The script for this story was preempted a year ago. Rashand Jones made sure the sequel was just as good, if not better.
For the second year in a row, North Forest High School warmed up for the playoffs by running roughshod through league play. The Bulldogs have won back-to-back district championships without a blemish on the record.
Jones and his teammates capped the 2016 title with a 36-0 victory over Worthing at Barnett Stadium. The North Forest senior quarterback accounted for 343 total yards and three touchdowns in the win as the Bulldogs finished the regular season 7-3 overall and 6-0 in District 11-4A.
“Rashand did this year what we knew he was capable of doing,” said North Forest head coach Mike Ferrell. “With over 1,700 yards passing and more than 1,100 yards rushing, he’s a 2,900-yard guy this season.
“Last year he won the starting quarterback job coming out of camp and he broke his ankle in the first game of the season,” Ferrell said. “He had almost 225 yards in the first half against Dulles and he went down with the injury on the third play of the second half. His replacement came in and ended up being the MVP of the district.”
Jones got the scoring started against Worthing at the end of a 67-yard drive when he crossed the goal line from seven yards out with three minutes, eight seconds left in the first quarter. He finished with 84 yards on nine carries and a TD.
The Bulldogs tallied again with 11:32 remaining in the second quarter as Jones connected with freshman receiver Demond Demas on a 56-yard touchdown pass. A Damond Wiggins two-yard scoring run later in the quarter enabled North Forest to take a 21-0 advantage into intermission.
“We were a little flat at first so we had to come out faster, harder and stronger than before,” Jones said. “At first, the expectations for this group weren’t that high. When district came around we picked it up and went undefeated.”
After opening the season with losses to Stafford, Bridge City and La Marque, North Forest has outscored the remaining opposition 368 to 24. The last time North Forest lost a district game was to Waltrip in 2014. Seventeen consecutive district wins have ensued.
North Forest will either draw West Columbia or Sealy in the first round of the playoffs this week.
“We’re in a great frame of mind right now,” Jones said. “We can go far in the playoffs with this team.”
An eight-yard TD run by Antonio Davis and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Demas closed out the scoring against playoff-bound Worthing. Jones completed 11-of-18 passes for 259 yards and one interception with two TD passes.
“Rashand has accounted for 36 touchdowns this season,” Ferrell said. “He brings in charisma and leadership. He’s a special player with a great demeanor and fun to coach.
“He’s like trying to pick up mercury,” Ferrell said. “Worthing did a great job of corralling him rushing-wise to be honest.
“I like the way we’re playing right now. We’re on a pretty good run and I like our chances in the playoffs,” Ferrell said.
Birth date – Nov. 18, 1998
Birth sign – Scorpio
Favorite subject in school – Math
Favorite NFL player – Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Possible college major – Sports medicine
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