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Bob Jones avenges last year’s loss to Northridge


Bob Jones running back Jay Rogers tries to get through the Northridge defense as the Jaguars’ Drew Nipper (45) gets ready to make the tackle Friday night in Madison. (Photo by Photo | al.com)


MADISON | Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose made sure his players remembered last year’s season-opening loss at Northridge in the days leading up to Friday’s rematch against the Jaguars.

Senior quarterback Tyler Whalen passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Patriots routed Northridge 48-20 at Madison City Schools Stadium.

"Coach Rose had been telling us all week that this is a revenge game," Whalen said, "and that we had to come out and make a statement. "

The message got through loud and clear.

Whalen shredded the Jaguars for 171 yards — completing 15 of 19 passes — in the first half and also ran for a 4-yard touchdown as Bob Jones built a 28-6 lead by intermission.

"We executed well and ran the ball great," Whalen said. "We did everything just like we practiced."

The Patriots had 452 total yards — 228 through the air and 224 on the ground.

Jay Rogers’ 46-yard burst on the Bob Jones offense’s first play moved them deep into Northridge territory.

The Patriots needed just two more plays to find the end zone, with Whalen connecting with Roderick Randolph on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 9:03 left in the first quarter.

A 51-yard interception return by Tyler Brutofsky set up Bob Jones’ second score, with Rogers running seven yards for a touchdown on the last play of the first quarter.

Whalen put the Patriots ahead 21-0 with a 4-yard TD run to cap a six-play, 47-yard drive midway through the second quarter. But Northridge responded with a scoring drive of its own as Lavares Howard ran in from the 2 with 3:19 left in the second quarter.

Bob Jones scored on its first three possessions in the third quarter — a 27-yard Whalen-to-Ryan Crooks touchdown pass, a 17-yard TD run by Carlos Davis and a 26-yard TD run by Miles Strickland – to extend its lead to 48-6.

Both Northridge touchdowns in the second half came against the Patriots’ defensive reserves.

Bob Jones steps into 6A, Region 8 play next week with a showdown against crosstown rival James Clemens at Madison City Schools Stadium.

Northridge travels to face Hillcrest in its Region 5 opener.