Jones' Team Champs

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. --- Despite being on the field for every offensive down, Dwight Jones wasn't much of a factor, offensively, in Burlington (N.C.) Cummings 49-20 rout of Clinton (N.C.) in the NCHSAA 2A State Championship game.

"In the beginning of the season I got a little frustrated [because we were running so much]," said Jones. "I realized that I was opening up the run, so I told Omar [Stewart] that I don't care if I don't get that ball."

However, Jones' mere present makes him a factor, according to Cummings head football coach Steve Johnson.

"When Dwight is standing out there, he's a factor," said Johnson. "Teams have to double-team him, which opens up the run up the middle."

Jones, a 6-foot-3 210-pound wide receiver/safety, didn't need to be much of a factor on offense as an unstoppable Cavalier rushing attack accumulated 329 rushing yard and five touchdowns.

All five touchdowns were scored by sophomore tailback Jamil Miller, who was awarded the game's MVP. Miller rushed for 244 yards on 17 carries (14.4-yard average).

While none of the three passes thrown in Jones' directions were caught, he did get in on the rushing party with a carry for a 17-yard gain.

Defensively, Jones recorded seven tackles (five solo) and helped contain talented Clinton tailback Nick Cooper.

"I think we did ok [against Cooper]," said Jones. "He hurt us the most when he jumped outside, but we did ok against him."

Jones, who now has a championship ring in both basketball and football, heads down to Spartanburg, S.C. to represent North Carolina in the 70th annual Shrine Bowl.

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