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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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 </script>)Yes, places like Louis Crews Stadium and Milton Frank Stadium accommodate plenty of fans, but both venues lack the homespun quality that we all seek when attending a high school football game. What makes a high school stadium cool? Here’s a list of five of the coolest spots to see a game this fall, so don’t miss a chance to visit these sites this fall: Madison City Schools Stadium: One of the Tennessee Valley’s newest stadiums, Bob Jones and James Clemens call it home. It’s large enough to accommodate a big Class 7A crowd, but still cozy enough to maintain the charm expected at a high school game.

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

2014 BJHS Boys Tennis Team tryouts

The boys tennis team tryout dates for the 2015 season will be held Aug. 21, Aug. 22, and Aug. 25, with the possibility of additional days later during the week of the 25th. Tryouts will run from approximately 3:45 to approximately 5:30 each day. Tryouts are open to boys in grades 7-12. Make sure to bring rackets, proper tennis shoes and water/sports drink to tryouts. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Bill Bryant at 256-655-3651 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cross-Country runners needed

The BJHS 2014 Fall Cross-Country season will begin shortly. If you are interested, please immediately  contact our new Cross Country / Track coach, Stephen Baker, at 256-679-4557.

Parker recognized by AHSAA with Making A Difference Award

madison county recordMADISON- Bob Jones principal Robby Parker has been chosen to be the 6A recipient of the most prestigious Alabama High School Athletic Association award a coach or administrator can receive. Parker was named the winner for Class 6A of the 2014 Making A Difference Award. The award was established in 2011 by the AHSAA and AHSADCA to recognize individuals who go beyond their normal duties as a coach, teacher, or administrator to make a positive impact in their schools and communities. Parker has been at Bob Jones for 26 years and has served as teacher, baseball coach, assistant football coach, athletic director, and principal. He was named principal in June, 2005. He was baseball coach for five years in the mid-1990's. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced the six individuals who won last week. "The recipients in this class are tremendous role models for their students, faculty, and community. They are excellent examples of what this award stands for. This award is the most important honor a professional educator in our state can receive. Characteristics considered for this award include character, integrity, and service, all of which have enable Mr. Parker to have a life-changing impact on the community and school," Savarese said. Parker will be presented the award at the Championship Coaches Banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center on July 25. The 6 p.m. event will close the 2014 Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week for member schools. Bob Jones Softball Coach Kent Chambers nominated Parker. "We are blessed at Bob Jones to have Robby Parker as our principal. He lets students know they are important, going above and beyond what the average expectations are of an administrator. He has created a sense of family in our students and his love for Bob Jones is evident in all he does. He sets the bar extremely high for all high school principals," Chambers wrote. Parker attends all football game and basketball games. He attends every signing that his schedule will allow; often talking about his days as a college baseball player at Samford University in Birmingham. He is a 1981 graduate of Fairfield High School. Parker has an undergraduate degree from Samford and a Masters from UNA. Academically, Bob Jones was named among the top 5% of American High Schools. The school regularly produces Presidential Scholars including one this year. Athletically, the Patriots have won state titles in girl's and boy's basketball programs. The volleyball team also won a state championship this past year. By Lindsay Vaught

Opportunity knocks for Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland

alFor Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, opportunity knocks after 2 years of patience

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Frustration would have been understandable. Outside of some spot duty in blowouts and special teams, Reggie Ragland hasn't seen the field all that much since he arrived at Alabama as one of the top-ranked inside linebackers in the nation. He piled up eight tackles in 11 games and 17 over the course of all 13 games in 2013.The star player in front of him who racked up 215 tackles and collected the Butkus Award during that period served as one of the leading reasons why Ragland's playing time was sparse. Ragland, though, understood the circumstances. "It didn't frustrate me at all," said Ragland, the former Bob Jones High star out of Madison. "I knew I had two years to learn behind the best, and I did." The departure of C.J. Mosley has opened the door wide for a player like Ragland, who regularly has been seen working alongside senior Trey DePriest and the rest of the first-team defense throughout the spring. He's been locked in a competition with promising sophomore Reuben Foster, who has been dealing with a neck injury, but he's also been moonlighting with the outside linebackers. He's fully aware of the opportunity that sits in front of him... (More at

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.

Familiar teams head prep preseason volleyball rankings

alBIRMINGHAM, Alabama – preseason volleyball rankings feature plenty of familiar teams atop the different classifications, including the Alabama High School Athletic Association's new Class 7A. Defending Class 6A champion Bob Jones earned the first top spot in Class 7A, comprised of the largest 32 schools in the state. The new class means reshuffling for many teams. Among the other top-ranked teams, only Class 5A St. Paul's, Class 3A Bayside Academy and AISA Macon-East return to defend class championships. Other No. 1 teams are all playing in different classes except for Class 1A Donoho. Class 6A John Carroll moved up from Class 5A, Class 4A Danville moved up from Class 3A and Class 2A Addison was last year's Class 1A champion. Bob Jones returns a formidable senior class led by outside hitter Jeneva Salter and setter Erin Shockey. The Patriots also added one of the top players in the state when Haley Hop, who spent the past two seasons at James Clemens, moved back to Bob Jones. Hop played for the Patriots as a freshman, but went to James Clemens when the school opened in 2012. Volleyball season begins on August 28 with several tournaments occurring the following weekend. Competition in the 32nd annual Juanita Boddie Tournament starts on August 29 with pool play followed by an elimination tournament on Saturday. It's the longest running tournament in the state. By Dennis Victory | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on August 14, 2014 10:01 a.m. Prep Volleyball Preseason Rankings

 1. Bob Jones
 2. Hoover
 3. Mountain Brook
 4. Grissom
 5. Huntsville
 6. McGill-Toolen
 7. Sparkman
 8. Baker
 9. Thompson
10. Oak Mountain

Andre Reynolds to lead Lady Patriots Basketball Team at Bob Jones

Andre Reynolds, center, is welcomed by BJHS Athletic Director Luther Tiggs, left, and Principal Robby Parker.

Andre Reynolds has been named head coach of the Bob Jones High School girls basketball team. While the title is new, the program is familiar territory for Reynolds. He was assistant coach under Danny Petty, who recently became boys basketball coach at James Clemens High School. Bob Jones Principal Robby Parker said Mr. Reynolds is a logical and qualified, replacement. "We still love Coach Petty but we won't miss a beat under Coach Reynolds. There is no doubt he's ready," Mr. Parker said. Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Luther Tiggs said Mr. Reynolds has strong character and is a great leader and communicator. "We're thrilled to welcome Andre as our new girls basketball coach. He has a deep appreciation for the balances that are required for student-athletes. Andre has a great ability to communicate and he's a perfect fit for what we're trying to accomplish here at Bob Jones High School," Mr. Tiggs said. Coach Reynolds vowed Bob Jones will be a strong competitor for the state title. With many of his players looking on, he stressed he wants them to be good athletes but also good students and members of the community. Before coaching, Reynolds was a standout player in both football and basketball at Dothan High School. He graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Physical Education and Health Education. He also holds a Master of Science degree in PE from Jacksonville State University. He and his wife, Lawanda, have one daughter, Destiny.

2014 Swimming and Diving tryouts

bjhs coach gunnerWe will begin our tryout for swimmers and divers on Monday, August 18 at Dublin Pool.  We will go Monday – Thursday that week from 4:00pm-6:30pm.  Interested athletes must have a physical form and insurance form on file or with them to begin participating.  Also, the athletes must have running and exercise clothing in addition to swim gear.  Selection is based on several factors including, stroke ability and skill, ability to sustain 2 ½ hour training, availability of pool space, number of athletes trying out, or team need.

2014 Athletic Boosters Club of Huntsville Banquet

Alexis Howell and David Gunther were recognized at the Athletic Boosters Club of Huntsville Banquet on Friday, April 18th as the Top Female and Male Athletes of the Year, representing Bob Jones High School. Alexis Howell is a Senior Captain and Most Valuable Player in the 2013 State Volleyball Tournament of the Current Class 6A State Champion Volleyball team at Bob Jones High School. David Gunther has been a Captain of the Bob Jones High School Cross Country team and Long distance runner on the Bob Jones High School Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams. Pictured with Alexis and David are Bob Jones High School Head Volleyball Coach, April Marsh and Bob Jones High School Athletic Director, John Wilson.


2014-16 7A Football Alignment
Region 1
Alma Bryant
Mary Montgomery
Region 2
Central Phenix-City
Jeff Davis
Lee Montgomery
Smiths Station
Region 3
Mountain Brook
Oak Mountain
Spain Park
Tuscaloosa County
Vestavia Hills
Region 4
Bob Jones
Gadsden City
Hazel Green
James Clemens


Interested in learning about lacrosse?
Want to join your fellow Patriots in the fastest game on two feet?
Attend a FREE learn to play clinic open to boys and girls of all ages
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Bob Jones High School


Jamarcus Jones will be signed to play basketball with Martin Methodist on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 2:15 in the Bob Jones High School Library Media Center.