Arkansas recoil throwback James Jointer (6-2, 210) had an apt description of what he did as he rushed 31 times for 270 yards and five touchdowns on Thursday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
The Little Rock Parkview senior, who has suffered two injuries in recent years, was the star of his team’s 48-28 win over Greenwood in a 6A-Central conference clash.
âOur quarterback (Ole Miss commit Jaylon White) was a little high, so I had to put on my big boy pants, you know,â Jointer said. âI just put my head down and I was a blue collar and did whatever the team needed. Everything you need to win.
âI’m built for times like this. I just put my head down and I was a blue collar and did whatever the team needed. I even went a bit in defense. Everything you need to win.
Little Rock Parkview coach Brad Bolding wasn’t surprised by the effort of Jointer, who chose Arkansas over Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan State, Purdue, State of Florida, Kansas State, Arizona State, Indiana, Louisville, Memphis and other programs.
Jointer now has 58 carries for 511 yards and 8 touchdowns this season.
“He’s a special player,” Bolding said. “He’s very physical, powerful and strong, and he’s the kind of guy you want in a game like this, putting him on your back.”
Jointer recorded touchdowns of 2, 13, 22, 37 and 42 yards in the victory, a clash of teams that were unable to play last season due to covid-19.
âFirst of all, I want to thank my offensive line,â Jointer said. âI am not shocked by what we have done. We were underdogs and couldn’t wait to meet them last year, but we couldn’t play due to covid.
âMore than likely we’ll see them again, hopefully in the state championship. We’re just going to get back to work and get ready for our next game.
Jointer admitted that the success of Greenwood, which has won eight state titles and 13 league games since 2000, has been frustrating for Little Rock Parkview.
âIt was just one word: fun,â Jointer said. âWe are always reminded: ‘Greenwood, Greenwood, Greenwood’. We’ve been waiting for this game for a year. It’s pretty important to be at the top.
Jointer is also pleased with how the Razorbacks started the season 3-0 under coach Sam Pittman.
âCoach Pittman and the program are definitely going in the right direction,â Jointer said. âI feel confident that I can compete in anything – second channel or whatever, come in and get a block as a first year.
âI feel good about myself. I know what I’m capable of doing if I really think about it.
Greenwood coach Chris Young’s team have been handcuffed following the loss of junior quarterback Hunter Houston to injury.
“They’re a good team, and they made us look bad,” Young said. âJointer is a very physical back. I know we’ve had people lined up a few times and he’s walked through them. “
Greenwood drops to 2-2 on aggregate after a 62-56 loss to Fort Smith Northside last week and loss to the Patriots.
âParkview has all the abilities in the world and they just flew around and look like an all-star team,â Young said. âIt was a tough night because we put our second-year quarterback in a tough spot.
“We have to get back to work and we have to worry about ourselves and not about Parkview.”
Bolding’s side rose to 4-0 with Thursday’s win, but became 3-1 on Friday when told their season-opener 47-0 win over Little Rock Southwest on September 2 would be canceled.
This is due to the self-report of a violation of Article 3, Rule 1 (playing one or more ineligible players), which means that Parkview will be put on warning for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. .
The Patriots face reigning state runner-up Lake Hamilton next week and travel to Benton on October 8.
âIt doesn’t get any easier,â Bolding said. âThe state championship team, I think, will come out of our conference. Usually this is the case. Lake Hamilton is going to be another physical game. We’re going to have to really chase them into the trenches and do a good job of stopping their racing game and rising to the occasion.
“I know our guys will be ready.”
Winning matters a little more to Bolding.
âI was on the Greenwood State Championship first team in 2000 (as an assistant), and I know they weren’t going to get caught up in the hype of playing at War Memorial Stadium since they are here so often, âBolding said.
“It’s a big win and we’re going to take advantage of it, but we’re a blue collar team who point in to work and that point in to work and stay focused.”