Myrtle Beach's Jones shines in rainy game with Socastee

Myrtle Beach's J.J. Jones runs for a touchdown in the game at Socastee. Myrtle Beach won 37-0. Friday marked Jones' first outing as a Seahawk after transferring from Socastee. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Jon "J.J." Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at Socastee on Friday night, and that's exactly what he and his new teammates did.

Making his debut with No. 1-ranked Myrtle Beach (2-0) against his former team, Jones caught two touchdown passes in a 37-0 win over the Braves (0-2).

"It felt good to be able to play again," said Jones, who was declared eligible earlier this week following issues with his offseason transfer.

"All respect to Socastee. I still have a lot of friends over there, but this is my team now and I just wanted to do whatever I could to help us."

Jones did more than his share, catching a game-high six passes for 60 yards. He nearly scored a third TD on an 83-yard punt return that was nullified by penalty.

"I'm so proud of J.J. because he's such a good player but he's an even better kid," Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said. "It was a big night for him."

It was a sloppy night on both sides of the ball following a one-hour lightning delay and heavy rains during the game. Both teams committed three turnovers that were impacted by the conditions.

The big one came on the first play of the second quarter, with Socastee trailing 3-0 and attempting a potential game-tying field goal. A mishandled snap allowed Myrtle Beach's Jerome Parker to scoop and score from 60 yards out for a 10-0 lead.

It then became the Jones Show as the 6-foot-4 junior receiver caught a slip screen, bobbled the ball, reversed field and leaped over a defender at the goal line for a 40-yard score. He hauled in a 6-yard TD strike from quarterback Luke Doty to give the Seahawks a commanding 30-0 halftime advantage.

Myrtle Beach's Rayshad Feaster scored his second rushing touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on an otherwise messy affair.

"It was tough but I thought we played pretty well for the situation," Wilson said. "With the rain, the delay and the sloppy conditions, I thought we handled it pretty well."

Doty called it an early night, completing 12 of 19 passes for 134 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. One was a strike that was dropped into the hands of Socastee's Xavier Gore. The second was an underthrown target to Jones that was picked off in the end zone by Zaire Goodman.

Despite the shutout, Socastee found some traction with its option offense. The Braves rushed 41 times for 164 yards but still failed to find the end zone this season.

Socastee visits North Myrtle Beach next Friday, while the Seahawks visit Carolina Forest.

Janet Morgan is the editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald. Contact her at 843-488-7258 or at janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com.

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MamaJojo

Congratulations to the Seahawks. . . and thank you for covering our local football games. Unfortunately The Sun News doesn't think it's important enough to send a reporter. Their loss, your gain.

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