Jones leads Red Devils past Bears
Junior WB Dorian Jones was the key factor in Newton-Conover’s 51-19 over winless Bunker Hill. Jones had touchdown runs of 8, 4, 2, 57 and 21. He led the Red Devils to a 21-7 half-time lead and gave them a 36-7 lead before ending his night early.
Things did not start off great for Newton-Conover. After stopping Bunker Hill on their first drive, QB Devon Danner led the Red Devils into Bunker Hill territory only to be picked off. That was just the calm before the storm with the Red Devils. As Jones scored two of his touchdowns before the opening quarter was over.
Bunker Hill did get to within one score midway through the second quarter with a Chase Patterson to Centrail Williamson 9-yard pass to make the score 14-7. But Danner, Jones and company would not be stopped on their next drive – a drive that was capped off by Jones’s two-yard run for the score.
The Bears would not quit, however. Assisted by a fake punt that kept the ensuing drive alive, the Bears found themselves inside the 10-yard line of the Red Devils. On fourth-and-goal, the Bears lined up for a field-goal but faked it as kicker Jeremy Abernathy would make a pass play intended for Centrail Williamson only to have it batted away by the Newton-Conover defense.
The game would be blown wide open by the Red Devils in the second half. With Jones’s two long runs (57 and 23) in the third quarter, an A.J. Bazzle 17-yard touchdown run and two two-point conversions, the Red Devils took a 44-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Bunker Hill would get two fourth-quarter scores against the Red Devils’ reserves with another Patterson-to-Williamson connection and a Davontaye Wilson 16-yard run. Both two-point tries failed.
No matter who played at QB, the Bears could not stop the Red Devils as third QB Jamar Robinson sealed the deal with a 45-yard touchdown run to make the final 51-19.
Asked about his big night, Jones gave credit to his line and his coaches play-calling.
“I was not very tickled about the first half.” said Red Devils’ Head Coach Nick Bazzle regarding the slow start and the defensive letdowns that allowed Bunker Hill to say in the game “I was more pleased with the second half.”
When asked about the upcoming battle with Bandys next week for the #1 2A spot in the playoffs, Bazzle commented “We left the Bandys thing out of it. This night was a win that meant a playoff spot.”
Asked about Jones’s performance, Bazzle had this to say “This is the thing about the Triple-Option (offense), it could be the QB one night, or it could be the FB or slot, it just happened to be (Jones’s) night.”