“Back in 2015, James Clemens coach Wade Waldrop gave a blunt assessment of his team’s series with crosstown foe Bob Jones.
“At some point, we’re going to have to win one to make it a real rivalry,” he said.
It took seven years, but the Madison Bowl has finally met Waldrop’s qualification.
James Clemens quarterback Jamil Muhammad accounted for five touchdowns as the Jets beat the Class 7A, No. 5-ranked Patriots 36-20 tonight.
“It’s big; it’s very big,” Waldrop said after the game. “I’m proud. The guys played hard, It felt like it should have happened before now, but these guys have battled hard and I appreciate it; love them.”
Bob Jones (2-1, 0-1 Region 4) led 20-14 at halftime, but James Clemens (1-2, 1-0) answered with 22 unanswered points on Muhammad touchdown runs of 6 yards, 1 yard an 6 yards. The Jets switched gears and went with a power running game in the second half, totaling 208 yards on 35 carries. James Clemens attempted only three passes in the final two quarters after throwing 11 in the first half.
“I love those types of situations,” Muhammad said. “I love when somebody can look me in the face and say, ‘Jamil, we believe in you.’ That was my time to take over. When I was little, I watched my brother, (former Bob Jones standout) Terrance Pride, take over games. I always wanted to be the guy who was able to do that, and I was tonight.””
“Player of the game: Muhammad, a Vanderbilt commitment, also scored on a 3-yard keeper in the first half, and threw a short pass to Austin McGhee, who raced 63 yards to the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Muhammad finished with 118 yards rushing on 24 carries, and he completed 11 of 13 passes for 188 yards.”
“Key sequence: Leading 29-20 late in the fourth quarter, James Clemens faced fourth-and-3 at the Bob Jones 10-yard line. The Jets went for it, and Dylan Blackburn came through with a 4-yard run. Muhammad scored from six yards out on the next play with 3:57 left in the game. James Clemens ate 7:12 off the clock on the 13-play, 72-yard drive.
James Clemens stat sheet: Blackburn ran for 102 yards on 20 attempts. Collin Moore added 84 yards on 13 carries. Jaylin Ware picked off Caden Rose on the Bob Jones possession after James Clemens went up by 16. Defensive tackle and Vanderbilt commit Daevion Davis caught a 2-point pass.
Bob Jones stat sheet: Rose scored on a 30-yard run and threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Cam Pugh. Rose completed 13 of 32 passes for 179 yards. He was missing one of his top targets in Dylan Ray, who had knee surgery on Thursday after suffering an injury in last week’s win over Mainland (Fla.). Khalil Griffin added a 25-yard touchdown and he caught a 2-point pass from Rose. Artavian Toney and Je’han King recovered fumbles on consecutive James Clemens possessions in the second quarter.”
“By the numbers: 50 – Yards of offense for Bob Jones in the second half, all of which came through the air; 7 – Punts by Bob Jones, each of which came after a three-and-out series. The Patriots punted on their first three possessions of the second half, then threw an interception and turned the ball over on downs; 1 – Onside kick recovered by Bob Jones. The Patriots got the ball at the James Clemens 30 with 40 seconds left before halftime, but didn’t gain a yard on four plays; 2 – Failed 2-point attempts by Bob Jones.
Coachspeak: “We had drives going in the first half, but we had turnovers. The defensive line (played great), outside of the first two plays, where we brought pressure, missed something and gave up the big plays. We quit bringing pressure and just said we’re going to play ball, and the guys did a great job.” — Waldrop
“Jamil played well and did everything we needed him to do. We knew we had some things in the run game, so he put his big boy shoes on and ran hard. We think he can do a better job of it, so we’ve got to get better.” — Waldrop
They said it … : “Man, it feels great. I could not wait for this type of game. I’m trying not to stand here and cry. I came a long way.” — Muhammad
“The offensive line did awesome tonight. I love those guys. I fed them biscuits for breakfast this morning. I never thought they would fight for me the way they fought tonight. They did their jobs.” — Muhammad
“It’s always fun to win, but when you can came out and do it like this, it’s always crazy; it’s great. I don’t know what to say right now. We came out and did what we had to do. Whatever we ran seemed to work. Every time we lined up, we wanted to bring physicality. I guess you could say our technique worked this game.” — Davis”
Recap from al.com.