Great Scot! The Highland Park Scots do it again
John Stephen Jones left his legacy on the house his grandfather built.
Jones, the grandson of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, threw for a record 564 yards and four touchdowns —including the game-winning touchdown pass with 34 seconds remaining — to lift Highland Park to a 53-49 come-from-behind victory over Manvel and back-to-back UIL Class 5A Division I state championships, this time in front of 25,975 fans at AT&T Stadium.
“I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world,” said Jones, the game’s Offensive MVP. “I’m so proud to be a part of this. I can’t say enough of how proud I am of this team. They fought to the very end and never gave up. This team is unbelievable.”
Manvel (15-1) took a 49-39 lead after Kam Scott returned the kickoff for a state-record 97 yards for a touchdown with 6:27 remaining.
Jones accounted for the game’s final 14 points, starting with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left that brought Highland Park (15-1) to within three points at 49-46.
The Scots recovered the onside kick and marched down field in nine plays, and on second-and-15, Jones found Cade Saustad in the end zone that gave Highland Park its first and only lead of the game.
Saustad had a team-high 210 receiving yards on 11 catches and three touchdowns.
Manvel came up a yard short from winning the game on the final play, when quarterback Kason Martin threw a 30-yard pass to Jalen Preston, who was tackled at the 1. Martin threw for 483 yards and five touchdowns, while Preston hauled in a UIL state record 220 yards on just five catches and three touchdowns.
Highland Park outscored Manvel 28-14 in the fourth quarter and scored 43 second-half points. The Scots had 646 total yards, while Manvel countered with 640 yards.
Manvel built a 21-7 first-half lead and Jones had to overcome a Manvel defense that had a state record eight sacks, including seven in the first half alone.