Jones Sparks Glenville Victory

Cardale Jones wasted little time in making an impact during Friday's league game against Cleveland John F. Kennedy. After his Glenville team pulled out the lopsided victory, the three-star quarterback and his coach talked with about the game, his role and where he might be headed in the future.

The importance of Cardale Jones to Cleveland Glenville's offensive attack was apparent on a cloudy Friday afternoon.

With the Tarblooders facing John F. Kennedy, Jones was held out of the starting lineup by head coach Ted Ginn Sr. for disciplinary reasons. The three-star quarterback was inserted into the lineup with 6:22 left in a scoreless first half, and when halftime rolled around the Tarblooders had jumped out to a 20-0 lead.

Although he started 1 for 4 for 13 yards through the air, Jones eventually warmed up and finished the afternoon 10 for 14 for 219 yards and four touchdowns against no interceptions. In addition, he added two rushes for 18 yards and a touchdown and also converted two point-after attempts.

Ginn said the decision not to start Jones was his. The coach said it is part of his ongoing effort to push the 6-5, 230-pound athlete to continue to progress both as a quarterback and as a person.

"I was pretty close to not playing him at all but there's other kids that are part of the team so you can't really punish everybody for one kid," the coach said. "You're teaching a lesson. Sometimes when you teach lessons, everybody has to hurt."

Jones also said he is nursing a sprained left ankle suffered while walking through a ditch during the summer and that kept him on the sidelines as well. The injury does not affect his mobility during games thanks to a heavy tape job, he said.

"It was up to the coaches," Jones said. "I felt that I was OK but coach didn't and he told me just to wait it out. I was just doing exercises on the sidelines. He put me in when he felt I was ready."

Four-star offensive guard Aundrey Walker, a fellow Ohio State recruit and teammate who watched the game from the sidelines while battling a knee injury, said there was a reason things changed once Jones was inserted into the lineup.

"He's the quarterback," Walker said. "The quarterback leads the team. Him being around, it changes the whole perspective of things and the whole game plan. He's a great quarterback and a great guy."

His touchdown passes went for 75, 26, 21 and 15 yards.

On the recruiting front, not much has changed for the Tarblooder.

"I say it's still at a standstill right now because I'm focused on the season," he said. "I'm spreading the ball to all these guys who don't have any scholarships and trying to help them get to play football at the next level.

"My main goal is to get some of these guys scholarships, but other than that I look at the state championship as a mediocre goal because I've been there, even though I didn't get it. I'm trying to get these other guys to see what that's like."

Glenville advanced to the state title game last season before suffering a 16-15 defeat at the hands of Hillard Davidson.

With college coaches allowed to call recruits once a week right now, Jones said he has fielded a number of calls. Asked who calls the most, he said, "It's hard to say because I have a great relationship with all the schools I have offers from and schools where offers are coming from. I get a lot of attention."

The Buckeyes have not offered Jones, but for the past several months he has claimed that he feels they will eventually do so. That feeling has not changed.

"I still get that impression," he said. "I get called by them a lot so I think the offer is coming pretty soon."

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