Friday, September 2, 2016

Jones High products eye big seasons at Bethune-Cookman

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Don't take their reactions to being named preseason All-MEAC as disingenuous. Ja-Quan Lumas and DeMarcus Womack are quite proud coaches thought highly enough of them to mention them among the conference's elite players.

For both former Orlando Jones High players, however, the preseason designations are simply signs of things to come as they get ready to start the season with Bethune-Cookman on Sunday. The Wildcats face Alcorn State in the SWAC/MEAC Challenge at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN.

"It's all right, but you still gotta play football games, so all that doesn't really matter," said Lumas, a redshirt junior tight end who had nine catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns last season. "It feels good, but at the same time, at the end of the day, we still gotta line up and play ball."

The same is true for Womack, a senior defensive tackle who recorded 20 tackles, 1.5 tackls for a loss and half a sack last season. Womack has taken quite a journey to reach B-CU. He graduated from Jones in 2009, but a brush with the law and subsequent meandering through the judicial process put his college football goals on hold for a while.


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