Video: Jamir Jones in Action

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Notre Dame commitment Jamir Jones helped lead Aquinas Institute to a 17-14 win over Rush-Henrietta in the Section V Class AA sectional championship game.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jamir Jones and his Aquinas Institute teammates came up with a big stop as time expired to seal their 17-14 win over Rush-Henrietta in the Section V Class AA championship game on Sunday at Sahlen’s Stadium.
 
After trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Little Irish took a 14-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter and then held off the Royal Comets to win their ninth sectional championship in the last 10 years. Aquinas Institute was forced to forfeit its sectional win last year due to an ineligible player.
 
“It just feels great to not be the team that let it up and lost on this field,” Jones said. “No other team has lost on this field in the last 10 years and that means a lot to us.”
 
Aquinas Institute (10-0) kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter then got a big defensive stop that could have ended the game had the Little Irish offense not jumped offside on a 4th-and-inches attempt. Jake Zembiec’s quarterback sneak was erased and Aquinas Institute punted the ball back to the Royal Comets, who took over at their own 38 with 1:08 left in the game.
 
Rush-Henrietta quarterback Jared Gerbino led the Royal Comets to within striking distance but his pass into the end zone fell incomplete as the clock struck zero.
 
“We never panic; never give up,” Jones said. “We just kept playing our game. We knew that we’d make plays and stop them on defense and that’s what we did.”
 
Jones finished the game with two catches for 32 yards, including a first down grab on the Little Irish’s go-ahead touchdown drive.
 
“I just did what was asked,” he said. “I ran my routes right and then our line held up and Jake delivered the ball where it needed to be. I just made plays.”
 
He also recorded four stops, including one on a botched punt.
 
Jones spent most of the night chasing down Gerbino.
 
“He’s a great athlete,” Jones said. “We were just confused. When he’d roll out we’d go to tackle him and he’d just find a way with three guys on him, find a way to flick the ball into the end zone. My job was to contain Gerbino. Wherever he was I was and that’s what I tried to do. I had to stay low on him because he’s a huge guy. Like I said, he’s a great athlete and hard to bring down. It was definitely a great game by him.”


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