John Jones is only 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
So the Bullard High cornerback needed every bit of his leaping ability to make the game-changing play Friday night against Clovis West.
Jones' interception at the Golden Eagles' 15-yard line with 1:51 left in the game set the stage for the deciding score as the second-ranked Knights pulled out a 28-21 victory over No. 5 Clovis West at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
"The coaches let me know earlier they [the Eagles] were coming back to my side," said Jones, who is listed in the program as 5-7 but admits he is even shorter. "I was backpedaling and I just stopped my feet and made my jump. I got as high as I could. I probably should have cut left [after the interception]; I'd have had a touchdown."
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After taking over at the 12, Bullard turned to bruising 5-10, 210-pound running back Devan Mack for consecutive rushes that put the ball on the 3. Jordan Jones then picked up a crucial first down, which kept the clock running, with a 2-yard run to the 1. Jordan Jones finished the job with a 1-yard plunge with 27 seconds remaining.
"It was like a weight lifted off my chest," Jordan Jones said. "The offensive line got a great push, and the rest is history."
After Chris Kelly's 51-yard kickoff return to open the second half, Bullard went 46 yards, capped by Mack's 1-yard run, to go up 21-14.
Kendall Brock helped Clovis West retaliate in the third quarter with a 50-yard run that put the Eagles in scoring position. Braden Seibert took it the rest of the way with back-to-back 15-yard runs, the second of which tied the score with 3:06 left in the third.
Bullard (5-0) is 3-0 against its Clovis Unified rivals with a County/Metro Athletic Conference game yet to play against Clovis North.
"Clovis West is always a thorn in our side," Bullard linebacker/fullback Caleb Justice said. "Everyone stepped up when we had to."