Multiple Teams · Bob Jones High School: 46 – Florence High School: 22 (BJ Upset #7 Ranked Florence Falcons)

Bob Jones Patriots Upset #7 Ranked Florence Falcons

Huntsville Times 125MADISON – The Bob Jones High football players met at midfield and jumped up and down while chanting, “Bob Jones! Bob Jones! Bob Jones!” They had just beaten Class 6A seventh-ranked Florence 46-22 before their home fans at Madison City Schools Stadium. “The kids just played their hearts out tonight, bottom line,” Bob Jones coach Shannon Brown said. “(Offensive coordinator) Kevin Rose had a tremendous game plan for them, and our kids executed it to the T.” The Patriots improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 8. Florence has an identical record. “It wasn’t just a win, it was a decisive win,” Brown said. “I’m just ecstatic for our players.” Trai Ragland had 21 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns, plus an 82-yard pass reception for a third TD. “We came out and executed our game plan,” said Ragland, a sophomore running back. “And that gave us a victory tonight.” The Patriots led 32-22 at halftime and shut out the Falcons in the second half while scoring 14 points in the third quarter. “We got outplayed tonight,” Florence coach Alvin Briggs said. “Bob Jones came out with a great game plan and stuck to it. You’ve got to give credit to Coach Brown, his staff and his players. They executed the game plan, and they came out on top.” The Falcons opened the scoring on their first play from scrimmage when quarterback Bryce Curtis completed a pass to Damien Simmons. The catch-and-run covered 80 yards. Bradley Addison kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Florence lead. Bob Jones answered with a 14-play, 81-yard drive capped by Ragland’s 2-yard run to cut the deficit to 7-6. Shawn Southward’s 68-yard run, followed by Jamarcus Jackson’s two-point conversion run, put Florence ahead 15-6 after the first quarter. Bob Jones stormed back with Ragland’s 1-yard run at 10:11 in the second quarter. Quarterback Nick Acosta added a two-point conversion pass to Ricky Fernandez. On the ensuing kickoff, Derek Birdsong returned a fumble 11 yards for a 22-15 Bob Jones lead. Florence answered with Curtis’ 5-yard pass to Simmons. But the Patriots did all the scoring the rest of the way. Acosta threw his 82-yard touchdown pass to Ragland. Braden Hager kicked a 22-yard field goal for the Patriots’ 32-22 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Bob Jones added Collins Moore’s 37-yard run and Aaron Sherrill’s recovery of Ragland’s fumble in the end zone after a 15-yard run. Skip Vaughn, September 13, 2008 8:39 a.m.

Bob Jones 6 26 14 0 46
Florence 15 7 0 0 22



First Quarter

FLO – Simmons 80 pass from Curtis (Addison kick), 11:47
BJ – Trai Ragland 2 run (kick failed), 8:44
FLO – Southward 68 run (Jackson run), 6:28

Second Quarter

BJ – Trai Ragland 1 run (Ricky Fernandez pass from Acosta), 10:11
BJ – Derek Birdsong 11 fumble recovery (Ragland run), 10:02
FLO – Simmons 5 pass from Curtis (Addison kick), 5:58
BJ – Trai Ragland 82 pass from Nick Acosta (Anderson kick), 5:38
BJ – Braden Hager 22 FG, 2:24

Third Quarter

BJ – Collins Moore 37 run (Anderson kick), 11:36
BJ – Aaron Sherrill fumble recovery in end zone (Anderson kick), 4:24


First Downs 23 20
Rushes/Yards 46-217 31-188
Passing 239 172
Comp/Att/Int 13-20-0 11-24-1
Total Yards 456 360
Punts/Avg. 2-31.5 3-41.3
Fumbles/Lost 5-2 6-4
Penalties/Yds. 11-115 5-50