CJ Jones’ huge night helps Buchanan roll over Clovis North
Buchanan finishes 7-3 overall and 4-1 in league, its only league loss to Central, the No. 1 seed in D-I playoffs. Clovis North draws the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Clovis West. while Buchanan was awarded the No. 2 seed.
It’s likely that senior defensive back CJ Jones had his best game in his Buchanan career on Friday night. Not only did the Bears romp over Clovis North 45-21, but Jones scored three touchdowns–none coming on the offensive side of the ball.
After a Kendall Milton 72-yard touchdown rush put Buchanan up 7-0 after their first offensive play, Jones made his presence felt on the ensuing Clovis North possession taking a tipped pass 60-yards for a pick six.
Jones said the message was clear from the Buchanan coaches tonight: “Pursue and don’t let off the pedal.”
After another defensive stop gave the Bears the ball back, Kendall Milton scored again–this time a 42-yard sweep around the right side to give Buchanan a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Milton finished with 7 carries for 148 yards (21 YPC) and two TDs.
Then, Jones shined again in what was probably his best play of the night. With Buchanan leading 24-7, Jones jumped a short hitch route and then raced 57 yards for his second score.
“During the week we were prepping,” Jones explained. “That was one route where my defensive coordinator told me that I had to jump. He told me that it was my route…and I took that route to the house.”
Buchanan (7-3 overall, 4-1 in TRAC play) would score once more before halftime when Ian Kirby found Brandon Hernandez for a 6-yard TD in the back corner of the end zone. Kirby finished 11-15 for 147 yards and a TD.
Leading 38-7, Jones would make one more play right out of halftime. Buchanan received the second half kick off and Jones took it to the house for his third and final touchdown of the night.
Quarterback Trent Luera led Clovis North (6-4 overall, 1-4 in TRAC) on their first touchdown drive and capped it was a 23-yard throwback screen to Devon McCoy to cut the Buchanan lead to 24-7. Roman Rodriguez would add two late touchdown runs to cut the deficit further.