At 5’6, Damion Jones-Moore has his share of doubters. He’s been told that he is too short, too small and not fast enough to play big-time college football. And he just continues to give a rude awakening to all the nay-sayers.
Jones-Moore ran through Woodland Hills (3-1, 1-1) defense for 133-yards, three touchdowns and led visiting Central Catholic (4-0, 2-0) to a lopsided 31-13 victory Sept. 23 at the Wolvarena.
|Damion Jones-Moore (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez/File)
“I worked hard this off season,” said Jones-Moore. “I worked on the little things. I want to be a great runner. A great route runner and a great blocker.”
On the game’s first play Central quarterback Perry Hills connected with fellow Maryland-bound teammate Anthony Nixon for a 70-yard touchdown. However, the play was called back because of a penalty.
Sleek and panther-like, Nixon knows all too well that, as Charles Darwin wrote, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals, because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” Nixon still managed to snag eight passes for 84 yards.
Hills scored from one-yard out to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter Jones-Moore’s 20 yard touchdown run and Mitchell Maczura’s 39-yard field goal gave the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA top ranked team a 17-0 halftime lead.
Woodland Hills has more players in the NFL (Jason Taylor, Steve Breaston, Lousaka Polite, Shawntae Spencer, Rob Gronkowski and Ryan Mundy) than any other high school in America.
Central Catholic, meanwhile, has quarterback Hills and receiver-defensive back Nixon, who each have committed to the University of Maryland. Offensive Linemen Logan Dietz, Jake Walther, running back Jones-Moore, and defensive back Juwan Huynes also have Division I offers.
In the third quarter the Wolverines got on the board first when quarterback Patrick Menifee hit Shakim Alonzo for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 17-7.
Then Jones-Moore took over in the fourth quarter. He sliced and diced through the Wolverines defensive for touchdown runs of 42 and 50 yards.
Fullback-Linebacker Mike Caprara, the only four-year starter in Woodland Hills history, caught a 7-yard pass from Menifee to end the games scoring at 31-13.
“Central is worthy of the No. 1 ranking in the state of Pennslyvania,” said Woodland Hills coach George Novak. “We made some mistakes, but we played them tough for three quarters.”
Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
People like to talk about who had the potential to be great but never achieved all they could have.
‘The Giant Killer’, Damion Jones-Moore, summed it up simply.
“If we don’t go undefeated and win the state championship this season will be a great disappointment.”