Jones Kept Out of End Zone

BURLINGTON, N.C. --- Looking at Dwight Jones' final statistics, it's hard to imagine that he and his Burlington (N.C.) Cummings teammates were kept off the scoreboard by visiting Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley, 12-0.

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    "I thought between the twenties we moved the ball well," said Cummings offensive coordinator Jay Purdue. "I just thought once we got into the red zone, we had some problems."

    The problems for the Cavaliers began when Jones, a 6-foot-3 205-pounder, didn't catch his first pass until the second quarter and went into halftime with two receptions for 20 yards.

    "I guess they weren't looking for me as much [in the first half]," said Jones. "We always run the ball to get the pass open, but we couldn't get the run game going tonight."

    Cummings opened up the second half with a solid drive that included Jones recording an 11-yard reception. However, with the ball inside Dudley's ten-yard line, the Cavaliers turned it over on downs, while a frustrated Jones stood in the corner of the end zone open on both third and fourth down.

    "I wanted the ball," said Jones. "I was open a whole lot tonight, but our quarterback really couldn't get the ball to me, because he was rolling out to the opposite side. I talked to my coach and they adjusted it a little."

    Adjust they did. Down by a score of 12-0, Cummings opened up their playbook in the second half to incorporate Jones more.

    "I think when we got behind [we had to throw it more]," said Purdue. "[At first] we tried to mix the run with the pass and we moved the ball well, we just had red zone problems.

    "Probably in the first half, we should have gotten it to Dwight more than we did."

    Jones pulled in five passes for 67 yards including tough 32- and 19-yard catches that were made in traffic.

    However, it proved to be too little too late. On a third-and-19, Jones ran a slant pattern good enough for the first down, but dropped the pass and went down clutching his leg.

    "I thought I caught the ball, but when I fell I caught a cramp and I dropped the ball," said Jones. "The ref said it was incomplete."

    With less than five minutes left and Jones on the sideline, Dudley triple teamed Antonio Ferguson and an ill-advised pass was deflected out of Ferguson's reach for a turnover on downs.

    Jones ended the night with eight catches for 98 yards. He also returned a kickoff for negative yards.

    Defensively, Jones only saw one drive, a crucial early, fourth-quarter stand that held Dudley to a three-and-out. Jones is expected to see more reps on defense as the season goes on.

    "He loves playing defense," said Purdue. "Probably, next week you'll see him a lot more on defense. When it's hot, sometimes these kids cramp so we keep him on the sideline [on defense to prevent cramps]."

    In addition to regrouping for Friday's game against Reidsville (N.C.), Jones, who is firmly committed to UNC, is looking forward to attending North Carolina's home opener against Rutgers.

    "I plan to be at all the home games," said Jones. "I talked to Brandon Tate last Friday and he asked me what I was doing so I told him I'd come check him out against Rutgers."


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