Last Friday against Enterprise, Leon Jones and Eric Robinson put it all together and showcased the dynamic North Forrest offense many expected coming into this season. More importantly, the Eagles picked up their second win of the year, beating the Bulldogs, 40-20.
From his quarterback spot, Jones threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns. Robinson caught all four of those scores and had 214 of the team’s 222 yards through the air. On the ground, Jones ran for 158 yards and two more touchdowns, while Robinson added 102 yards on nine carries.
As the numbers reflect, the two players, our Week 5 Sports601 Hattiesburg Co-Players of the Week, compliment each other quite well.
“He’s very talented,” Jones said of Robinson. “He’s open almost every play. If he’s not open, it amazes me. I’ll be shocked.”
Added Robinson, “He [Jones] has got the vision. He’s fast and can get the ball to you when you need it.”
North Forrest offensive coordinator Otto Crawford knew early on the Eagles had two elite, offensive weapons in Robinson and Rhyen Brisco. Now with their first-year starter at quarterback, Jones, gaining more and more confidence, Crawford is thinking the team has three players who fit that bill.
“As his coach, I always stay on him [Jones],” said Crawford. “It’s not to tear him down, it’s always to lift him up and tell him the things he can do. I wouldn’t dare put him in a situation to do things he’s not capable of doing. I tell him all the time, he’s an elite player in this area. He just has to go out there every week and prove it.”
North Forrest improved to 2-3 with the victory over Enterprise and extended their win streak to two games after starting 0-3. They believe they have turned a major corner in the last few weeks.
“I feel like each week we’re making progress and executing plays throughout each week,” said Jones. “From week one, we have improved in so many ways on defense and offense. That’s a big help. We’re starting to come together as a team and as one.”
The Eagles will be back in action and looking for win No. 3 this Friday at Heidelberg.