Jones, Love, Claypool all star

Only eight Irish commitments remain alive in their playoff chases. Jamir Jones, Julian Love and Chase Claypool all made sure their squads advanced with star performances.

Jamir Jones caught seven passes for 121 yards in Aquinas Institute’s 17-16 win over Liverpool on Saturday. That stat line also included a 10-yard touchdown reception to go with 15 tackles on defense, including two stops for loss.
“On the first drive of the game I caught a 10-yard corner,” Jones said. “It was a beautiful pass by my QB.”

Jones’ touchdown catch gave the Little Irish an early 7-0 lead.

Liverpool had a chance to knock off the state’s top-ranked team when it scored a touchdown with 3:53 left to play. The Warriors considered going for two to win the game but chose to take their chances in overtime.

Instead, the kick was partially blocked and Aquinas Institute ran out the clock for the win.

“It was a crazy game,” Jones said. “On that drive they knew they had to score so they came out firing. We had them on a 4th-and-6 but let up a long pass into the red zone then we got fooled on a naked bootleg.”

The Little Irish advance to Sunday’s state championship game against Saratoga Springs at the Carrier Dome.

“(The win) helps us to believe in one another more and trust our coaches and our game plan,” Jones said. “It lets us know that if we execute, not a lot of teams can beat us.”

Ian Book 
Book helped Oak Ridge (10-2) move into the Sac-Joaquin section semifinals with 30-7 win over Consumnes Oaks. He was 12-of-19 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. Book also added 83 yards rushing on 11 carries. Oak Ridge gets Elk Grove this week.

Parker Boudreaux 
Bishop Moore (11-1) defeated Merritt Island 49-28 in the Florida Class 5A regional semifinals. It takes on Hallandale this week.

Chase Claypool
Abbotsford (B.C.) defeated formerly unbeaten John Barsby 50-36 in the second round of Double A playoffs. Claypool had four receiving touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns and accounted for more than 300 yards of offense. The game was tied 29-29 near the end of the third quarter. Claypool scored twice after that to seal the win.

Jalen Elliott 
After averaging 316 rushing yards in its first 11 games, L.C. Bird (11-1) rushed for just 77 in a 21-12 playoff loss to Hermitage. Elliott threw a touchdown pass and ran for another. He didn’t allow a reception on defense.

Jamir Jones 
Jones caught seven passes for 121 yards with a 10-yard touchdown reception in a 17-16 win for Aquinas Institute over Liverpool. Aquinas (12-0) plays Saratoga Springs on Nov. 29 for the New York AA state title at the Carrier Dome.

Tommy Kraemer 
Colerain rushed for 511 yards in a 41-14 win over Kraemer and Elder in a Division I regional championship game. Elder finished 9-4.

Julian Love 
Love powered Nazareth Academy to a 34-0 win over St. Laurence in the Illinois Class 5A semifinals, setting up a second trip to the state title game. He rushed for 283 yards on 11 carries with touchdowns from 99, 32, 27 and 75 yards. Nazareth (11-2) gets Lincoln-Way West on Saturday.

D.J. Morgan 
St. John Bosco (12-0) gave up two long second half touchdown passes but otherwise dominated in a 52-14 win over Loyola. It was the 11th time this season St. John Bosco has invoked a running clock by leading an opponent by 35 points or more. The Braves play Bishop Amat in a PAC-5 semifinal on Friday.

Julian Okwara 
Ardrey Kell (7-6) lost to No. 2-seed Cornelius Hough 34-7 in the second round of North Carolina Class 4A playoffs. That loss ends Okwara’s high school career.

John Shannon 
Loyola Academy moved to 13-0 with a 24-22 win over Palatine in a Illinois Class 8A semifinal game. Shannon gets a shot at a state title on Saturday as Loyola takes on Marist.

Donte Vaughn
Whitehaven (12-1) scored 26 points in the second quarter in a 53-16 win over Wilson Central. The Tigers play Ravenwood in a state semifinal on Friday. Ravenwood knocked Whitehaven out of the playoffs last season.

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