Jones makes spe­cial play for Fal­cons


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY BRAN­DON PARKER bran­don.parker@wash­

With 20 sec­onds re­main­ing in Satur­day’s game at McNa­mara and both side­lines en­ter­tain­ing the idea of over­time, Good Coun­sel Coach Bob Mil­loy scanned the field as the Fal­cons lined up for punt cov­er­age be­fore com­ing to an alarm­ing real­iza­tion.

“Kean­dre [Jones] wasn’t out there,” the long­time Fal­cons coach said. “At that point, you need your horses on the field, and he’s our main horse, so that’s why I called time out.”

Mil­loy didn’t have to search long for the se­nior line­backer. Tem­po­rar­ily re­moved from spe­cial teams af­ter strain­ing his shoul­der the pre­vi­ous week, Jones rel­ished the idea of re­join­ing his fa­vorite phase of the game. And with the No. 13 Fal­cons in need of a big play, the All-Met de­liv­ered, block­ing a punt that was re­cov­ered by Tre­mayne Stott for the de­ci­sive score in Good Coun­sel’s 27-21 road vic­tory in Forestville.

“I’m al­ways ready, wher­ever they need me,” said Jones, who also had a sack. “They wanted to rest me, and most peo­ple take off on spe­cial teams, but I love spe­cial teams. It’s a big part of the game, and you saw that with how it all played out.”

At that point, McNa­mara (3-4, 1-3 Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) was also miss­ing All­Met se­nior Ra­mar Wil­liams. A blow to the quar­ter­back’s right shoul­der had rel­e­gated Wil­liams to the side­line, where he help­lessly paced as his team’s 14-point half­time lead with­ered away.

Fol­low­ing a Keith Sher­ald Jr. in­ter­cep­tion, Wil­liams again took the field to sal­vage his team’s chances. He would last only two throws be­fore trudg­ing back to the side­line, ham­pered by a col­lar­bone in­jury that could threaten his sea­son.

With Wil­liams, the Mus­tangs con­trolled the tempo. Fu­eled by his dual-threat abil­ity, McNa­mara scored on its first two pos­ses­sions to jump out to a 14-0 lead. Though Wil­liams (177 to­tal yards, one touch­down) went down on the en­su­ing se­ries, the Mus­tangs’ de­fense main­tained the mo­men­tum with two in­ter­cep­tions, the first of which was re­turned 69 yards by Ja­mar Wat­son to push the lead to 21-7.

“If [Wil­liams] doesn’t get hurt, I don’t know how our team would have done,” Mil­loy said. “He’s such a dy­namic player, and we knew com­ing in he could give us trou­ble.”

As McNa­mara sorted out its of­fense un­der sopho­more quar­ter­back Stan Askew, the Fal­cons (5-2, 3-1) made their move. Jonathan Wanat and Mo­hamed Ibrahim rushed for touch­downs of one and 43 yards to tie the score, while the de­fense held McNa­mara to just three first downs in the sec­ond half, set­ting up Jones’s game-sav­ing block re­cov­ered by Stott.

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