Jones makes special play for Falcons
WASHINGTON CATHOLIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOOTBALL
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.