Woodlawn junior Jeffrey Jones didn’t just have a big game Thursday night. The running back tied a state record and came close to another.
Jones tied the state single-game record for most touchdowns with nine, all of them rushing, in a 72-52 season-finale win against Hermitage. The feat came on a night when Jones ran the ball 41 times for 487 yards, the yardage ranking second all-time in the Arkansas Activities Association to John Bunch’s 608 yards for Elkins against Winslow on Oct. 25, 1974.
“Hermitage kept scoring, so we kept scoring,” Woodlawn coach Zack Branch said, explaining the offensive production.
Jones’ number of carries Thursday is about double his per-game average, according to Branch. In nine games this season, Jones rushed for 1,499 yards.
As a team, the Bears (3-6, 2-5 in 8-2A) totaled 723 yards, all on 83 carries. The yardage is second-most all time in the AAA for rushing by a team (West Memphis rushed for 878 against Russellville on Nov. 11, 2000), and was a yard shy of seventh all-time for total offense (the West Memphis game leads that category as well).
Woodlawn, which only attempted passes on two-point conversions Thursday, wasn’t the only offensive juggernaut Thursday. Earle defeated Manila 86-0 on the road.
But for all the Bears’ efforts, it wasn’t enough to send them to the 2A state playoffs. They went into the game two games behind Parkers Chapel for the fifth and final playoff spot from the 8-2A Conference.
Still, Jones’ big night means something.
“I told Jeffrey, that’s one thing they can’t take away from you,” Branch said. “You tied a state record and you finished second all-time in (single-game) rushing yards.”