Notre Dame commit Tony Jones Jr. ran for two touchdowns to lead No.7 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to a 28-20 defeat of visiting Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) Friday.
Paramus Catholic (3-4) led 13-7 in the first half when Jones went to work. He finished off a drive just before the half, walking in from the 1-yard line. On the Ascenders’ first series of the second half, he broke a 59-yard run for a touchdown, picking up some nice blocks along the way. Quarterback Shea Patterson added insurance for IMG (7-0) in the third quarter with an 87-yard touchdown pass to Drake Davis.
Paramus Catholic did a good job of staying close with two interceptions of Patterson and strong running by Alijah Jackson, who ran for touchdowns of 21 and six yards. The Paladins trailed only 28-20 with just under six minutes left when Ahman Williams’ intercepted Patterson, but Joshua Kaindoh sacked Paladins quarterback Allan Walters on the Paladins’ final two series to end the threat.
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IMG scored on its first play from scrimmage in the first half, a halfback option pass by Jack Wegher to Emmanuel Greene for a 40-yard touchdown. The point-after by Ricky Aguayo put the Ascenders up 7-0.
Paramus Catholic answered on the next drive, however, grinding out an 16-play drive and ending it with a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down by Ahmad Thomas. A bad snap on the extra-point allowed IMG to retain the lead. Paramus took the lead at 13-6 when the Paladins intercepted Patterson and one play later, Jackson ran it in from the 21.
Shortly before the first half, IMG went ahead at 14-13 on Jones’ first touchdown. On the series, Jordan Anthony ran for 18 yards on the drive and Patterson connected with Greene for a 21-yard pass.
IMG’s Bryce Beard had kickoff returns of 75 and 42 yards.