The 3A West Creek Coyotes, a fairly new team established in 2009, made the 166-mile-trip from their home in Clarksville, TN to Madison on Friday night. They came for what they had hoped would be a challenge, but the one-sided match-up instead resembled a pre-season jamboree for the Patriots.
It was clear to everyone on the sidelines and in the stands that the Coyotes were out matched by Bob Jones’ size, speed and overall athletic ability.
Bob Jones showed their dominance early by quickly racking up 59 unanswered points by the end of the first half. They would end up scoring 66 points over the Coyote’s 13 for the night.
Bob Jones opened up an offensive onslaught early in the game.
From the very first play, West Creek knew it was going to be a long night. Patriot linebacker Drew Davis intercepted a pass, and four plays later quarterback Jeffery Moss hit Nick Richardson on a 12-yard touchdown strike.
The PAT was good, bringing an early seven point lead for the Patriots in the opening minutes of the game.
It did not take the Pats long before they would find the end zone again
Blazing 51-yards on just two plays, Bob Jones capped it off with a 27-yard touchdown strike to Richardson, brining the score to 14-0 with nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Nick Beavers got into the scoring mix on the Patriots’ next possession. He found the end zone from six yards out after a 66-yard drive in just five plays, to make the Bob Jones lead 21-0 after the PAT.
After a chip shot field goal by senior Andrew Dunn, the Patriots extended their lead to an astounding 24-0.
The Patriots next possession was a carbon copy of all the others, marching down the field and putting points on the board. Moss connected with senior Jemel Harper for two touchdowns, and Senior John Caudle crossed into the end zone twice before the end of the half.
The West Creek Coyotes had a bad case of the turnover bug in the first half of the game with three fumbles and an interception. The Patriots did just what they were taught to do — turn opportunities into points.
The halftime score was 59-0.
As the second half got underway the starters’ night was done. All of the Bob Jones players in uniform saw playing time.
Jeffery Moss finished the night 11-15 for 222 yards and four touchdowns to help the Patriots unleash 512 total yards of offense with 251 passing and 261 rushing.
“Moss is so mobile, he knows how to extend a play,” said Kevin Rose, Bob Jones’ head coach.
Even with the lopsided game, West Creek coach Jake Cabell did not regret bringing his young team to Madison.
“In order to be the best, you have to play against the best,” Cabell said after the game.
The Patriots open Region 8 play next week at the BOB (Madison City Schools Stadium) on Friday against Hazel Green.
The Trojans opened their season Friday with a win against Madison County.
By Tommy Self