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Jones leads US Under-16 National Team to 63-0 win over Ontario

Brock Jones

By: Brady Keane

ARLINGTON, Texas – Brock Jones had three interceptions – two of which were returned for a touchdown – and a 36-yard punt return for a touchdown to lead the U.S. U-16 National Team to a 63-0 win over Ontario.

Three of Jones’ (Fresno, Calif.) four game-changing plays occurred on Ontario’s first three possessions of the game, setting the tone for a lopsided U.S. win in the final game of International Bowl VIII in Arlington, Texas.

With a performance like that, the choice for the U.S. MVP was an easy one. The Clovis North High School product was a shoe-in, and shared the praise with teammates after the game.

“It was just a blessed opportunity to be out here representing USA with great teammates,” Jones said. “It was a lot of fun. We communicated well and flew around.”

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Jones took all of the pressure off the U.S. offense, which needed some time to find its rhythm in the game. The offense had just two first downs prior to a four-play, 43-yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run from Kendall Milton.

Isaiah Bibb added a 1-yard touchdown run and Noah Kim punched one in from the 6-yard line to cap off the high scoring first half for the U.S., which went into halftime with a 42-0 lead.

As impressive as the 42-point half was, the U.S. wkept its foot on the pedal heading into the third quarter while spreading the ball around to a variety of weapons.

Collin Sullivan got into the end zone on a 5-yard pass from Jameson Silva, Milton added a nifty 49-yard touchdown run and Lee Smith IV scored on a 15-yard pass from Kim (Centreville, VA) to cap off the U.S. scoring onslaught.

“Before we really got going offensively, we were up by 14 points,” head coach Jason Mohns said. “That allowed us offensively to just settle in and do our thing. Our quarterbacks got settled in, so that was awesome – that was huge.”

Defensively, the U.S. was even more impressive than the shutout may have suggested. The team held Ontario to just 97 total yards in the game, which averaged to less than 2.4 yards per play.

The U.S. forced four turnovers and held Ontario to just two third down conversions in 10 attempts.

It was a tough loss for Ontario, as the team struggled to get any momentum going in the game. Huzaifah Rana was the leader offensively with 73 yards through the air, while James Hinsperger had a big game defensively with 9 tackles.

The win for the U.S. was a product of solid play in all three phases of the game, and Mohns said it was a dramatic improvement from last season when he coached in International Bowl VII.

“Given five or six practices to get that all together, I’m really proud of how our coaches and our players did,” Mohns said. “We worked really hard this week, the kids focused in practice. Anytime you can have the outcome we had, you have to be proud of it.”