Jones Shines in Season Opener

GRAHAM, N.C. - Dwight Jones began his senior season with a bang, cradling a 34-yard touchdown reception at Southern Alamance High School for the first score of the game. Before the first half ended, Jones had three catches for 93 yards, including two touchdown catches, plus a two-point conversion reception.

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    "That was a typical performance for him," Burlington Cummings head coach Steve Johnson said afterwards.

    The Cummings Cavaliers cruised to victory, 48-14, powered in part by perhaps the best wide receiver duo in the state. Jones' teammate, Antonio Ferguson, is also an impressive receiver and had a 15-yard touchdown catch just before the end of the first half.

    After the first half, Cummings used a dominant offensive line and powerful ground game to seal the victory. "We knew we had the receivers and the quarterback, but we wanted to establish the offensive line and running game," Johnson said.

    Jones did not have a pass thrown in his direction the entire second half, and Coach Johnson pulled the talented tandem of receivers with almost ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, "Our coach doesn't like to embarrass anyone," Jones said.

    Jones also felt his performance was an "average" one, but was pleased to start the season off with a win. "We started the season off very slow last year; it is good to start with a win," Jones said.

    Jones said he maintains close contact with his primary recruiter at UNC, Marvin Sanders. And if he wants to hear more about UNC, he doesn't have to go far. "Brandon Tate's family lives right down the street from me," Jones said. He said he plans to visit UNC during the year, but has not as yet set up arrangements.

    In addition to his early touchdown catch, Jones also snared a 38-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. However, neither of his touchdown catches were as impressive as a 21-yard grab Jones made in the second period. Jones went across the middle, leapt high to catch the ball, was hit immediately and still made the catch.

    Even though he is a skilled receiver, Jones almost has a defender's mentality. A big, physical presence at receiver, he does not shy away from contact and when called on demonstrates ability as a blocker.

    With a proven passing attack, Coach Johnson believes that his improved offensive line and rushing attack, along with a solid defense, will put Cummings in contention once the playoffs arrive. "This team will be in the playoffs, and we'll be one of the teams in the mix," said Johnson.

    If Jones's performance Friday night was "typical," that doesn't seem like much of a stretch.

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