When Washburn running back Jeff Jones stepped on to the turf field at the south Minneapolis high school, he would later play a big role in the Millers double overtime win over the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles in the Section 3AAAAA semifinals Saturday night. He ran for three touchdowns, scored on a 99 yard pass completion, an 89 yard yard kickoff return and threw the game winning touchdown pass deep in the end zone to Alex Reyes.
Jones, interviewed following Saturday's game said that they worked on the option play several times in practice. "I felt in my heart I had to make it," he said.
Jones got into football as an eight grander, playing for the Falcons in the Minneapolis Park Board league where he scored 68 touchdowns.
Millers head coach Giovan Jenkins recalled the first day Jones came to Washburn. "he's very special. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
He also sang the praises Jones being the top player in Minnesota. "He's our leader. The best in the state. He can do it all."
Jones said the key to his success is the Washburn offensive line that has created opportunities for big gains.
Jones, who has verbally committed to Minnesota mentioned about the possibility of playing for the Gophers. "They got to build the program brick by brick," he said.
Jenkins mentioned about Jones playing college football. "He's a young man who's going to make a college program very happy one day."
But first, Jones and the rest of the Washburn Millers have to play the Apple Valley Eagles for a state tournament berth on Friday, November 1 at 7 PM. Can the Millers head into their first state tournament since 2007?