Rider faces challenge in Burges

Brothers team up to lead Mustangs offense

Andy Newberry
Patrick Johnston/Times Record News
Rider cornerback Amani Colbert has three pass breakups and one interception during the past three games.

Patrick Johnston/Times Record News Rider cornerback Amani Colbert has three pass breakups and one interception during the past three games.

Hereford couldn't slow the Jones brothers from El Paso Burges a week ago as Alvin and Aaron Jones combined for 344 yards of offense and all five touchdowns.

The Rider defense will see if it can keep up with the Joneses tonight in the Class 4A Division II regional semifinal at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The Raiders (10-2) have won their last five games in this round. They're also trying to keep their perfect record — 4-0 — going against El Paso playoff teams.

Burges is also 10-2 and is playing in its first third-round game in school history.

Aaron Jones, an explosive running back and receiver, has received interest from Nevada, UCLA, Washington State, New Mexico and Boise State.

Alvin Jones is the quarterback and the Mustangs are 8-0 with him as a starter. He's also a basketball star and receiving college interest in both sports.

Alvin Jones has rushed for 767 yards and passed for 431, accounting for 14 touchdowns.

Aaron Jones has rushed for 1,272 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averages 10.3 per carry. He's also caught nine passes, scoring four times on those, and even completed two passes in two attempts.

Defensive back/wide receiver Keandre Bates is another speedy weapon for the Mustangs. He missed last week's game attending an international track meet as a triple jumper.

"They're multiple offensively and a little different from the other El Paso teams we've played," Rider coach Jim Garfield said. "They're majority run but they throw play-action passes and they like to throw the deep ball."

Burges uses that speed defensively to play some press man coverage.

The Rider offense has produced 75 points in two playoff wins. Last week's 31-21 win over Fort Worth Southwest broke a string of three outings of 40 or more points.

Junior quarterback Chase London has thrown three touchdown passes and is 28-of-47 for 356 yards in the playoffs. He's started off hot each time connecting on his first seven against Dunbar and first five tosses last week.

"Chase throws a great vertical ball and does a good job with our screens," Garfield said. "And he can lower his pads and run the ball. We have the whole package in there with Chase."

The running back position has become doubly dangerous with Domanic Thrasher and Carlos Fleeks each capable of 100-yard games.

The Raiders are hoping their line can continue its fine work and allow London and the running game to achieve balance.

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