OAK HILL, W.Va. -- It was one of those career-defining moves, the kind that takes on an extra life as the years pass.
For Oak Hill's Jalen Jones, however, his double-spin move that resulted in a 47-yard touchdown run in the Red Devils' eventual 40-0 win over Nicholas County on Sept. 13, the move, on sheer difficulty, should stand the test of time.
On Oak Hill's first offensive series, Jones took a handoff from quarterback Deon Marion. The cat-quick Jones, seeing no hole, bounced out to his left. With a defender over-pursuing, he did a 360-degree spin to elude the would-be tackler. He continued to the outside, and once again, used a complete spin to fake out another defender. From that point, he went untouched to the end zone.
A double spin before he had crossed the line of scrimmage. As opponents are finding, keeping up with Jones is becoming a tough task.
"I knew the first spin was going to work, because the defender was over-pursuing," Jones said. "The second one, I don't know where that came from, but it got me free, so I took it."
For jaw-dropping disbelief, it may have been the play of the year in high school football. It certainly was Oak Hill's top play, in a season that has seen Jones make a lot of moves.
As for Jones, he simply stopped in the end zone, flipped the ball to the official and was mobbed on the sideline by teammates. Another day at the office, and he basically shrugged it off as no big deal.
"Coach (Eddie Souk Jr.) makes me work on that stuff every week in practice," Jones said. "Spin moves, stiff arms, all kind of stuff I can use in games."
The play, and the game in general, showed that Jones is as versatile a player as any in the state.
In the win, Jones carried the ball 11 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown. He kicked four extra points, had two punts downed inside the 5-yard line and also consistently kicked off inside the 10-yard line.
On the season Jones has rushed for 830 yards on just 68 carries (11.9 yards per carry) with 12 touchdowns. He has six punt returns for 195 yards and a touchdown, four kick returns for 80 yards and is 18 of 22 on extra points and has a pair of 2-point conversions. He has 100 points through four games.
More important, Class AAA Oak Hill, up from Class AA for the first time in over a decade, is off to a 3-1 start, and is ranked No. 12 in the state. The lone loss was to No. 4 Elkins in the season opener.
Jones success has directly mirrored that of the Red Devils. Souk's team has rushed for 1,687 yards (421.8 yards per game) and is averaging 469.6 yards of offense per game, which includes wins over Webster County and Princeton as well as Nicholas County.
Souk and Jones know where the credit goes: To the offensive line, led by all-stater Brandon Williams.