Blanchard brought a Doomsday Defense to Putnam City Stadium on Saturday.
The Lions pounded Jones, 35-7, to advance to a state championship football game for the first time since 1979, and most of the credit goes to their dominating defense.
Blanchard's front seven defenders hit, hurried and harassed Jones quarterback David Cornwell all afternoon, sacking the 6-5, 215-pound prospect that college scouts are drooling over seven times.
“We just played hard,” Blanchard defensive end Gage Wimer said. “We wanted to show them that the last game we had against them wasn't a fluke. We just got after it.”
Blanchard (12-1) had defeated Jones, 28-25, in a thriller in October, but Saturday's rematch in the Class 3A semifinals was one-sided from the start.
“Just a great job up front,” Blanchard coach Jeff Craig said of his defense, which held the Longhorns to only 77 yards of total offense.
“We mixed in a few other blitzes this week to try and get pressure on (Cornwell). You got to get to him. If you don't, he will smoke you.”
In the schools' regular-season clash in October, Jones' talented wide receiver, Randal Case, caught nine passes for 261 yards. On Saturday, Case had just four receptions for 37 yards.
“When a guy torches for almost 300 yards passing, it's a point of emphasis for the next game,” Craig said. “We paid attention to him.”
The Lions wanted a better pass rush on Cornwell, so this time around they included two of their best athletes in blitz packages.
In their nickel defenses, the Lions moved Braden Stringer from the secondary to linebacker and Zach Hill from linebacker to defensive end.
“Those guys are athletic guys that can run,” Craig said. “Stringer is hard to block inside and Zach is hard to block off the edge.
“We were able to defeat some one-on-one blocks with some athletic guys, and our secondary did a tremendous job of locking them down.”
Jones coach Dave Martin said it was not Blanchard's defensive schemes, but its defensive personnel that doomed the Longhorns
“We've seen everything but the kitchen sink this year,” Martin said. “When you throw the ball around like what we do, you are going to see all the innovations.
“They just do a great job up front. It's Johnnys and Joes. It's not so much X's and O's. We've see a ton of blitz packages. They've just got some really good kids.”