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Kevin Rose, Bob Jones keep region dominance streak alive

alMADISON, Alabama -- Kevin Rose's batting average is still perfect when it comes to region championships. The Bob Jones earned a six region crown in six seasons after his team knocked off Hazel Green 41-31, and Buckhorn upset Gadsden City on Friday night. The Patriots and Titans finished with a share of the title, and Gadsden City will be a No. 1 seed in the playoffs by virtue of their head-to-head win over Bob Jones. "I think it shows great consistency from our players and our coaching staff," said Rose, who is 56-14 overall and 40-3 in region play as the Patriots' coach. "We strive to give a great effort every day and improve every week. I think when you win five straight region championships and a share of the sixth .. I don't know how you describe that. I'm proud of it." This year's region title may have been the most challenging. Captains Trent Lynch (safety) and Jeremy Frye (quarterback) were both lost by the midpoint of the season. Bob Jones was 3-2 at one point following back-to-back losses to Gadsden City and Florence. "I think that's why you play high school football, to go through real-ife situations like that," Rose said of the adversity. "Somebody else has got to step up and man the deck, so to speak, and we've certainly done that." Bob Jones had clinched a playoff spot going into the matchup with Hazel Green, but the Patriots still had the region championship streak to keep them from becoming complacent. Despite missing three defensive starters due to injuries, the defense was able to slow the Trojans down in the second half, while the Bob Jones running game amassed 309 yards. "It shows that we're getting better every year and that we're maintaining that; we're staying consistent," senior receiver Torrey Hunt said. "Big shout out to the line because a lot of people didn't think we were going to be physical. We've got the title of being soft. I think that we proved that we're a very physical team." By Daniel Boyette | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on October 24, 2014 10:46 p.m.

Never Give Up

The Incredible Story of a Bob Jones Volunteer Football Coach Overcoming Tall Odds

waaytvMADISON, AL (WAAY) - When somebody talks about a person on a football team that has fight, most are talking about someone on the football field and not on the sidelines. However, at Bob Jones High School, mostly everyone on the football team will you tell that Volunteer Coach Chris Kline is the one with the most fight. Patriots Head Coach Kevin Rose will tell you he has an intense love for the game of football. "As I'm trying to get ready for practice, he always comes in and asks me certain questions," says Coach Rose with a smile on his face. "And, a lot of times, he'll direct me on what I should be doing, and things I need to address with the players," he finishes. Coach Kline is in his 12th year, as a Volunteer Coach, with the team. He's a former Bob Jones student and fan favorite who always had big dreams. "You know, our hopes and dreams when we were parents and he was born a son, that you always would, your son would play football, says Chris's mother Debbie Kline. "Those dreams were crushed and, you know, he wasn't gonna amount to anything. That we didn't even have to take him home," finishes Debbie. Twenty-nine years ago, doctors said Chris had a genetic disorder; he was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. According to Debbie, doctors also told the family that Chris would not amount to anything and that they would have to force him to do everything. Today, he's a vibrant part of the Bob Jones team. "C'Mon, let's go. Get on off. Let's go. Move, move, move. Guys, back up, back up," Coach Kline shouts to players getting off the field during a practice drill. We talked with Chris about his expectations for the Bob Jones football team. "I wanna see this program to be great," Chris says with a little difficulty as he finished his sentence. "I wanna see my team go on to be undefeated. 15 & 0," he said with pride. The players on the team absolutely love him and look at him as a part of their family. "Coach Kline's always there. Whether it's in the morning, after school, he's always at practice," says Bob Jones Senior Wide Receiver Torrey Hunt. "He's always at the games, always there just motivating. He's another one of the coaches. We don't look at him any different," Hunt finishes. "Knowing that somebody cares that much to come out here everyday, real hot, he doesn't have to come out here. But, he still does every day. It just makes you (think) like what's your excuse," says Patriots Senior Right Tackle JD Sims. Coach Kline is not only active with the team, he also participated in the Special Olympics and is active in the community. He's living his life to the fullest and not letting the disorder stop him from doing the things he wants to do. "He's got a part time job that he does. But, he comes straight from his job here every day and does anything we ask him to do," says Coach Rose. He also gives the team pep talks before football games. Coach Kline shared with WAAY-TV what he told the team prior to their game against the Decatur Red Raiders at Madison City Stadium. "Are you ready to go to the next level, to win the state, Hoover is always number one. But, our job is to be big and strong, good confidence," Chris says with enthusiasm. The pep talk must have worked because Bob Jones beat Decatur 28-7. Head Coach Kevin Rose believes Coach Kline will be a part of the coaching staff for years to come. "Hopefully, we can be a blessing in his life by, you know, allowing him to continue helping coach at Bob Jones High School and being a part of this program," Rose says. "Our dreams have been fulfilled. He's out on the football field. He may not be one of the players. But, he's part of the team. He's Coach Kline," finishes Debbie Kline. Chris was inducted into the Bob Jones Hall of Fame for his commitment to the program. He was also named the Grand Marshal of the Bob Jones Parade.

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Bob Jones makes history in replacing Hoover atop ASWA high school football poll

alBIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- For the first time since 2011, Hoover is not the top-ranked team in its class. For the first time ever, Bob Jones is the top-ranked team in its class. A 35-14 loss to Colquitt County (Ga.) meant the Bucs' first 0-2 start since 1994. Coupled with the Patriots' 28-7 season-opening win over Decatur, the Bucs dropped to No. 2 for the first time since the final poll of 2011 while Bob Jones rose to the top spot for the first time in the school's 41-year football history, according to "It's great publicity for our program," said Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose, who sports a 50-11 record since taking over in 2009. "We're not trying to be in position to be No. 1, but we're trying to be in a position to win the 15th game of the season."

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Favorites in the ASWA high school football preseason poll

alBob Jones #4 Jonathan Rice breaks up a pass intended for Buckhorn 314 Devan Whitworth in game action from the Bob JonesBIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- There’s a new a super class in Alabama high school football this season, and the state’s flagship program sits atop its first poll. Perennial powerhouse and two-time reigning Class 6A state champion Hoover, riding a 30-game win streak, is ranked No. 1 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s inaugural Class 7A preseason poll. The Buccaneers, who received all 32 first-place votes, are followed by No. 2 Bob Jones, McGill-Toolen, Spain Park, 2013 runner-up Auburn, Central-Phenix City, Foley, Vestavia Hills, Fairhope and Prattville.

ASWA High School Football Poll Preseason

(First place votes and 2013 record in parentheses)

Class 7A
1. Hoover (32) (15-0) 384
2. Bob Jones (11-2) 233
3. McGill-Toolen (11-2) 224
4. Spain Park (8-3) 218
5. Auburn (13-2) 190
6. Central-Phenix City (6-4) 158
7. Foley (6-6) 137
8. Vestavia Hills (11-3) 133
9. Fairhope (9-3) 75
10. Prattville (7-3) 45

Others receiving votes: Smiths Station (10-3) 13, Murphy (6-5) 5, Gadsden City (5-6) 4, Baker (6-4) 3, Mountain Brook (7-4) 1, Tuscaloosa Co (7-4) 1.

Who are the 5 fastest players in the Tennessee Valley?
Yeah, we know we’re not going to definitively answer the question, but it’s a fun exercise. Some guys are track fast and need track spikes a singlet. Others are football fast – not blazing against the stopwatch, but no one ever catches them from behind under the Friday Night Lights.


Jarek Taylor, Bob Jones The speedy defensive back, who is still angling for a scholarship offer from an SEC school, said he was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.35 seconds at a summer camp. Several players and coaches at the Huntsville high school football media day picked Taylor as Huntsville’s fastest man, and he didn’t shy away from it when asked about it. That means he is indeed fast.


Bob Jones returns star power in defensive backfield

MADISON, Alabama – Perhaps this stingy secondary needs a nickname like the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom.” That’s how big the expectations are for the Bob Jones defensive backfield is entering the season. Despite losing eight starters to graduation, sixth-year Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose doesn’t hesitate when pin-pointing the strength of his defense. “That really should be our strong point – our secondary,” he said. “We feel like our best, most experienced players are in the secondary.” Returnees include safety A.J. Harris, a sophomore who already has an offer from Florida State. Jarek Taylor, a senior cornerback who has run 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has received 10 offers, along with interest from SEC schools like Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Trent Lynch, a senior who missed all of last season, returns at safety. Senior cornerback/safety Santrez Burton is back, too. And so is junior cornerback Brandon Alexander. “I think they should be as good as we’ve ever had,” Rose said. “At least in my tenure, we haven’t had any as good as these guys.” But Rose conceded that losing most of the defense that held opponents to 18.9 points per game presents a challenge. “We kind of hope the offense carries the defense early till they catch up to speed and peak at playoff time,” he said. “But I think when we get them some game experience they’re going to be very good.” Bob Jones plays a multiple defense, with multiple formations that often utilize five defensive backs. “We’re very unconventional. We don’t play a traditional defense,” Rose said. “We think in terms of athletes.” And the athletes in the defensive backfield are exceptional. “We did lose a lot of seniors this year, but I also think our offense will carry us into the season,” Taylor said. “I have a lot of faith and confidence in them. I feel good about this season.” Lynch also expressed confidence as Bob Jones, which went 11-2 last year and won its Class 6A region for the fifth consecutive year, moves into the newly formed 7A. “I believe in my brothers as much as I believe in myself,” Lynch said. “I believe we’ll be able to play to the level that we’re expected to.”


Where are the best places to watch a high school football game in the Tennessee Valley?

From a 2009 jamboree game between Bob Jones and North Gwinnett (Ga.), most Bob Jones fans never saw this sunset that was behind them. (Bob Gathany/
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Bob Jones DB Jarek Taylor still hoping to land an SEC offer

alJarek Taylor is still hopeful that an SEC scholarship offer is in his future. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback camped at multiple SEC schools this summer, including Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, but has yet to see a scholarship offer materialize. Taylor believes the SEC schools are waiting until after his third game of his senior season to get more game film on him. He, in turn, plans to wait to make a decision. He is currently eyeing a late December or early January date to announce his college commitment. "I'm going to hold off committing for awhile to get the offers I want and to be able to maximize my opportunities," Taylor said. The three-star prospect, according to 247Composite, has plenty of opportunities to play college football -- 10 scholarship offers, in fact. Taylor has long maintained Southern Miss as his top school, and while that hasn't changed, the Golden Eagles do have competition at the top. Memphis has made a hard push for Taylor and the Tigers are now one of his favorites. "They are only taking two corners and I'm one of them that they want to take," he said. "The coach talks to me like a father figure. They really want to see me up there." Vanderbilt and Mississippi State are two schools that could shoot to the top of his list if either offered him a scholarship. By John Talty | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on August 04, 2014 at 11:04 AM

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2014 Football schedules now set

madison county recordMADISON- The long-awaited reclassification of sports teams from across the state was announced this week in Montgomery by the AHSAA. The biggest news was the creation of a new seventh classification for the 32 largest high schools in Alabama. The changes take effect with the 2014-2015 school year and last two years. Both Bob Jones and James Clemens are now in Class 7A, Region 4 for football. Their opponents are all familiar: Buckhorn, Sparkman, Hazel Green, Huntsville, Grissom, and Gadsden City make up the eight team region. Former rivals Austin, Decatur and Florence are now in 6A. "We were not surprised that they created the 7A classification, it had been discussed for some time," said Bob Jones Assistant Principal and Athletic Director John Wilson. "We are pleasantly surprised to have Gadsden City in our region, but not much impact as far as different teams. We will still be playing mostly teams we are familiar with. Our concern was the travel and the amount of travel if they had put some Birmingham teams in our region, so we are happy with the outcome." Using average student enrollments in grades 10-12, James Clemens just got in 7A by six at 1008. Bob Jones is the eighth largest high school at 1,467. Hoover is the largest in the state at 1,978. Sparkman is third at 1,756. The AHSAA touted the new plan as providing more opportunities for championships at smaller schools and less divide among the largest and smallest schools in any classification. Class 7A schools will still play 10 regular season games but now have the option of playing a non-region game instead of a jamboree game on August 21-22 and then taking an open week during the season. Both Bob Jones and James Clemens moved quickly to fill out their football schedules after the announcement was made. Bob Jones will play Muscle Shoals in a jamboree and then host Decatur as the first regular season game. Other non-region opponents are Austin and Florence. Bob Jones and James Clemens will meet the second week of the season just like the last two years. Bob Jones will travel to Gadsden City in the fourth week of the season. James Clemens travels to East Limestone for a jamboree then to Athens to open the season. Home games against Bob Jones and Hazel Green follow then at Buckhorn. The Jets travel to Gadsden City the seventh week of the season. Other non-region opponents are away to Mountain Brook and the last week of the season is to be determined. Both team's schedules are online. Four teams from each of the four regions will make the playoffs and after round 3 the 7A teams will get a week off before playing in the championship game on Wednesday of the following week. The Super 7 Championships will begin on Wednesday at 3 PM and on Thursday the schedule will revert back to prior years for Class 3A, 1A, and 5A on Thursday and Class 4A, 2A, and 6A on Friday. One change is in basketball where Bob Jones and James Clemens will be in the same area with Hazel Green and Sparkman. This new area alignment will be for baseball, softball, soccer, and volleyball. Currently, the two Madison high schools are in different areas. By Lindsay Vaught

Bob Jones and James Clemens coaches excited about 7A class

madison weekly newsThe Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control has unanimously approved a new seven-classification system for championship play beginning with the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. The seven-class system is being adopted for all sports. The new seven-classification football alignment places the 32 largest high schools, including Bob Jones, James Clemens and Sparkman in the new Class 7A. The remaining six classes were divided as equally as possible with 60 schools in 6A, 61 in 5A, 60 in 4A, 60 in 3A, 58 in 2A and 58 making up Class 1A. A total of 23 schools currently do not participate in football championship play and will placed in the re-classification system based on their reported enrollment numbers. Bob Jones, James Clemens and Sparkman will move to the Class 7A classification. Madison Academy will remain in Class 3A. John Wilson, athletic director at Bob Jones, said the school's programs are excited about the new classification arrangement, especially having Gadsden City on board. 'We're also happy to have James Clemens in our Region along with Grissom and it's exciting for us to make the elite schools classification." The 2014 football schedule will be forthcoming, but having a school like Gadsden City in the Region lineup is a thrill for Bob Jones as that program is regarded as one of the best in the state. "Plus, we'll keep some of other usual rivalries like Decatur High on our schedule," added Wilson. "We'll have three Region home games this season and four away games on our lineup." Football programs will be divided into four regions for the new Class 7A division. In Region 4, the schools include Bob Jones, James Clemens, Sparkman, Buckhorn, Gadsden City, Grissom, Hazel Green, and Huntsville. Kevin Rose, head coach at Bob Jones, said, "In this kind of format of the top 32 teams you'll get beat by 50-points if you don't aggressively address the football situation, much like in the classroom, with quality teachers and quality coaches." The Central Board also voted to allow football teams 11 weeks to schedule 10 games. The format will give schools more flexibility to schedule non-region games. "We are excited about the opportunity to be in Class 7A and play against the schools in Madison County and Huntsville City," said Wade Waldrop, head football coach at James Clemens. "We'll be setting our schedules for the next two seasons soon." Most of the remaining sports programs for the three Class 7A schools will put into an Area 8, similar to what the programs are currently in. Wrestling will be broken into North and South Divisions. The schools across the state are classified by student population. Hoover remains the largest school in Alabama with 1,978 total students. Sparkman is third (1,756), Bob Jones eighth (1,467) and James Clemens the smallest of the Class 7A schools with 1,008 students, which is just six students above the next 6A classification, Madison Academy is the largest Class 3A school with 284 students. The private school is just one student from moving into Class 4A. According to Steve Savarese, Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director, the seven-class system allows more schools to make the state playoffs and allow more student-athletes to participate in championship events and experience first-hand what it means to play in some of the best venues in the state. "We are excited to be competing in the highest classification in the state of Alabama and will strive to be a 7A State Football Champion," added Rose. By Bob Labbe

Area high school football players to sign for scholarships next week

madison weekly newsFor some college football fans the biggest day in the sport is not the national championship game played each year in January. The day that most hard-core fans call the most important and most exciting is National Signing Day. Held on the first Wednesday in February, this year on Feb. 5th, National Signing Day is where teams "start" its true competition by signing what each team looks to as the future of their programs. High school seniors are allowed to begin signing college scholarships on that special day and with pen in hand change the course of their own lives, as well as, the schools they sign with, and not to mention the cheering fans of those schools. National Signing Day is a competition within itself. For those lucky enough to gain attention from schools and who are among the elite few to have their doors knocked down to get their services, the recruiting process and eventual signing can be fun. Nick Holman of Bob Jones took it upon himself to verbally commit early to the school of his choice, which in turn eliminated most of the recruiting war he could have gone through. He chose the University of Central Florida and will sit down in front of a large audience on Feb. 5th and sign an athletic scholarship. "I visited several colleges and didn't plan on committing early, but once I got an offer from UCF and visited the school, my choice was clear," said Holman who played linebacker for the Patriots. "I thought about it for about 10 days and made my decision. It was like having a girlfriend. Once you find the right one, there's no need to look anymore." ... Christian Hess of Bob Jones has had some recent attention and offers from college coaches for his play as a defensive back. Hess is also a gem of a possible recruit due to his outstanding academics. He carries a 4.23 GPA. He feels his hottest school right now in his recruiting is Georgetown University, located in Washington D.C. and is regarded as one of the world's top academic universities. "I e-mailed the coach my video highlights and the next day I received a phone call while I was sitting in a classroom at Bob Jones," said Hess. "The football program is interested. I'm just waiting now for an offer." Hess is also entertaining other interests from schools. He has taken it upon himself to be forthright about his scouting for a school to offer an athletic scholarship. He personally contacts coaches and provides his highlight video and statistics. "I try and get straight to the source," said Hess. For Holman, the recruiting rat race has been in his words, "Crazy. My advice for any future high school athlete who may go through the recruiting frenzy, I would tell them to make the final decision for yourselves and no one else. I've visited colleges from Minnesota to Florida and have others such as MTSU and Wake Forest to continue to recruit me. I have always been straight up with them." By Bob Labbe


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AHSAA 6A Football Playoffs


1st Round
Bob Jones vs Hewitt-Trussville

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2nd Round
Bob Jones vs Oxford

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3rd Round
Bob Jones vs Vestavia Hills

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Area football players make 2013 All-State Football Team

madison weekly newsThe four high school football teams comprising the local coverage are represented on the 2013 All-State Football Team, so named by the Alabama Sports Writer's Association. In Class 6A, Brandon Davis of Bob Jones was tabbed as one of the linebackers while teammates, Ryan Crooks, RB, Dylan Haraway, DB, and Julien Lewis, DL, were honorable mention selections. James Clemens sophomore quarter back Heath Burchfield and Sparkman senior punter Miller Matzek were also honorable mention selections. In Class 3A, the two-time defending state champion Madison Academy Mustangs are well represented with four team selections. Junior running back Malik Miller, sophmore Kerryon Johnson, and seniors Frank Williams, OL, Taylor Ziak, LB, all made the elite list. Strangely omitted from selections in this year's list were Nick Holman, linebacker at Bob Jones and running back Lorenzo James of Sparkman. Eric Cohu, head coach of the Mustangs was not named Coach of the Year, despite winning the 3A title for the second straight year. Jonathan Miller of Saks was given that honor. By Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly News, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2014 BJHS Football Signup and Registration

Use the attachments for 2014 BJHS Football Registration. Players can pick up the AHSAA required documents from Coach Rose.

Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic

Congratulations to Dylan and Nick for being chosen to play in the annual contest. The 2013 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic is set for December 14th at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Alabama has won the last five meetings. Click here for full rosters.

Bob Jones set to face the Roc Racean Thomas

madison county recordMADISON- He is the top running back in the state of Alabama. He is being compared to Carnell Williams, Bobby Humphrey, and even Bo Jackson. Five-star recruit and Auburn commitment Racean (Roc) Thomas and his Oxford Yellow Jacket teammates will face Bob Jones in the second round of the AHSAA football playoffs Friday night at Madison City Schools Stadium. The numbers the senior have put up this year are staggering. Thomas has rushed for 2,114 yards on 194 carries, over 10 yards per carry on average. He has scored 31 touchdowns. He went off against SpainPark in the final regular season game rushing for 414 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries yet Oxford barely won the game 56-49. If that is not enough for a defense to worry about, the Oxford offense frequently splits him out wide and passes to him on the bubble screen. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Thomas has blazing speed and an ability to break tackles. That is the assessment of Bob Jones linebacker Clay Styles who has seen plenty of film of Thomas this week. “I’m not going to take anything away from him, he is a great player,” Styles said. On film, his “speed and the way he breaks tackles” are what sets Thomas apart from other running backs the Patriots have faced Styles said. “We’re ready for him. It’s not something we are scared of. Nothing we can’t stop. We have a better defense than last year. He may be the best player in 6A but I think we have three of the best defensive players in 6A.” Bob Jones struggled in week five against another great back, Huntsville’s Deonta Moore who ran for 292 yards in a non-region game. But defensive adjustments the next week completely shut down Decatur. Two weeks later Bob Jones held Buckhorn’s Khari Blasingham to less than 100 yards in a 34-17 win. Styles, a junior, will have plenty of help trying to control the Oxford offense. Bob Jones starts nine seniors on defense including linebacker Nick Holman, a U of South Florida commit. Defensive end Julien Lewis has yet to commit but is holding five offers from college football teams; Western Kentucky, Furman, Austin Peay, Air Force, and Bethune Cookman. Lewis uses the extra playoff games to showcase his ability. “Coaches come to see how good you are. They want to see how you do against competition that is as good as you are or better,” Lewis said. Veteran safety Dylan Haraway was selected to the 2013 Alabama High School All-Star Football team slated to take on Mississippi on Dec. 14. Roc Thomas will also be on that team. “I’m looking forward to it, obviously it will be a big challenge for us,” Haraway said of facing Thomas. “We had a good game against Hewitt-Trussville so hopefully keep it up and shut out Oxford.” A shutout isn’t likely. Oxford enters the game on a nine game winning streak. They have scored over 50 points three times this season. Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose expects a high scoring affair. “I’ve told our players don’t get discouraged if Roc goes for 50 or 60 yards for a touchdown. Play the next play with the same energy and passion. Know it may be a high scoring game. We’ve played and won high scoring games this season.” Bob Jones will be without receiver Jonathan Rice due to a shoulder injury and corner Jarek Taylor is out after suffering a concussion last week. By Lindsay Vaught

Former Bob Jones Patriot linebacker killed in wreck; remembered as hard-working, well-liked player

madison weekly newsA tragic wreck Friday morning took the life of two young men, one of them a former Bob Jones Patriot. Huntsville Police reported the fatal two car accident off Zierdt Road, at the intersection of Martin Road and Jamar Circle around 4:45 a.m. That is near Chadwick Apartments. Two people were in a black vehicle, one person was driving a white vehicle. It appeared like one vehicle may have swerved to miss something in the road and hit the other vehicle head-on. Reports state that alcohol may have played a factor. Toxicology results are pending. Police identified the victims as Dezmond Dennis, 20, and Andres Gentry, 22. Dennis was pronounced dead at the scene. Gentry was transported to Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries and died during surgery around 8:30 a.m. Friday. Dennis graduated from Bob Jones in 2012 and was involved in football and track. Dennis played for the Patriots 9th-12th grade, and was All-Area selection at linebacker. He signed to play football with the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in 2012. Kevin Rose, head coach of Bob Jones, said of his former player, "Dez was true Bob Jones football through and through. He was well liked by his teammates and all of the coaching staff. He was sort of an over achiever, as he played above his talent level, but worked hard at playing well on the football field. He signed an athletic scholarship with the University of Charleston, a NCAA Division II school, in 2012." By Bob Labbe

Sadler to be honored tonight at Bob Jones Homecoming

madison county recordMADISON- Frank Sadler never got to walk the sideline at the new football stadium he envisioned for Madison. Tonight, he will get that chance as he will be inducted into the Bob Jones Hall of Fame at halftime of the school's homecoming game against Sparkman. Sadler, 77, was head coach from 1994-2000. The landscape of high school football then was much different than today. Butler and Decatur ruled 6A football. Huntsville and Grissom also dominated. Madison County schools including Bob Jones lagged behind in both facilities and player development. As early as 1998 Sadler pushed the city for a new stadium. "If you want to compete in 6A football you need to build a new stadium," Sadler said he told the Madison City Council. "One day I want to see a new stadium out by the expressway so when people pass by they will know there is football in Madison." Sadler's vision proved prophetic. Madison City Schools Stadium opened in 2003. Sadler also pushed for a middle school football program which the city did not have when he got here. "I treasure the time I spent here," the now retired coach said at a reception honoring inductees Thursday night. "I worked with some good people here. I want to thank you for bringing me back." Two current administrators were on Sadler's staff. Principal Robby Parker coached defensive backs and assistant principal/athletic director John Wilson was defensive coordinator. "They were very good coaches but they found out they could make more money in administration than coaching," Sadler said with a laugh. "It's outstanding that we honor Coach Sadler now," Wilson said. "It's well-deserved and long overdue. Coach Sadler picked Bob Jones up at a difficult time. The program was not established and he made us competitive. He spearheaded the effort to establish football in middle schools. We were at a disadvantage competing against schools like Decatur that had middle school football feeding players to the high schools. He pushed for a new stadium that was ultimately built." Sadler's teams played at Discovery Middle School's football field. They made the playoffs four times in his eight seasons. Sadler's first team won the Class 5A, Region 14 Championship, defeating Sparkman 61-12 that year. He said that Principal Billy Broadway came out of the stands to tell him not to run up the score. In 1996 Bob Jones jumped to 6A and got the program's first win over Decatur. Decatur then proceeded to win the next 10 games against Bob Jones teams until 2009. In 1997 Bob Jones went 8-3, their best record under Sadler. In 2000 Sadler stepped down as football coach but stayed on briefly as assistant principal. Then he and his wife retired to their hometown of Troy, Alabama. "I thought it would be best to bring in a new coach to start his program in the new fieldhouse and weightroom," Sadler said. Sadler never coached again after leaving Bob Jones. Current Bob Jones Coach Kevin Rose remembers interviewing for the job in 2001 that ultimately went to Mike Bates. "I was head coach at Sheffield and came in to interview and Frank showed me around. He is a class man. I think a lot of him." Sadler also had stops as offensive coordinator at UT-Chattanooga (1976-81) and (1990-92) and at South Carolina. Sadler's two sons accompanied him on the trip to Madison. Sadler lost his wife to lung cancer in June of this year. They were married 53 years. His son Shawn is a retired USMC Col. and lives in Chattanooga. His other son Frank, Jr. has lived with his parents since a car accident many years ago left him disabled. The Bob Jones HOF is located in the lobby of the Zompa Auditorium. Also inducted this year will be Will Atkinson, (class of 1991) current head softball coach at University of West Alabama, Chris Kline, (class of 2005) special needs honoree and assistant football coach and Bobby Hagood (class of 1981), a CPA and Finance Director Athens City Schools. By Lindsay Vaught

What A Wild, Wild Friday Night!

madison weekly newsSimply put, it was the wildest Friday night to date for high school football. With the four locals teams facing different scenarios in its games and incredible plays and finishes, Sept. 27 will go down in high school football lore as one to remember. The Class 6A No. 6 ranked Bob Jones Patriots were outscored 22-20 in the final quarter but came away with a 43-42 victory in overtime versus Huntsville . Junior quarterback Jeremy Frye hit receiver Jonathan Rice with a 60-yard TD strike and a two-point conversation with 2-minutes remaining to send the game into overtime. In the extra period both teams scored touchdowns, but Huntsville missed its extra point for the Patriots victory and to remain undefeated. "I needed all of my 21-years of experience in this one," said Kevin Rose head coach of the Patriots. "The twist and turns of that fourth quarter I don't think I've experience before. Nothing matches this game in my memory. If ever there was a frenzy of a game, this was it."

Sparkman won its first game of the season behind a one-man performance in beating Grissom 48-nothing. Lorenzo James scored four touchdowns for the Senators and first-time starting quarterback James Pruitt hit 16 of 19 passes to lead the team to a "V" for the first time. The Sparkman defense put up its first shutout in recent memory.

James Clemens ran amuck through East Limestone with almost 500-yards of offense, but the visiting Indians countered with Dhalquille Eichelberger's five running touchdowns in an energetic 59-42 win over the Jets at Madison City Schools Stadium. An array of special teams play made for the game to be topsy-turvy throughout. Heath Burchfield had four TD passes and nearly 300-yards in passing for James Clemens.

In what was to be the barn-burner game of the week, ended up being a "run" in the park for the Madison Academy Mustangs as it defeated Class 5A power Cullman 28-10. The Mustangs threw just one pass in the second half and dominated the control of the game with 32 running plays in the second stanza. Kerryon Johnson had two scoring runs in the second half after the Mustangs led 14-10 at halftime. The Mustangs' defense held the visiting Black Bears to less than 100-yards of offense. For Madison Academy , it played most of the game without starting quarterback Blake Coward, who suffered an injury in the first half. The No. 1 ranked Class 3A Mustangs remained undefeated at 5-0. By Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bob Jones vs Florence


MADISON, Alabama -- Like Cam Newton, Florence's Kendrick Doss is a big (6-2, 225) quarterback. Like Newton, he can throw (1,743yards and 16 TDs last year) and run (1,202 and 11). And like Newton, Doss has SEC talent (he's committed to Ole Miss). The biggest difference between the two? Only one plays against Bob Jones on Friday night.

Doss and the Class 6A, No. 7-ranked Falcons host the Patriots in a pivotal Region 8 showdown at Braly Municipal Stadium. Bob Jones is the four-time defending region champ, and the winner of this game will have the inside track to the league title.

The Patriots will have to limit Doss in order to win. Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose took the time to explain one of Florence's most dangerous plays: Doss running the read option.  By Daniel Boyette | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , on September 10, 2013 5:06 p.m.

2013 Football Preview: ‘FRENZY’ – This one word describes the play of the Patriots in 2013

madison weekly news"We want to force opponents to surrender," said Kevin Rose, who enters his sixth season as head coach of the Patriots and four-time defending Region 8 Champions. "We won't be hard to find." The Patriots are considered to be one of the top five teams in the North section of the state and with nine starters on defense and four starters on offense returning, this certainly could be the year the Patriots take that next step towards playing for a state championship. As any good coach will admit, Rose is looking more at the areas he needs improvement than the areas that are already showing a stronghold on play. "Our biggest question mark is whether we can be piece together a five-man offensive line that gives us a chance to win against the best people we play." The offensive line looks to include Austin Harris (6-2, 220), Caige Stapler (6-0, 185), Blake Polson (6-0, 190), J.D. Sims (6-2, 235) and freshman Tucker Walters (6-2, 250). Rose feels several other players are busting at the chance to get playing time. Behind those linemen is a bevy of talent loaded players with the sky the limit on what they can do. At quarterback, senior Tyler Whalen will be the official starter, but junior Jeremy Frye is pushing Whalen for playing time. Rose admitted Whalen will start, but Frye will play every game and brings lots of young talent to the huddle. Each game will bring an evaluation to the forefront on which of the quarterbacks garners playing time. In actuality, it's a situation most coaches would die for. "Like all of the other positions on our team, the quarterback position will do well," said Whalen, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior signal caller. "We're adding new looks and systems on offense and will be spreading the ball throughout our offense." In the backfield and on the skills positions, Rose feels they Patriots can be really good and put up some impressive numbers, both in the statistics and on the scoreboard. Senior running back Jay Rogers is coming off a 1,000-yard junior season and leads the offense that could be outstanding. Rogers will have Ryan Crooks as his backfield mate, who said, "This team has shown lots of team efforts. Matter of fact, most of us has played together since we were playing Pop Warner youth football." At the wide receivers position, the Patriots shall shine brightly. Three players, who are a threat to score and score often when they get the ball in their hands, include junior John Rice and seniors Roderick Randolph and Brandon Richardson. Randolph, brother of former Bob Jones basketball standout Levi Randolph, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound ball catcher will also play tight end. He has received attention from numerous colleges and has already received an offer from Army for his football future. Rice is a quality talent that has Rose's attention. "Yeah, I'm a big John Rice fan and he does a lot of things when the ball is in the air and I feel he's going to have a big year for us." If you want to really see what is going to make the Patriots jell, just one gander at the defense should solidify any thoughts on how well the 2013 season should play out. "It's difficult for our offense to practice as we can't move the ball on them," laughed Rose of his squad that will line up defensively. "Whatever you're going to do against this squad you better do it in a hurry as they are fast." Julien Lewis, a defensive lineman, has five college offers sitting on the table prior to his senior year. Those offers include Air Force and Western Kentucky. Lined up along side Lewis will be Brandon Davis and Kenneth Turney. Both are thought to bring a total package of talent to the squad. The linebacker corps is full of quick, smart and physical players. Leading the way are seniors Nick Holman, who carries the nickname of "Holmanator", David Norris, Dylan Haraway and Tyler Brutofsky. They know the game. They know what they need to do to stop any threat from their opponents. At defensive back, Trent Lynch is what Rose considers the best safety since Rose arrived at Bob Jones. Jarek Taylor is being looked at as a possible Div. I player in college. Kyron Landry and Christian Hess add a great amount of savvy to the already good group of hitters on defense. "We're ready for the challenge," said Hess. "Our unit has stressed an undefeated campaign all through spring and summer workouts. We're confident we can stop the run against any of the teams in our region." Kicking game is solid with Mike Bernier returning as punter, Matt Trulock will handle place kicking duties with Dylan Haraway taking care of the long snapper position. Coverage players are expected to be fast and should coverage kicking plays. Region 8 is expected to be a battle between the Patriots and Florence High. The post-season playoffs always seem to go through Hoover High, which has made the state 6A finals the last five years. Rose knows his squad will have to perform every week to keep its momentum going through the season into the playoffs. "I can't wait to get out there as we should be ready," added Hess. "We're not taking any of our opponents lightly, but the game against Florence (Sept. 13) looms to be a big one," said Whalen. "That's a big rival for us and most people feel that game may decide the Region 8 title. I'm looking forward to the season and play each game one game at a time." In the meantime, Rose said to get ready for a Patriots team in 2013 that will play in a, "Wild, exhilarating pace that will put points on the board every quarter. Force opponents into a surrender. That's our goal right out of the gate."

Regular Season Prediction: 9-1

By Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly News, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bob Jones, James Clemens look for strong starts

madison county record MADISON- The wait is over for football fans in Madison as Bob Jones and James Clemens kick off the season Friday night.  Bob Jones opens at home against Northridge of Tuscaloosa, a team that beat the Patriots 40-30 to open last season. “They are extremely excited to get the season underway,” Bob Jones head coach Kevin Rose said of his team. “We’ve been waiting nine months for this. This is why the players do all the training, lift weights and run sprints. Everybody is 0-0 and has a chance for the state championship.” Rose’s team is coming off a 23-21 win over Enterprise last week in a jamboree game. “They are where I want them to be for a week 1 game,” he said. “We want to get better every week. We are as game ready as we can be and ready to play.” The two teams are much different than the ones that squared off in Tuscaloosa last season. That Northridge team featured Bo Scarbrough, an Alabama running back commitment who is no longer with the team. Scarbrough torched a young Bob Jones defense for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns that night. “Obviously we had trouble defending Bo last year but it wasn’t just Bo, we were very young defensively last year and we’ve come a long way. I’m confident our defense will play extremely well,” Rose said. Bob Jones is returning eight players who started on defense last season. Rose said that he does not expect any dropoff in the talent level Northridge will bring to Madison. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Madison City Schools Stadium... Bob Jones and James Clemens will play each other next week on September 6. By Lindsay Vaught

Madison teams to try out new technologies during football games

madison weekly newsToday's technology has certainly taken over just about every aspect of our lives and society in general. Now, officially technology has made its way to the sidelines of high school football. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee has agreed upon the use of communication devices. In specific situations, coaches, players and non-players will be allowed to use any form of communication technology. This means schools will be allowed to use video on the sidelines during the game and in the locker rooms during halftime. The change in the rules will mean almost immediately adjustments based on how the coaches and players see on the videos. "We're going to investigate on how we might use this technology during the season and then play with the ideas we have," said Bob Jones head coach Kevin Rose. "Do we have the manpower and resources to use it effectively or is it a distraction?" For most coaches exactly how to use the rule to their advantage is what is happening right now. Will the teams use photos that are taken and could be uploaded to an I-pad or have video sent to an I-pad to be viewed quickly by coaches and players? Bob Jones has used I-pads away from the field for two years, so having to purchase new equipment is not an issue for Rose and his program. He added, "I use an I-pad at home to view our game films."... (More)

Bob Jones starters outscore Enterprise 16-7 in Champions Challenge

alMONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Tyler Whalen's shoulder looked pretty good. So did his feet. The Bob Jones quarterback, coming off a season-ending shoulder injury in 2012, threw for 79 yards on 9-of-15 passing, and scored on a 63-yard run as the Patriots outscored Enterprise 16-7 in two-plus quarters of varsity play tonight at Cramton Bowl. "Before the play was snapped, they shifted their defensive line in," Whalen said of Enterprise's defense on his big run. "I pretty much knew right away that I was going to pull it. Jay Rice had a nice block on the outside, and I just took off.  Whalen's performance highlighted a big night for the Bob Jones offense, which outgained the Wildcats 288-110 in the first half. Whalen's only blemish came when Jared Seay stepped in front of a pass near midfield, but the Patriots' defense held and forced a punt.  "It felt awesome," Whalen said of getting back on the field after his injury in game two of last season. "I can't even describe how bad I wanted this game, just being able to get back here and play with my team."  Jay Rogers ran for 90 yards on nine carries for Bob Jones, which finished with 471 yards of offense, 360 of which came on the ground.  Bob Jones scored on the game's opening possession as Ryan Crooks took a carry around the right side for a 6-yard run on third-and-3 to cap an 11-play, 84-yard march. Whalen was 4-for-4 for 47 yard on the drive.  Whale's touchdown run came at the 2:10 mark of the first quarter. The Patriots went for two, but Rogers was stopped on a Statue of Liberty play.  Enterprise got on the board when Ryan Allgood hit Ramal Jagoe across the middle for a 35-yard touchdown with 7:34 remaining before halftime. Allgood finished 12-of-23 for 140 yards and was sacked once.  Bob Jones kicker Matt Trulock missed a 33-yard field goal as the first half expired, but a penalty gave him another chance and he responded by drilling a 28-yarder.  Reserves took over early in the third quarter. Bob Jones went ahead 23-7 on a 52-yard run by Carlos Dunlap, who finished with a game-high 96 yards on eight carries.  Enterprise made it interesting as Ben Griffen hit Austin Band for a 6-yard score with 2:05 remaining. The Wildcats then recovered an onside kick, and Isiah Kearse scored on a 17-yard catch-and-run from Matt Marler to make it 23-20. But Bob Jones recovered the next onside try and ran out the clock.  Bob Jones opens the regular season at home Friday against Northridge. Enterprise goes to Smiths Station. Daniel Boyette | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , August 24, 2013 11:35 p.m.

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Defense dominates Bob Jones scrimmage

madison county recordMADISON- It was only a scrimmage but several hundred fans showed up to give a game night atmosphere Friday night as Bob Jones held their only scrimmage of the preseason. The starting defense pitched a shutout in their limited time on the field which consisted of four 5-minute periods interspersed with reserve and freshmen squads. The big hit of the night came courtesy of linebacker Nick Holman with a hit on Ryan Crooks. "It was fun playing in front of these people," Holman said afterward. "We didn't get to play as much as I wanted but it was a good practice under the lights. We didn't talk about a shutout but every time we play the point is not let the opponent score."With nine starters back and several already holding scholarship offers, the defense is a dominating force. "They have been doing that all fall and that is our expectation for them," said head coach Kevin Rose. "This could be the best defense we've fielded at Bob Jones," Several younger players impressed in their time on the field. Sophomore quarterback Collins Hess hit Christian Thomas for the first touchdown of the evening. Another sophomore, Jonathon Moss showed why the coaches are high on him with a speed burst and a spin on a touchdown run. Another sophomore, Miles Strickland is pushing for playing time with the varsity. He showed a burst of speed at running back and kick off returner that Bob Jones needs after losing all-purpose back Kevin Wright to graduation. "Miles could be a huge surprise for us, he is a very talented player," Rose said. "We've got a long way to go but putting them under that kind of pressure hopefully we will improve." In addition to getting situational work for the players, Rose said the event got the whole Bob Jones community involved by including teams from Discovery Middle School who scrimmaged on one of the field. "It shows good unity having 180 kids from Madison City Schools playing football, all striving for the same goals; developing kids and playing winning football. It was a good environment with the parents and fans." Starting quarterback Tyler Whalen had a touchdown run and pass against the #2 defense in a red zone series. In goal line situations he scored on a keeper and a touchdown pass to Ryan Crooks. The offensive line, while still not set appears to be coming together. J.D. Sims and Blake Polson worked at right tackle and guard respectively while Austin Harris and Shamario Ross worked the left side of center Cage Stapler. "We have not settled on the starting five in the offensive line," Rose said. "After we play Enterprise we will look at the film and decide who will start against Northridge." Bob Jones will play Enterprise in the AHSAA Champions Challenge at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery on Saturday, August 24 and open the season at home against Northridge on Friday August 30. The scrimmage lasted about an hour and half. "We tried to put them is as many game-type situations as they will see in a game," Rose said. Kicker Matt Trulock missed the scrimmage with a soccer tournament. Left footer Austin Neal filled in at kicker. By Lindsay Vaught

Bob Jones football looks Rose(y)

madison weekly newsAccording to Kevin Rose, head football coach at Bob Jones high, the only thing missing at the large Class 6A school is a state football championship. Setting his goal to bring a state football title to Madison, the determined coach yearns to make the Patriots' program a "Rose of a different color." Entering his sixth season as the Patriots' leader, Rose is determined to change that moniker and bring the program to the top. After all, that's his passion: To win. To be competitive. "If we keep score, I'm going to try and win. It ain't personal. If you're coming to my house, I'm going to try and beat you," said Rose during a sit-down conversation in his office that over looks the artificial turf field and running track from the schools' weight room and football facility. "I've always been known as a fierce competitor."

Followed By Success

Rose grew up in the Quad-Cities area of northwest Alabama where he once dreamed of becoming a player in Major League Baseball. His father was a longtime youth coach while working for years at Reynolds Metal Company in Muscle Shoals. Rose was raised around sports. "My first word as a child was probably ball," laughed Rose.  By the time he entered the eighth grade he began to pursue football instead of baseball and soon became starting quarterback and free safety at Muscle Shoals High, as well as, continue his play on the school's baseball team. A knee injury during his senior year of football knocked him out of possible college football after being recruited by several schools. Instead, Rose eventually earned an athletic scholarship and played for two junior college baseball teams before transferring to the University of North Alabama where he completed his degree in education and later earning a Master's Degree in history.  Rose began his trek in coaching 20 years ago at Handley High School in Roanoke, Ala. He then moved to Deshler High in 1994 where, as offensive coordinator, the Class 4A school won the state championship while setting state records on offense. Beginning in the new century, Rose made his way to Sheffield High where he was tabbed head football coach and athletic director. In 2007, he moved to Hoover High as an assistant coach before taking a position on the staff at Bob Jones in 2008. One year later, he was named head coach for the Patriots.  His success at Bob Jones has been unmatched. The team has averaged over 9 victories per season posting a winning percentage of 77-percent and earning four consecutive Region 8 Championships and trips to the state playoffs.  The 43-year old basks in the notion the program is getting better each season, but knows there is so much more he can do to make it to the level of being a state champion.  Rose said, "If you're not playing for first place you shouldn't be playing. Most coaches will coach 30 years and never achieve that, so I think that doesn't need to be the only thing you look at as determining a good coach. I'm proud of we've accomplished here. We've doubled the wins from what it was before. I think we will be contenders for a state championship within the next four years."

Figured It Out

Rose admits the program and school have made strides in being the best. The one-half million dollar artificial turf practice field separates Bob Jones from the rest in North Alabama. Other facilities at the school have been upgraded, but still, overall, the school lacks in areas that match programs like the one at Hoover High, which is known across the state as the elite program.  "We don't have 12 professional coaches like they do at Hoover," said Rose. "It's the level of investment of the football program. You get what you pay for. There are those people who compete for academic success and they act as those there is a difference in academics and athletics, but if you're a competitor in athletics you can be a competitor in the classroom, too. I think the two things are the same."  Rose feels at Hoover, they figured that out. They made a commitment to athletics where they would hire the best coaches along with the best teachers and try to be great at both. "Play those two things together instead of against one another," said Rose. "Athletics and academics should go hand in hand. We should have the desire to be the best in both."

Knowing The Game

Growing up in Muscle Shoals, made famous for its making some of the best music the world has ever seen during the 1960s and 1970s with the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Rose wanted to be a journalist for Sports Illustrated or become a coach. His thoughts of being in the news media is the main reason he is so open to today's local media coverage and the willingness to work well with those who cover Bob Jones athletics.  His love for football began as far back as being 10-years old when, during sandlot games, he was a student of the game by calling audibles and checking off at the line. "I knew the game as far back as that," admitted Rose.  His dedication to being the best he could be was no more evident as when he made his way to middle school and high school and he would forego going out on Friday and Saturday nights with friends, instead opting to stay home and continue working out and maximize every ounce of ability he had to be a good player. He was competitive and dedicated.

Life Balances

While attending North Alabama, he met a gorgeous and intelligent woman who was a cheerleader for the Lion's athletic program. She, too, was a former high school athlete in basketball, softball and track while attending Addison High. Three years out of college Rose married that cheerleader. Today, through 18 years of marriage and two children, Rose and his wife, Heather, remain close to athletics as a family.  "He's good about balancing coaching and family as he makes it a point to be home every night as he's very organized," said Heather Rose. "He's a really good cook as he takes care of about half the meals at our home."  Rose has been a recreational youth coach for both his daughter, Kaylee, and son, Caden. He has a good family connection. But he has one more quality that only Heather knows. "Oh yes, he's a gentleman. He still opens doors for me," said Heather, with a proud smile.  Kaylee, 16, plays softball and cheers at Bob Jones as a rising junior. Caden, 11, is entering sixth grade at Mill Creek Elementary and, like his father, is an athlete.  Away from the sidelines and wearing coaching shorts and shirts, Rose reads books, plays golf and loves taking six-mile walks. He loves to travel and hopes one day to do even more traveling with his family. He claims to have a photographic memory and is a leader of people, no matter what the field is.


He knows Madison is now split between two high schools since James Clemens High came onto the scene one year ago. He looks into the future and sees a big-time rivalry between the Patriots and Jets.  "Madison is doing great as there is lots of excitement on Friday nights," said Rose. "Big crowds and putting players into college is what it's all about. Now, we're a regular stop for college football coaches."  Once nicknamed as "Pete", after the legendary baseball player Pete Rose, for sliding into bases head first, Rose still has that desire to meet head-on everything in athletics.  "I'm not interested in how fast you are or how high you can jump. I'm interested in the players that will get after you. If you do that, you will be successful in life," said Rose.  He added he won't get overly excited when the Patriots when a state championship. But watching and listening to his competitive level of coaching, he will be bursting inside with brouhaha, much like he did when he won those backyard football games within listening distance of the "Muscle Shoals Sound".

By Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly News,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jonathan Rice makes Vandy 7 on 7 All-Star Team

Jonathan Rice, wide receiver (Jr), was named to the 7 on 7 All-Star Team at Vanderbilt's 2013 Music City Classic. The event, held July 12 and 13 on the Vanderbilt campus, featured 32 teams from the South and Midwest, including two teams from Bob Jones. Rice made several big catches, including two for touchdowns during Team A's final game of the weekend. Vandy Head Coach James Franklin presented Rice with the award during a ceremony at the Commodores stadium. Team A won 8 of 10 games eventually losing to Murray (KY) High School in the elimination round. The younger Team B won 4 games while gaining valuable experience against many veteran teams.

Nick Holman jumps up recruiting board

madison county recordMADISON- For high school football players looking to play at the next level the recruiting landscape can change quickly with new coaches coming and going. This has been the case for Bob Jones senior linebacker Nick Holman. Oklahoma was recruiting Holman and was his favorite but that changed when defensive coordinator Mike Stoops left to take over at Kentucky. With his recruiting wide open, interest has grown from colleges in the SEC to the Big Ten. Holman jumped up the boards and is now ranked the 61st best prospect in the state by 24/ The site ranks Holman as the fifth best inside linebacker in the state and 50th best in the country. So far this summer Holman has been to camps at MississippiState, South Alabama, Louisiana Lafayette, Tulane, and UAB. A new development for Holman is an invitation to the Alabama camp this month. "They called me during the evaluation period and said they wanted me to come work out for them," Holman said of Alabama. "I was surprised when they called. They already have two linebacker commits. If I can go there and run a 4.6 at 230 pounds I can impress them." Holman has also been invited to attend a camp at the University of Minnesota on July 20. His solid performance in the North Alabama Elite 7 on 7 helped Bob Jones bring home first place. Coach Kevin Rose said he considered naming Holman MVP of the tournament. The team plays in the Music City Classic 7-on–7 Tournament on July 12 and 13. "He's definitely a Division 1 football player," Rose said of Holman. "He already has an offer from UAB. He's exactly what you are looking for in a 'Mike' linebacker. A 6-foot-2, 228 pound linebacker that runs good and I expect him to have a great senior year." Academically Holman has already qualified and has a near-perfect GPA at 3.93. As a sophomore at Madison Academy, Holman started on the offensive line and defensive line. But he always wanted to stand up and play linebacker. He transferred to Bob Jones last season and started right away at outside linebacker. Holman has played only defense and according to Rose it is a huge advantage for both player and team. "He's not a college offensive lineman or defensive lineman. He came over here so he could stand up and play linebacker. That is what he wanted to do. "That's the difference in 6A and 3A. You don't always have better players but you got more good players." Holman proved himself last year with a knack for big plays. Against Decatur he had a sack and forced a fumble to help preserve a 24-10 victory. In a playoff game against Gadsden City, Bob Jones was clinging to a five point lead. Holman's quarterback sack in the closing seconds kept the Titans out of the end zone and Bob Jones advanced. On the season, Holman had 77 tackles, 12 for loss, and seven sacks. By Lindsay Vaught

Hess named MVP of 7-on-7 football tournament at Bob Jones

madison weekly newsThe artificial turf football facility at Bob Jones had just emptied of players, coaches and others, and Kevin Rose walked alone with his head lowered as if he had just been defeated. He was heard to say, "I'm going home, take a shower and just collapse. I'm exhausted." Rose had just completed hosting the two-day North Alabama Elite 7-On-7 Tournament and a hot final day come back by the Patriots including four straight games to win the tourney championship. To revenge last year's loss in its own 7-On-7 Football Tournament against Madison Academy, the Bob Jones Patriots came out of the losers bracket and defeated the No. 1 seeded Mustangs twice in the finals to win the 2013 7-On-7 title with scores of 25-7 and 22-15. Defensive back Christian Hess of Bob Jones was named Most Valuable Player. "I'm very thankful and never thought this would happen" said Hess, 5-foot-10, 170-pound starting senior. "We did just what we do all the time of playing hard and never give up. Our summer program gradually led me to have the idea hard work will make a difference." Rose stated nothing better would be for both Class 3A Madison Academy and 6A Bob Jones win state titles this fall. In the meantime, the winning Patriots will prepare for playing in the Music City Classic 7-On-7 tournament at Vanderbilt University in Nashville next month. "The tournament is a great precursor of what we'll see this fall and it all starts here," said Tyler Whalen, starting quarterback for the Patriots, who threw for three touchdowns, including a 40-yard strike down the right sideline to Brandon Richardson, in the title game. Whalen, who suffered a season ending injury in last year's game against James Clemens and underwent eight months of rehab, first saw contact in the 2013 spring game. Rose said of his 6-foot-3 quarterback, "He's the first quarterback since I've been here at Bob Jones that can beat you with his feet, too." As for the comeback from the loser's bracket after losing to Madison Academy earlier in the competition, the real stars were the defense. Time after time in the final two games against the Mustangs, the defense stopped the maroon and gold with outstanding plays of speed and endurance. One of the key match ups was Hess covering Mustang all-star performer Kerrion Johnson. Hess, who carries a 4.26 GPA and works this summer as an engineering analyst intern for Boeing and looks to attend college at an Ivy League school, said, "We all did a great job on defense. We did what we had to do." "This tournament was a great competitive way to showcase the skills of both offensive and defensive players and it helps for possible recruitment of college bound players," added Rose. The tournament director was Clark Cook while Bob Jones Football Booster Club president, John Rice, led a group of volunteers, both youth and adult, to assist in making the event another great success. The nine-school tourney came down to the two local teams going head to head, and pass to pass for all glory to savor. In the end, the Patriots fought through the loser's bracket and grabbed back the championship it had lost a year ago. Exhausting Rose along the way. By Bob Labbe

Hess comes up big for Bob Jones in 7 on 7 tournament win

madison county recordMADISON- One of the smallest players on the field turned out to be the difference on Thursday as Bob Jones came out of the loser's bracket and defeated Madison Academy twice to claim first place in the North Alabama Elite 7 on 7 tournament. Christian Hess made the most of his opportunity to play with the Bob Jones 1 team as he beat out quarterbacks and receivers to claim the Most Valuable Player Award. The strong showing is what Hess needed as he pushes for more playing time in the fall. "I think I'm a good press cover corner," Hess said. "I think of myself as a leader on this team but I just want to do my part on the defense." In an elimination game, the Patriot defense held Madison Academy out of the end zone for all five possessions. Hess somehow managed to cover Kerrion Johnson, one of the top players in the state, plus made one of his two interceptions in the game. He also had an interception in the championship game which Bob Jones won 22-15. "I thought Christian did a great job at corner defending against Kerrion," said Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose who selected the tournament MVP. "They kept testing him and he kept answering the bell. He was a huge factor in us winning by defending this side of the field." Rose said that any number of players could have been selected MVP. "Jonathon Rice, Ryan Crooks, Nick Holman were all deserving but Christian is a guy who didn't play a ton last year and he really stepped up and to defend Kerrion Johnson the way he did in some big situations was huge. Kerrion Johnson is an SEC-caliber athlete" Bob Jones went 5-1 on day two and had to win four straight games without a break to claim the championship. Bob Jones 1 and Madison Academy both entered the day undefeated. Academy posted a 26-18 win to send Bob Jones 1 to the loser's bracket. Madison Academy jumped out to an early lead in the championship game. But Bob Jones grabbed the momentum with a touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Whalen to Jonathon Rice who took a big hit from Johnson who was playing both ways. The Patriots defense then held on downs at the two-yard line and Whalen closed strong with touchdown passes to Brandon Richardson and another to Rice. "It was tons of work and our team got tired at the end but good conditioning kept us in it. Mental toughness was the difference," said Whalen. "We didn't want that loss but we kept our heads up and beat Austin and came back strong against Madison Academy." The tournament is a precursor to fall practice as coaches install the passing game. Players also get game management experience with play clocks and play calling with signals from the coaches on the sideline. The win meant the title returns to Bob Jones after Madison Academy won last year. Rose said a key to winning was that many of Madison Academy's players played both ways while Bob Jones used groupings of players who played only defense and offense. Rose said another key to victory was the play of his quarterback. "I thought Tyler had a good tournament. He threw the ball extremely well and made big plays. The same playmakers you see out here are the same ones you will see on Friday nights this fall." Rose will now lead Bob Jones to their first appearance in the Music City Classic 7 on 7 Passing Tournament at Vanderbilt University. There they will face top high school teams from around the southeast. "Every team we play will be really athletic and well coached and that's the kind of tournament you want to play in to bring out the best in our athletes and our team." By Lindsay Vaught

Bob Jones youth football camp wraps up, 7 on 7 tournament next

The Madison Record2013 Football CampMADISON- The game had all the makings of a Friday night high school football playoff game. There were touchdowns, interceptions, great runs, and some great catches. The touch football game that went down to the final play wrapped up the fifth annual Kevin Rose youth football camp Thursday morning at the Bob Jones turf field. Seventy five kids age K through sixth grade went through the six hours of football instruction over three days. "The kids come out and we create an atmosphere where they can have as much fun as possible and learn football so when they get to us they are ahead of the curve," said Bob Jones head football coach Kevin Rose. "We do some skills competitions where the kids can earn awards. We play air football games and try to create a fun competitive environment and they have a big time with it," said Rose who came up with the idea to award footballs instead of trophies. "These are our future Bob Jones Patriots," Rose said. "These same guys we see here in our camp will be scoring touchdowns for Bob Jones four or five years down the road." One play stood out for Rose. His son Caden had an interception as the clock ticked down on the final game. Current Patriots Tyler Brutofsky and Dylan Haraway pitched in to quarterback the two teams in the game. The youngsters went through skills competitions by ages with the winners awarded footballs. Kids could also earn a coveted football with hustle awards. Mike Murrah of Madison Youth Football talked to the kids about opportunities to play organized football in the fall. There are teams for any age group Murrah said. There are eight teams in MYF and no kids are turned away if they want to play football. They play teams from Madison Academy and Westminster Christian Academy among other teams. MYF games are played at Dublin Park. With the youth camp wrapped up, Rose can now turn his attention to hosting the North Alabama Elite 7 on 7 Competition to be held June 19-20. Defending champion Madison Academy will be back as will teams from Sparkman, Buckhorn, Colbert County and Bob Jones will have three teams. Twelve teams in all will compete. Games will start at 9 A.M. on the practice fields north of Eastview Drive. Afternoon sessions both days will be on the turf field behind the school. Rose said that he will take his best players from the 7-on-7 tournament to Vanderbilt for the Music City Classic July 12-13. By Lindsay Vaught, Published 12:59pm Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bob Jones Football coach Kevin Rose selected to coach North All stars

madison county recordMADISON- This year's All-Star Sports week in Montgomery will have a big presence from Madison. Bob Jones will send one softball player, Sydney Booker, basketball player Chandler Elder, and volleyball player Alexis Howell. James Clemens will send basketball player Jordan Harris. And for the first time, a coach from Madison will be in charge of an all-star team. Bob Jones head football coach Kevin Rose will be the coach of the North All-Star team. Rose was an assistant in the game in 2004 which is a prerequisite to being the head coach. The AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week is July 15-20. The football game will be Thursday night, July 18 at the Crampton Bowl in downtown Montgomery at 7 p.m. "Alvin Briggs called me and asked if I would serve as the head coach and I was honored to be asked," Rose said. "It's a great opportunity. It recognizes the job our coaching staff and players have done here at Bob Jones over the past four seasons and have earned state-wide respect for winning four straight region championships." Alvin Briggs of the AHSAA is the director of the All-Star Sports Week. The week features coaching clinics, a sports equipment expo at the Montgomery Convention Center, and dozens of athletes practicing and playing games. Over 4,000 coaches, athletic directors, and principals from across the state participate in the event. Rose has filled out his coaching staff with Shawn Raney of Spain Park, Eddie Bullock of Anniston, Lee Ozmint of Glencoe, Jason Lard of Lexington, John Ritter of Red Bay, Matt Glover of Pinson Valley and Nick Folds of Alabama Christian. The game is unique because graduated seniors will fill out the rosters. Other sports at the games will bring rising juniors to play. Division 1 scholarship players typically enroll in their university in the summer and that makes them ineligible to play in this game. "What we get are kids going to Division 2 or NAIA schools on scholarships or kids trying to get an invitation to walk-on or still trying to find a spot to play," Rose said. There are rules that must be adhered to for selecting players. Every district and classification must be included when the coaches begin issuing invites to play. "You want everybody to be represented in a state wide all star game like this," Rose said. "We stay on the campus of Auburn-Montgomery and practice twice a day. It's a great time of camaraderie among the coaches and a chance to learn some football from them and build some relationships." Two graduated seniors from Bob Jones will fill out the roster, Kevin Wright and Jordan Shelton, both of whom signed scholarships to play in college. The North won last year's game 34-12. By Lindsay Vaught