JONES — The Jones Longhorns have come a long way since the season opener. Just ask Perkins-Tryon.
While the Demons got the best of Jones in week one, the Longhorns rolled in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night, 48-12.
The biggest difference this time? Blocking, in the view of Jones quarterback David Cornwell.
“Man our line did a great job,” Cornwell said. “The first week I was under siege. This week they just held them back. In the second half I just had all day to throw, so I have to give credit to those guys.”
Jones improved to 9-2 and will play host to Heritage Hall in the second round next week.
Cornwell, a 6-foot-5 junior, transferred into the Jones district this season from Florida and is being sought after by many Division I schools. Friday night he threw for 111 yards and three touchdowns and complemented his receivers led by Randall Case who scored the first touchdown of the game on a 30-yard pass play.
When moving to Oklahoma, Cornwell could have started at much bigger schools but chose the Longhorns instead. The first-round playoff victory has helped justify Cornwell's decision.
“It was a great decision all the way,” he said. “The coaches are great guys. They let me come in and start working with receivers whenever I wanted. During practice I can take the receivers aside and really work on the offense and that is what I wanted. It's a great school. One hundred percent, it is the best decision I ever made.”
Defensively, Jones was dominant. Perkins-Tryon needed 46 rush attempts to gain 112 yards. The Demons (5-6) finally hit a 17-yard pass play for a final score at the end of the game.