MADISON, Ala. - The Bob Jones Patriots dominated the 2015 regular season. They went undefeated in region play to earn their sixth region title in the last seven years. Their season came to a screeching halt after a first round playoff loss to Vestavia Hills. It was a tough loss, but a lesson learned as the Patriots prepare for 2016.
"We got out hustled in the first half by an outstanding football team," Bob Jones head coach Kevin Rose said as he reflected on the loss to Vestavia Hills. "I thought we played well in the second half. We dug a hole in the first half, down 21 points. We have to do a better job of getting off to a better start against great football teams like that."
That's why this season, "Hustle" is the key word for the Patriots. Rose wants to see his team get after it for 48 minutes every Friday. Quarterback Brady Polson agrees that a lack of hustle was the difference between a win and a loss last November.
"I think this team, we realized that and we worked on that this summer," said Polson. "I think we're gonna take a different attitude. This is a different team, different players."
The Patriots have experience on their side this season. There are six returning starters on both sides of the ball including starting quarterback Brady Polson. Rose believes Polson will be a difference maker.
"I think in close games, playoff games, championship games, the difference is going to be quarterback play. The fact that we got someone who is gonna run out there, who's been out there 26, 27-plus starts I think is an advantage over someone that's running a guy out there for the first time."
Polson is playing behind an offensive line that Rose says could be the best he's ever had at BJHS. The line is anchored by two division one prospects, Alabama commit Kendall Randolph and Tucker Walters.
Bob Jones opens up the season on August 19th against an out of state opponent. They're set to face Dorman High School from South Carolina.