In Greenbrier's 21-19 come-from-behind victory over Evans last weekend, Wolfpack starting tailback Freddie Jones was all over the field.
The senior carried the ball eight times for 84 yards - in the first quarter. He passed the century mark with a 13-yard run for a first down midway through the second quarter. He finished with 183 rushing yards including a 5-yard touchdown run and 112 yards more on five receptions.
Despite touching the ball 34 times, he swears he wasn't exhausted.
"I couldn't get tired. This is the last time in my whole life I'll get to play Evans," he said.
Facing Lakeside the previous weekend, Jones rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns but had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with leg cramps. He made sure during Friday's game against Evans that that wouldn't happen again.
"I was drinking salt water to keep from cramping up. It's worked the last two games," he said.
With four rushing touchdowns this season, the senior has averaged 140 yards per game in the Wolfpack's two wins this year. Greenbrier coach Scott Chadwick, who led the two previous schools at which he coached to state championships, said Jones' performance Friday night against Evans was a special one.
"I've got two former tailbacks that I've coached that are playing Division 1 ball in the ACC. None of them had a finer night than Freddie did tonight," Chadwick said.
Jones credited past Greenbrier stars for teaching him the tools of the running-back trade. The Wolfpack history is full of successful tailbacks, including J.C. Jennings and Reggie Rice.
"I learned how to be a power back from those two," Jones said. "The other one, Donald Davis, he taught me the moves."
Those moves and his speed could result in a trip to the next level. Jones said Liberty University and Charleston Southern have already expressed interest.
Just in case college coaches need any more persuading, Jones said his best performance, and an even bigger win than Friday's victory over Evans, is yet to come: "We're going to shock the world in two weeks against Statesboro."
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