The longest play of Elijah Jones' career came in his final game. And it came with the simplest of instructions.
"Coach said go down the field and get the ball. So I went down and got the ball,'' the Lawrence wide receiver said of his 82-yard touchdown reception with 3:18 left in the first quarter of the Golden Tornadoes' 41-32 win over Huntington in Saturday's Long Island Class III championship game at Stony Brook.
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Jones, a strapping 6-2, 220-pounder, assumed a greater role in the Lawrence offense when Jordan Fredericks was shifted from wide receiver to running back after Plainedge snapped the Golden Tornadoes' 15-game win streak in Week 4.
Jones looks to be more muscle than speed, but according to coach Joe Martillotti, "He and Jordan are the fastest guys on the team.''
Jones showed that speed on all four of his receptions as Lawrence earned a second straight LI championship. He and record-setting quarterback Joe Capobianco teamed for completions covering 45, 82, 32 and 30 yards -- a total of 189 yards.
"Joe is a great friend. It's great for us to end our senior year,'' said Jones, who also excelled at linebacker with 6 1/2 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup.
The Golden Tornadoes became more of a running team after Fredericks (118 yards Saturday) moved into the backfield, but Jones and company liked what they saw when they came out for the first series of the game: Huntington was playing the receivers straight up. "If you play us in man coverage, we'll throw the ball,'' Martillotti said.
That's why Jones basically had only one man to beat on his biggest play. "We called screen action,'' Martillotti said. "Fake the screen and throw it out to Elijah. He had a step on his man and that's all he needed.''
Jones liked the fast pace of the game, especially the first half, when Lawrence took a 34-18 lead. "We knew it would be a shootout,'' he said before adding with a smile, "We love that.''