total Yards 311 329
Punts/Avg. 2-46.5 2-35.5
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 6-0
Penalties/Yds. 6-40 4-27