|Spring-Ford running back Yousef Lundi (39) breaks away from the Perkiomen Valley defense on a long touchdown run during Friday night's PAC-10 football game. (Photo by Tom Kelly III)|
By Don Seeley
GRATERFORD — Spring-Ford running back Jarred Jones missed six weeks of the season with a broken wrist. Perkiomen Valley head coach Scott Reed wished the he would’ve missed seven.
Jones returned to the football field Friday night for the Rams’ showdown with Pioneer Athletic Conference rival Perkiomen Valley, and he sure wasn’t out of step or rhythm ... breaking the Vikings’ backs and their collective hearts with a 90-yard kickoff return for one touchdown and an 80-yard kickoff return that set up another to take the life out of a couple of PV comebacks and led Spring-Ford to a 42-28 win.
As dominating as the Rams were with a 28-7 lead at the break to back it up, the Vikings got back into contention with a touchdown on their first possession of the second half. On the ensuing kickoff, Jones outran everyone for the 90-yarder. Then, after the hosts put up a pair of unanswered scores to get within 35-28 with 8:13 remaining, Jones was off and running again with the ensuing kickoff, taking it down to PV’s five-yard line, where teammate Yousef Lundi took it in two snaps later for what would prove to be the final score of the evening.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Jones, just a junior, also accounted for 208 of his team’s season-high 373 yards rushing as the Rams (7-1, 9-1 overall) clinched a spot in next week’s opening round of the District 1-Class AAAA playoffs and, unfortunately, ended the Vikings’ bid to join them in the postseason.(For complete story, click here...)