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Jones falls to unbeaten Warriors, 35-34

By John Martin

The Jones Longhorns’ journey to the OSSAA Class 2A championship playoffs was blocked once again Friday night in an all too familiar situation at Yukon as the Washington Warriors outlasted Clayton Creasey and Co. for the sixth time in the past four years.
This time, it was even more heartbreaking than the final score of 35-34 would indicate.
The red-hot Longhorns jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first quarter of action, saw the Warriors put 28 straight points on the scoreboard, but had one more chance with 3:42 left in the contest and Washington leading by a point.
But that golden opportunity turned to disaster when the fourth down attempt failed and Washington coasted to a repeat trip to the State Finals.
Jones fans were certainly not surprised when the game’s first touchdown came from the talented right arm of Creasey who connected with one of his many favorite targets Brayden Scott for a 40-yard tally.

Jones quarterback Clayton Creasey looks to pass against Washington in a Class 2A State Semifinal at Yukon High School. (PHOTO BY RYAN HORTON)

Luke Debusk, Nick Norris, Bryce King and their buddies buckled down and gave Creasey the ball twice more in the first period and the Senior Slinger took advantage, leading the squad methodically down the field where senior Isaiah Sawyer barged in for touchdowns from one and then two yards out.
Unfortunately, the final outcome of the game resulted from the Longhorns’ failure to convert any two-point conversion attempts following the three touchdowns.
Washington then gained the upper hand when Iowa State bound quarterback Major Cantrell cranked up his offensive arsenal and the Warriors answered with a 48 yard run by Howard Hudson, a one-yard plunge by Kade Norman, a back-breaking 49-yard interception return by Max Wilson and finally a 17 run by Cantrell.
The Warriors converted the PAT after each touchdown for a 28-18 advantage.
Debusk came up with a big stop to force a punt midway through the third period and Creasey responded with a 14-yard TD toss to Mason Templeton and then the speedy Creasey zipped into the end zone for the two-pointer making it 28-26.
Hudson got the Warrior’s final TD early in the fourth quarter and the trusty toe of Mayson Thomas earned the fifth straight PAT and the lead swelled to 35-26.
But Jones answered with Sawyer picking up his third TD and Creasey found Chace Pitts in the end zone for the two-pointer. The Longhorn D had one more stop left in them and got the ball back, but it was not to be.

The Lady Longhorns cheer on Jones at the state semifinal game. (PHOTO BY RYAN HORTON)

Now the Warriors will face Millwood in the championship game in a repeat of the 2023 title game which Washington won, 17-14.
CREASEY ENDED his two-year reign as the Longhorn signal caller in typical fashion, completing 16 of 24 with 2 touchdowns and adding another 84 yards rushing. Sawyer, who came on strong in the pre-season to nail down the running back slot, kept his TD streak alive with three.



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