Jones, Cummings Closer to Title

BURLINGTON, N.C. --- Burlington (N.C.) Cummings moved one step closer to winning a NCHSAA 2A State Title with yet another blowout victory Friday night. Convincingly, the Cavaliers defeated visiting Black Mountain (N.C.) Owen, 51-14.

"It feels real good," said Dwight Jones, a 6-foot-3 205-pound wide receiver. "We expected to come out here and blow everybody out. We said we wanted the shutout, but they caught us off guard a couple of plays."

Cummings didn't need to count on their star receiver very much as the running game easily churned out yards and points.

"Last week, I had a big game, so I didn't expect to get the ball very much in this game unless they needed me," said Jones. "We were successful running the ball and that's what got us the win this week. Next week, we might need to pass the ball more to get the win."

Jones did, however, catch four passes for 96 yards and a 77-yard touchdown.

"[The touchdown catch] was a circle route with my quarterback sprinting out," said Jones. "The pass was made and I just had to go and get it."

Defensively, Jones saw almost every down at safety recording five tackles (three solo).

While Cummings is currently riding high, Jones realizes there is no time for a break.

"We made it all the way to [the finals] my freshman year and the [semi-finals] my tenth grade year," said Cummings. "So we need to keep working hard and be ready for next week."

Next week, Cummings hosts rival Reidsville (N.C.). Although the Cavaliers defeated the Rams earlier in the season, last year Reidsville eliminated Cummings from the playoffs in the third round.

"It might be tough [to beat the same team twice in one season], but our offense is executing better now than it was [the last time we played]," said Jones. "Our defense is stepping up a lot."

While in the heat of the playoffs, Jones is focusing very little on his recruitment, but stated that his verbal commitment to North Carolina is firm. He is, however, slightly looking at Tennessee and Clemson.

"Right now I'm sticking with Carolina, but Clemson and Tennessee are also in my top three schools," said Jones. "I don't know if I'm going to [officially] visit any schools – I don't even know if I'm going to [officially] visit Carolina or not."

Jones did reveal that he's anxious to meet and converse with new North Carolina coach, Butch Davis.

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