Orlando Jones High football and basketball star Angelo Warner was unable to watch the Morehead State victory over Louisville on Thursday.
Track practice was his interference, but he had plenty of others watching for him.
"Coach Ray was the first one to tell me," Warner said. "Then there were a lot of teachers telling me and some other people."
It was a great victory for the Morehead State program, as well as for Warner, who had recently started having second thoughts on his decision to play basket ball instead of football.
He certainly had his options. On the football field as the Jones quarterback, Warner threw for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns, and also ran for 700 yards. The Tigers won nine straight games before losing in the district championship to Bishop Moore and in the first round of the state playoffs to eventual champion Cocoa to end up 9-2.
On the basketball court, Warner averaged 24 points per game, 8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.5 steals. He helped lead Jones all the way to the 3A state title game, but the Tigers fell short 60-54 in overtime against Tallahassee Rickards.
Of course, Thursday's NCAA Tournament win over Loiuisville helped Warner add credibility to his decision to attend Moorehead State, the automatic-qualifiying representative of the Ohio Valley Conference. Demonte Harper had the dagger, a 3-pointer with five seconds left, to send the No. 13-seeded Eagles to the second round against another upset winner. No. 11-seeded Richmond knocked off mighty Vanderbilt of the SEC 69-66.
"It just makes me more confident in my decision," Warner said. "I knew they would beat Louisville. We had this thing at school where we filled out brackets with some of the teachers. I picked Moorehead all the way, to win it all. I was about Louisville and I'm confident in the rest of the games, too."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.