Jones hauls in huge interception in fourth quarter to preserve Valley City’s 14-7 win

September 18, 2021

Martin Jones

Martin Jones of Wasilla made the biggest play of his college football career after hauling in an interception in the fourth quarter to preserve Valley City State University’s 14-7 win over Waldorf College in North Dakota.

The sophomore defensive back picked off the opposing quarterback at the 14-yard-line to deny a red-zone scoring opportunity and help Valley City move to 3-0 on the NAIA season.

“We needed some big plays today,” said Valley City coach Dennis McCulloch. “The defense played extremely well today and they found a way. We bent a little bit, Waldorf found some rhythm in the second half… but Jahidi (West) had a great pick to end a drive, and then Martin Jones with a huge pick when they’re on the 20-yard line. Those two plays were huge plays.”

This was Jones’ second career interception and his first since last year’s season opener.

Six plays before his interception, he made a solo tackle on 2nd-and-3 to force third down.

Jones, of Colony High fame, has racked up 31 tackles in 13 career games.