He tried to scramble to create time, was caught and was sacked in the backfield. So on third down and 20, with San Antonio East Central's season on the line, Jones said he felt like he had to make a play.
"It was my fault it was third and 20," Jones said. "I just tried to put the team on my back. I knew I had to come up with something special. I got us into that position, so I had to help us get out."
He did more than that. The Hornets called the same exact play as the first-down mishap, and this time Jones went to a go route down the sideline. He dropped a perfect deep ball in for a touchdown to help the Hornets come back to win against San Antonio Clark.
"I saw he had a step when I threw it and I trusted him to get it," Jones said. "I told him before that it was going to be open. I told him just to look for it and keep running and it would be there. He did his job, and I did my job.
"I just trusted in my teammates," Jones said. "I believed in them, they believed in me and we made things happen."
Jones's throw is an example of the progression he's made since he was a run-first, run-second sophomore.
"Last year, I was really quick to run," Jones said. "This year I stand in there a lot longer and trust my o-line and deliver the ball. I'm focused on becoming more of a passing quarterback and not as much of a running quarterback."
With his great size at 6-foot-6, his strong arm and his athletic ability, Jones projects as one of the top quarterback prospects in the state for 2014. He's been in contact with LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and said he talks to Duke "it feels like everyday."
"Everyone's kind of even right now," Jones said.