St. James may not have gotten the full effect of Madison Prep’s David Jones, but they certainly saw enough of the junior jack-of-all trades.
With the two teams locked in a competitive Nos. 8 vs. 9 battle to advance in the Class 3A state playoffs, it was Jones who helped provide the Chargers needed separation to take another step toward their state title defense.
Jones, who wasn’t called upon at running back, was a major force on defense and special teams for Madison Prep in a 33-10 victory over St. James.
For his efforts Jones was selected the Tiger Rag Magazine/Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Shining Star of the Week.
“He had an impact pretty much in all phases of the game,” Madison Prep head football coach Landry Williams. “You could see the ability. He had the team motivated and rallied behind him. We used that to score touchdowns and played lights out on defense.”
Jones led Madison Prep with nine tackles from his corner back spot and was also part of the Chargers’ coverage on St. James standout wide receiver Shazz Preston.
With St. James driving into Madison Prep territory, Jones came up with a key interception that turned away the Wildcats. He was also pivotal on special teams with four punt returns for 96 yards and two kickoff returns for 90 yards, the latter helping to set up his team’s go-ahead touchdown after a long return to St. James’ 20-yard line.
“David’s done that all the time and we’ve gotten used to it around here,” Williams said. “He’s an amazing guy and it’s great to have him on your team. We love the way David plays and we continue to use the momentum he brings in the playoffs.”
ZAE TEASETT, Scotlandville (Accounted for 333 yards, 274 passing, 59 rushing, 2 TDs), COLE POIRRIER, St. Amant (Accounted for 311 yards, 296 passing, 15 rushing, 2 TDs), D’WANYE WINFIELD, Lutcher (Accounted for 248 yards, 148 passing, 110 rushing, TD), TAE NICHOLS, Catholic (Rushed 23 times, 235 yards, 4 TDs), BLAKE ABNEY, University (Accounted for 235 yards, 213 passing, 22 rushing, 3 TDs), KHYLAN GROSS, Liberty (Accounted for 231 yards, 197 passing, 34 yards, TD), ELI HOLSTEIN, Zachary (Completed 13 of 19 passes, 227 yards, TD), DANIEL BEALE, Catholic (Completed 11 of 21 passes, 221 yards, 2 TDs), ZEON CHRISS, Madison Prep (Accounted for 208 yards, 134 rushing, 74 passing, 3 TDs), RICKIE COLLINS, Woodlawn (Accounted for 184 yards, 131 passing, 52 rushing, TD), DOUGLAS THORNTON, Southern Lab (Carried 15 times, 181 yards, 2 TDs), RAY FORREST, Lutcher (Rushed 16 times, 173 yards, 6 TDs), SHELTON SAMPSON, JR., Catholic (Caught 8 passes, 173 yards, TD), ANGELO IZZARD, Southern Lab (Accounted for 167 yards, 109 passing, 58 rushing, 3 TDs), KALEB JACKSON, Liberty (Accounted for 164 yards, 101 rushing, 63 receiving, 3 TDs), TRACE FORBES, St. Amant (Caught 5 passes, 124 yards), JASON BARNES, University (Accounted for 139 yards, 90 receiving, 49 passing, TD), SHAWN BATES, Southern Lab (Carried 10 times, 123 yards), KAMERON SENEGAL, Zachary (Caught 4 passes, 113 yards), NOAH DETILLIER, Lutcher (Caught 8 passes, 98 yards, TD), RAY MCKNEELY, Denham Springs (Carried 27 times, 95 yards), CHARLES ROBERTSON, Zachary (Caught 7 passes, 94 yards), JOHN HUBBARD, Scotlandville (Caught 6 passes, 89 yards), D’ANDRE TAYLOR, St. Amant (Caught 4 passes, 88 yards, 2 TDs), THOMAS D’ARMOND, Episcopal (Carried 9 times, 63 yards, TD).
HARRY BEACHAM, University (10 tackles, 1 TFL, sack), HERMAN BRISTER, Southern Lab (9 tackles, 2 TFLs, sack), SHANE FORMAN, Southern Lab (8 tackles, 2 TFLs), ERVIN NICHOLSON III, Madison Prep (8 tackles, interception), JACK MASSEY, Catholic (6 tackles, TFL), RAYLON JENKINS, Southern Lab (6 tackles, TFL, sack), MARKEIS BATISTE, Madison Prep (6 tackles, 2 TFLs, sack), HOLDEN FOX, University (6 tackles, 2 sacks, interception), JERMAINE VESSEL, Catholic (5 tackles, 5 TFLs), QUENCY WIGGINS, Madison Prep (5 tackles 3 TFLs), SHAWN BATES, Southern Lab (5 tackles), HAROLD LAWSON, Catholic (5 tackles), D’WANYE WINFIELD, Lutcher (4 tackles, interception)
KYLAN DUPRE, Catholic (2 punts, 47-yard average with long of 53 yards), NOAH DETILLIER, Lutcher (Was 6 of 6 on extra points, punted once for 45 yards).