JONES — The Jones Longhorns defeated the Cushing Tigers 33-14 to advance to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Friday.
The Longhorns took advantage of one big offensive play and two Cushing mistakes on their way to a 20-0, halftime lead.
Terik Leniger took the first snap of the game 62 yards for a touchdown, giving Jones a 7-0 advantage after the first 17 seconds. The Longhorns finished the game with 107 rushing yards on 36 carries.
After its first score, Jones recovered an onside-kick off the foot of Keane Cox at the Cushing 46 yard-line. Five plays later, quarterback Clayton Sims scored on a one-yard sneak, giving the Longhorns a 14-0, first quarter lead.
Cushing tried to bounce back, but with 57 seconds remaining in the second quarter, quarterback Ian Jones fumbled at the Tigers' 37 yard-line, the team's first critical mistake of the game. Jones defensive back Cody Yelton scooped up the loose ball and returned it 63 yards for the team's third score of the half. Cushing turned the ball over four times total, none bigger than Ian Jones' first fumble.
“Good things are going to happen to you,” Jones head coach Dave Martin said after the game. “And plays that didn't go our way during the first part of the season are going our way now because we're playing hard.”