They call him "Da-Da" (pronounced Day-Day). Maybe they should start referring to him as "daylight."
Phoenix Mountain Pointe running back Davon Jones only touched the ball 10 times Friday night, but the senior scored five times anyway -- four on the ground and another through the air -- to lead the Pride to a 49-7 victory over Gilbert Perry.
PHOTO SLIDESHOW: See more images from Mountain Pointe's clash with Perry The win sets up a showdown next week between the unbeaten Pride (9-0 overall, 5-0 East Valley Region) and 9-0 Tempe Marcos de Niza for bragging rights, the East Valley Region title, and an unbeaten record heading into the 2009 state playoffs.
Jones' first touchdown -- a 62-yard run -- ended up being the longest play from scrimmage, pacing him to an eight-carry, 125-yard performance on the ground. Jones also caught two passes for 45 yards -- the second a 20-yard catch-and-run from backup quarterback Izzy Marshall near the end of the third to only pad the lead for the Pride.
Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan, who celebrated a birthday Friday as well, gave Jones credit for finding the end zone while still cautioning that the win was a team effort.
"Well, he only scored because he's the one who was getting the ball. If it had been somebody else, they'd have scored," "I'm serious. He's a great player, but we've got a lot of guys doing a lot of blocking. We're got some speed, some good kids, but we've got a complete team. He scored, but he scored because those are the plays that were open. But (Jones) is a sensational player."
Jones and fellow Mountain Pointe tailback De'Andre Currie both broke 100 yards yet again, with Currie finishing with 11 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown. On the season, Currie has 1,294 yards rushing, while Jones isn't far behind with 1,240 yards on the ground. The duo has combined for 42 touchdowns on the season
Jones also dismissed his 10-for-5 performance, thanking the men in the trenches up front for paving the way.
"They gave me the ball on each play, and I just ran the ball," Jones said. "I thank the line for giving me everything, for giving me the opportunity to go where the coach told me to go."
Field position troubled Perry (5-4, 2-3) all night, as the Pumas failed on multiple fourth-down conversions in their own territory and were also bit by kickoff strategy-turned wrong. Both of Perry's high and short kickoff attempts on the night -- one to start the third quarter, the other after the Puma's lone touchdown -- were corralled by Mountain Pointe fullback/defensive end Tyrone Boykin. Boykin took the second kick at the Pride's own 40, and rumbled down the sideline to the Perry 10. A holding penalty on the first play set Mountain Pointe back, but Marshall's touchdown pass to Jones followed on the next play.
Perry quarterback Chase Richardson was the Pumas' most dynamic player, but Richardson was still held to 47 yards rushing on 14 carries, and completed 6 of 13 passes for 22 yards.
Mountain Pointe led 7-0 after the first, 28-0 at halftime, and 35-0 less than two minutes into the third quarter before Perry scored its only touchdown -- a 1-yard bootleg by Richardson.
Pride fullback Isaac Kartz scored from 34 yards out to cap the scoring with 7:19 to play. Kartz had two carries for 37 yards.
Perry's Cedric Simmons had 10 carries for 37 yards, while Mountain Pointe's Zach Deitchman carried the ball 5 times for 33 yards.
Mountain Pointe tight end Ben DeMarr also caught two passes for 25 yards.
The game marked senior night for the Pride, with graduating football players and members of the band, spirit line and athletic training unit honored before the game and at halftime. The game likely still won't be the Pride's final home game, however. A win next week over Marcos will likely give the Pride home-field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs. Beyond round two, state tournament games are held at neutral sites.
"This is the biggest game of the year. All of these games are just setting us up for this. There's a lot at stake," Jones said.
Perry 0 0 7 0 7
MP 14 14 14 7 49
1st downs 10 14
Rushes-yards 42-107 66-294
Passing yards 31 65
Comp-Att-Int 7-14-0 4-9-1
Fumbles-lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 1-10 6-45
Vitals: Phoenix Mountain Pointe defeated Gilbert Perry, 49-7, on Senior night at Karl Kiefer Stadium. With the win, Mountain Pointe improved to 9-0 and will face 9-0 Tempe Marcos de Niza next week for the East Valley Region title.
Highlight: Mountain Pointe's Davon Jones got the scoring going in style, scoring from 62-yards out -- the game's longest play from scrimmage -- to put Mountain Pointe up 7-0 with 5:32 to play in the first.
Player of the game: Mountain Pointe's Davon Jones ran for 125 yards and four touchdowns while garnering 44 yards receiving with one touchdown.
Key stat: Davon Jones scored five times on 10 touches (eight carries for four scores; two receptions for one score).
MP - Jones 62 run (Mora kick)
MP - Jones 27 run (Mora kick)
MP - Jones 6 run (Mora kick)
MP - Currie 11 run (Mora kick)
MP - Jones 3 run (Mora kick)
P - Richardson 1 run (Boyd kick)
MP - Jones 20 pass from Marshall (Mora kick)
MP - Kartz 34 run (Mora kick)