Jones Leads Glenville to Title Game

Cleveland Glenvlle junior quarterback Cardale Jones picked a great time to have the best performance of his career last Saturday. Jones helped lead Glenville into the state title game, both by passing and running, in a 31-17 win over Massillon. Bill Greene caught up with Jones after the game.

Cleveland Glenville junior quarterback Cardale Jones played the game of his life last Saturday, leading the Tarblooders into the state title game with a 31-17 win over Massillon.

Jones was equally effective throwing and running the football and he will need to duplicate that effort if Glenville can win its first state championship this Saturday against Hilliard Davidson.

"This win means a lot for our program and I couldn't be happier right now," Jones said. "Now, we've got to take our game to the next level and go win it all next week. I know Hilliard Davidson will be a tough team to beat, but if we stay focused and have a great week of practice, we can do it."

After struggling in the first half against the Tigers, Jones was the most dominant player on the field in the second half. For the game, Jones was 9-20 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 150 yards and scored a touchdown.

"I kind of got away from what I need to do mechanically in the first half," he said. "My coaches told me at halftime to just settle down and play my game. They told me I needed to be sound fundamentally and to take care of the football. We didn't change too much from our scheme, but we just executed better in the fourth quarter."

Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. decided to put the game in the hands of his junior quarterback in the second half, and this was exactly what Jones wanted.

"I feel I'm a playmaker on the football field and I want the ball in my hands, and I want to be the one this team counts on to get things done offensively," Jones stressed. "It wasn't all just me at all. Our line did a great job all night long and I don't think I was sacked one time. Then our skill players made plays once I got them the football."

Although only a junior, Jones is starting to attract attention from college recruiters, and will be one of the top prospects in the 2011 Ohio high school class.

"I'm trying not to think about that stuff right now, because winning football games is the most important thing to me," he admitted. "I do have one offer from Bowling Green and a lot of schools are showing some interest. I did take a trip to Bowling Green about six weeks ago and they have a really nice campus."

Although Jones was not aware of his presence, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel was on hand for the exciting win over Massillon. Might Jones have interest in the Buckeye program?

"Yes sir, I like Ohio State a lot," he stated emphatically. "But I'm interested in any school that's interested in me, to be honest. I know Ohio State has a great relationship with Glenville, so I'm pretty sure I'll be talking with them in the future. It was great seeing some of the Glenville guys at Ohio State show up tonight to cheer us on. I spoke to Marcus Hall, Robert Rose, Ray Small and Bryant Browning after the game, and it was really cool that they showed up to see us. I grew up watching those guys and they made great decisions to go to Ohio State, so maybe I will get the same opportunity some day."

Glenville will seek its first-ever state title this Saturday when they play Hilliard Davidson at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. will be on hand to cover all the action.

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