While Ty Storey dominated the headlines, Jordan Jones quietly had a solid game in a losing effort for Smackover.
The three-star wide receiver and 2016 Arkansas commit caught four passes for 137 yards and one touchdown in the Buckaroos’ 33-26 loss to Storey and Charleston in the Class 3A championship game.
“It’s a good experience,” Jones said. “I’m glad I got to share it with this group of guys. (Charleston) is a great team and fought back to win the game.”
Smackover led most of the game, but Storey’s 4-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left gave Charleston the lead when it counted.
The Buckaroos had a chance to tie the game after a 28-yard reception by Jones set up a final Hail Mary attempt that ultimately fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired.
Jones’ 77-yard touchdown catch late in the first quarter gave Smackover its first lead of the game, but the play was not intended for him.
Logan Clark’s pass went through Dewayne Jones’ hands and into those of Jordan Jones, when sprinted up the sideline for the score.
“I saw my running back miss the ball and saw it in the air, so I tried to catch it and do as much as I could with it,” Jones said. “I ended up scoring.”
Jones also played defense during the game, registering two tackle and one pass breakup at safety.
However, his pass breakup proved to be one of the key moments of the game. With Charleston facing third and 12 near midfield late in the third quarter, Jones crushed a receiver coming over the middle.
It was a clean play and seemingly brought up a fourth down, but Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct because he made a throat slashing motion.
Charleston got a first down because of the penalty and eventually scored a game-tying touchdown.
While the game ended in a loss, Jones said he enjoyed the experience and looks forward to making another deep run in the playoffs his senior year.
“It was great,” Jones said. “We have a great team and good coaches. We had a great season.”
Jones Solid for Smackover in Loss
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