MONDAY MORNING REWIND
Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let us know what you saw and heard.
Buford’s Seon Jones wasn’t sure what rushing for more than 300 yards Friday night against Lovett meant for him. But he knew what it meant for his offensive line.
“I’m going to take them out to do something,” he said after the Class AA No. 2-ranked Wolves defeated No. 7 Lovett 37-14. “I don’t know if I can buy them all a steak. Maybe a hamburger or something.”
Jones put on a dazzling display for a sell-out crowd at Conley-Oakley Field and a television audience tuning in for the “Channel 2 Sports Zone Game of the Week.” He piled up 313 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only 15 carries for a gaudy average of 20.8 yards per carry. And it could have been even more. He barely stepped out of bounds on two long runs, one near midfield that would have gone all the way and the other just inside the 10-yard line. And he did this while sharing carries with five other running backs, who combined 488 yards rushing for Buford.
So, surely, a senior and two-year starter at tailback for the three-time defending state champions who is capable of rushing for 300-plus yards has been showered with scholarship offers.
“No, sir,” Jones told me afterward. “No offers.”
“I am hearing from some schools,” he said. “Ohio, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, those type of schools.”
Jones (5-9, 178) attended the Tennessee game on Saturday as an unofficial visitor. But mainly he’s just been getting mail from colleges. He hopes to parlay a big senior season into something more tangible than that.
In the meantime, Jones is keeping his focus on the Wolves’ hopes for a fourth consecutive state championship. By defeating Lovett, Buford (4-1) avenged its only loss of 2009. Now it hopes to get another crack at Carver-Columbus, which beat the Wolves 14-0 earlier this season.
“We want that even more,” he said of a rematch in the state playoffs.
Another Walker sees his legend grow in Johnson County
Zack Walker is no relation to Herschel Walker. But Johnson County’s 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver is creating a buzz not seen around Wrightsville since those heady times decades ago.
Walker, who had 1,172 yards receiving as a junior last season, is well on his way to going over 1,000 again this year. He finished with 11 catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns on Friday in a 31-24, double-overtime win over ECI. Two of Walker’s scores came during the extra time as Johnson County came from behind for a 31-24 victory. A 33-yard TD reception from quarterback D.J. Rozier on fourth-and-15 started the comeback.
Friday’s good work gives Walker 32 catches for 564 yards and 11 TDs this season for 5-0 Johnson County. Still, he doesn’t currently have any major college offers
Newton in the Hunt with productive running back
Newton running back Akeem Hunt had 133 yards rushing on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns — including the game-winner in overtime and the game-tying TD with three seconds left in regulation — in a stunning win over Newnan. Hunt’s other TD came on a 96-yard kickoff return in the third quarter as Newton moves to 4-0 for the first time since 1986.
Hunt (5-11, 170) is a relative Johnny-come-lately as a college prospect. But he does have several offers, including Auburn, Minnesota, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. He rushed for 679 yards as a junior.
Auburn’s Cam Newton laughs off Heisman talk
Believe it or not, Westlake High graduate Cam Newton is starting to field Heisman Trophy questions at Auburn.
“Oh, my goodness,” he told reporters who asked him Sunday if he’d thought about the Heisman. “No. I’m just going to continue to do my job. I’m not going to think about that right now because I think that would be selfish of me.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback has quickly developed into a one-man offensive show for the Tigers. In a win over South Carolina this past weekend, Newton accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing), 176 yards rushing and 158 yards passing.
His Atlanta counterpart in the game, quarterback Connor Shaw, was not as prosperous. The true freshman out of Flowery Branch relieved a dazed Stephen Garcia late in the fourth quarter and completed four of eight passes but also threw two interceptions.
Also: The Tigers held Marcus Lattimore to 33 yards on 14 carries. Meanwhile, Auburn’s ballyhoosed freshman running back Michael Dyer had his first 100-yard game (23-100). . . . Warner Robins DT Jeff Whitaker had a tackle and a pass breakup for the Tigers. . . . Georgia Tech freshman B.J. Bostic had 51 yards rushing and 35 yards on kick returns against N.C. State. Fellow frosh Isaiah Johnson had seven tackle and a pass breakup from his starting safety postition. . . .
Sandy Creek grad Rajion Neal had four carries for 20 yards for Tennessee. . . . Da’Rick Rogers had two catches for 21 yards and one rush for minus-8 yards for the Vols. . . . Gainesville’s T.J. Jones had one catch for 21 yards for Notre Dame. . . . Cornerback Nickell Robey, who switched from Georgia to Southern Cal shortly before national signing day, had a pick-six for the Trojans Saturday.