Jones, Cummings Win Rivalry Game

BURLINGTON, N.C. --- The annual battle of Burlington once again lived up to the hype as being an unpredictable rivalry. In a tightly contested shootout, Cummings came out with a 52-42 over Williams.

"It's good to win," said North Carolina commitment Dwight Jones afterwards. "They came out and played real well, but we were able to get everything together and come out with the win."

For most of the first half, Cummings controlled the game and headed into the halftime with a 22-13 lead. Jones, a 6-foot-3 208-pound wide receiver, capped off the half with a 47-yard grab in which he sliced down the middle of the defense for a touchdown.

"I was running a [different] route, but I saw the middle of the field, so I had to turn it up to a skinny post," said Jones. "I caught the ball and my man threw a nice block and I just ran to the end zone."

Turnovers allowed Williams to tie the game at 28-28 before the start of the fourth quarter and take a 35-28 lead with 11:29 left in the game.

"When you turn over the ball a lot, it's going to be a close game," said Jones. "That's what we did."

On their next possession, Cummings drove 58 yards down the field to score on an eight-yard Jamil Miller run, and take the lead with a two-point conversion. Jones contributed two catches for 15 yards to the effort.

After an interception, Cummings scored again on another Miller run. The score was setup by a Jones catch on a screen pass in which in broke three tackles and jolted down the sideline for a 37-yard gain.

"Determination," said Jones. "People say I'm too slow, I can't break tackles, and everything. It's just determination and working hard over the summer."

Williams would score again, but an Omar Steward touchdown run with 41 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

Jones totaled six catches for 112 yards on the night.

With Cummings down two cornerbacks, Jones also saw 75-percent of the defensive plays.

"My man Phil Evans, he got hurt, he hurt his shoulder [in the second quarter] and we were already down a corner heading into the game," said Jones. "This week in practice, I didn't practice any at safety or defensive back, so it was kind of hard. But, I played my freshman and sophomore years. I struggled a little, but I did all right."

Defensively, Jones ended the night with three tackles (two solo) including a big pop that got a rise out of the crowd.

Cummings opens up their conference schedule next Friday when they travel to Hillsborough to play Orange County.

Dwight Jones Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories