"Five in a row!"
The phrase was a common one among the spectators at Mortimer Jordan (Ala.) High on Friday night, as the Blue Devils won a fifth straight game overall by defeating Hayden (Ala.), 42-32.
While consistency has led to a winning mentality, none of the said spectators would argue that it's a mirror-image of the team's quarterback Devlin Hodges.
The junior has engineered drive after drive for the high-scoring Devils, all without an interception on the campaign. Hodges finished the night 14 of 22 passing for 247 yards and a score, again failing to toss one to his opponent.
"I want to make the right decisions, go through my reads and if nothing's there – hit the check down as quick as possible," he said. "I remember one play where we got it out there quick…and it was 20 yards."
Not only was he efficient, but his accuracy and arm strength was on display all night, and a handful of on-the-money passes weren't brought in by the Jordan receivers. Even after one cost the home team a touchdown, Hodges remained poised.
"You're going to be a little down, but when it's all said and done it's about picking them back up," he said. "Stuff like that, it don't bother me that much.
"We just believe in ourselves. We have put the losses in the past and won five straight, which is huge."
The team's mindset follows that of its signal-caller, who has a cool confidence about him. Make no mistake; it comes from hard work put in during the offseason after a disappointing 2011 year which ended with a broken leg.
"During the summer, I wanted to put on weight," Hodges said of his goals. "Stepping up in the pocket was another thing, and I've done that. I also wanted to throw with more accuracy, and I've been zipping it in there.
"But I want to get better at everything."
With the added success and consistency, college programs have taken plenty notice. The junior always wanted to play in the SEC, and the possibility is more likely by the day seemingly as schools continue to call. After taking in a pair of trips to Alabama to see the Crimson Tide play in person earlier this season, the family is taking the trip to Vanderbilt on Saturday.
"Going down there, it's exciting. It's a sell-out crowd I hear, too," said Hodges of his expectations.
Admitting that Alabama is on him the hardest at the moment, he will inevitably compare Vandy and fellow interested school Mississippi State to the No. 1 team in the land. Certain factors contribute to it.
"Winning, it's huge. The crowd, everything needs to be on a certain level," he said of how the playing field can be leveled.
While he may compare, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder isn't ruling any school out as he seeks offer No. 1.
"Last week, I sent out all my film out to all my schools," Hodges said. "They all want to wait and see the film…once they watch it they will be very happy."