The Jones Longhorns held on to a 21-19 halftime lead and handed the Tuttle Tigers their first district loss at Tim Wallace Stadium on Friday in Jones.
Tuttle set the tempo early.
After forcing Jones to punt on their first possession, running back Jesse Gregory took Tuttle's first offensive snap 45 yards for a touchdown. After a blocked PAT, the Tigers commanded an early 6-0 lead.
Jones responded with an 80-yard scoring drive capped by a one-yard Clayton Simms quarterback sneak. Simms finished with 42 yards on 12 carries.
The Tigers answered. After the two teams exchanged punts, quarterback Jett Jobe connected with Gregory for a 70-yard touchdown pass. Tuttle failed on the two-point conversion, but re-gained the lead 12-7.
Jones seemed to lose momentum after Tuttle's second scoring drive. However, after a Tuttle third-down facemask penalty, Ryan Mansell scored on a 52-yard touchdown run to give Jones a 14-12 advantage.
Simms went to work through the air on the following drive. He connected on two long pass plays, including a 47-yard touchdown to Levi Fox to cap the team's second 80-yard drive, and Jones led 21-12.
Tuttle followed with its third scoring drive. Jobe connected on two pass plays before Gregory rushed for an 18-yard touchdown, his third score of the game, cutting Jones' lead to 21-19.
The two teams played the second half to a stalemate. However, after 28 minutes of penalties, turnovers and stuffed runs, Tuttle received the ball with 2:03 remaining and a chance to win.
Tuttle reached Jones' 27-yard line, but after a long sack, was forced into a long, game-winning field goal attempt. Kicker Ty Stonebraker missed from 50 yards out and Jones had its third District 3A-1 win.
“This was huge,” Jones coach Dave Martin said after the win. We had a slow start to the season and we talked to our kids about just worrying about district. Right now we're in that battle and we are going to keep going after it next week.”
Jones moves to 4-4 with the win and 3-1 in District 3A-1. The Longhorns will host Little Axe on Nov. 1. Tuttle moves to 6-2 and 3-1 in District 3A-1. The Tigers look to bounce back at Mount St. Mary on Nov. 1.