Bob Jones High School rolled up 272 of its 336 total yards in the first half Saturday night to down Carver-Montgomery 37-30 in the final game of the 2015 AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
The win by Coach Kevin Rose’s Patriots from Madison wrapped up Saturday’s AHSAA doubleheader hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Gordo beat Glencoe 28-21 in the early game Saturday and Madison Academy downed Leeds 19-14 in Friday night’s Champion Challenge opener. Friday’s game was a regular-season contest that opened the season for both teams while Saturday’s two games were preseason jamboree games.
Bob Jones jumped out to a 30-9 halftime lead before Carver stormed back with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to tie the game at 30 all heading into the final quarter. Wolverines quarterback Slade Price, making his first start for Coach Billy Gresham’s squad, scored on a 1-yard run to start the third-quarter rally at the 6:51 mark. He then found Xavier Lane on a 39-yard strike for the second TD two minutes later, and Daron Jenkins scored on a 6-yard run with 39 seconds left in the period to tie the game.
The Patriots got the lead back quickly when Brad Anderson returned the following kickoff for 57 yards to the Carver 35-yard line to set up Derek Marion’s 14-yard TD reception from Collins Hess four plays later. Although the Wolverines moved the ball well in the final quarter, Bob Jones kept them out of the end zone to seal the victory.
Miles Strickland scored three touchdowns in the first half for Bob Jones, which opens its season next Friday at Decatur. The senior had 12 carries for 68 yards, all in the first half. He opened the scoring with a 5-yard TD run at 9:13 of the first period to cap an eight-play, 70-yard drive to start the game. He tacked on a 1-yard TD with 2:05 left in the half to put the finishing touches on a 71-yard, 12 play march. He also caught a 37-yard TD pass from Milkhi Stewart late in the first period.
Starting Patriots quarterback Brady Polson connected with Derek Marion for a 21-yard TD midway through the second period. Matt Stephenson closed out the first-half scoring with a 40-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
Carver starting quarterback Slade Price found receiver Darrion Steele behind the Bob Jones secondary for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 6:13 left in the second period. In the first quarter, Kaleb Mosley kicked a 36-yard field goal for Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines. Another field goal try failed when it hit the goalpost left upright.
Polson finished 16-of-25 passing for 159 yards and a TD. Collins Hess and Milkhi Stewart each completed a pass to give the Patriots 210 passing yards on the night. Strickland and Stewart each finished with four catches for 62 and 49 yards, respectively.
Price was 18-of-25 for Carver for 338 yards and two scores. Lane was his favorite target with nine catches for 132 yards and a score, and Darrion Steele had six receptions for 142 yards and a TD. Channy James was the Wolverines’ leading rusher with 33 yards on eight carries. Carver finished with 386 total yards to out-gain the Patriots by 50 yards.
Carlos Davis led the Bob Jones defense with seven tackles. A.J. Harris and Jay Hawthorne also had one interception each. Brandon Northern and Antonio Nelson sparked the Wolverines defense with eight tackles each. Quandre Giles and Eric Blow also had seven tackles apiece.