Cam Jones is one of the most explosive football players in the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
He is a threat to score in a number of ways from almost anywhere on the field.
But Wilson coach Doug Dahms doesn’t want to hamper Jones’ explosiveness by giving the 5-10, 175-pounder too heavy of a workload.
“We’d lose his explosiveness on returns and he’s going to suffer from it,” Dahms said. “We want to get him 15 to 18 touches a game whether it’s catching the ball, running the ball or returns.”
Jones scored four touchdowns Friday night on just seven touches to help Wilson defeat Reading High 48-6 in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 game, the first matchup of the two Berks County schools in 10 years.
Jones scored on runs of 12 and 7 yards, then reached the end zone on a pair of electrifying punt returns — all in the second quarter. It was part of a 35-point eruption in the quarter that helped Wilson (1-0, 3-1) turn back an early challenge from Reading High (0-1, 2-2).
Jones carried five times for 38 yards and returned punts 58 and 62 yards for touchdowns to help the Bulldogs to their third straight win.
Jones carried on three of four plays in Wilson’s first scoring drive early in the second quarter. But his touches usually are spread throughout the game.
“It depends on the game plan and what Coach Dahms sees,” Jones said. “Our linemen were good flowing to the linebackers. The linemen made the holes and I had the vision to cut through.”
Jones used his vision to elude tacklers and find the wall on two straight punt returns in the second quarter.
“The return guys know if Cam fields the ball we’ve got a real good shot,” Dahms said. “They do a great job setting up the wall. If he can get to it … “
Wilson also scored in the second quarter when Makih Cooper recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
Cleveland Harding scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half for Wilson.
Reading got on the board in the final minute on a 5-yard run by quarterback Amier Burdine that capped a 96-yard drive.
The Red Knights, who had won two straight, opened the game with a 12-play drive that reached the Wilson 12. Burdine and Ruben Rodriguez hooked up for four completions on the initial drive, including one for 48 yards.
Rodriguez finished with eight caches for 122 yards.
But in between Reading’s two big drives, the Wilson defense harassed Burdine and forced three turnovers.
“We had to adjust to the speed,” Dahms said. “Give Rodriguez his due, he’s a good football player. We adjusted and got a little more pressure on him.”
Source: Berkshire mont