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Mike Jones enjoys happy return to Jefferson City as Bills whip Jays

Jefferson City lost to Mike Jones and SLUH 38-20 on Friday night. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- Mike Jones has experienced football's highest highs and lowest lows.

He will forever be known in Super Bowl lore --- how many people in the history of our planet can say that? --- for making The Tackle, the game-saving play in Super Bowl XXXIV for the St. Louis Rams.

The St. Louis Rams ... remember them?

But Jones was also swallowed up in the abyss that's been the Lincoln Blue Tigers' football program, a program that hasn't had a winning season since 1972.

A winning season for Lincoln ... remember that?

While Steve Smith is now the latest to try and turn those fortunes around, it's something Jones couldn't do. Jones returned to Jefferson City just 10 days short of a year that he was fired by Lincoln, but this time, he was across the street from Reed Stadium as head coach of the St. Louis University Junior Billikens.

It was a Happy Homecoming.

The Junior Bills scored an unlikely touchdown on third-and-goal from the 21 late in the first half to break a 14-14 tie and they never looked back in a 38-20 win over the Jefferson City Jays on Friday night at Adkins Stadium.

It was the third win for Jones in his debut season at SLUH, matching his win total from his final 30 games at the helm of the Blue Tigers. And besides being a homecoming, this night was a reunion --- Jones and Jays head coach Ted LePage were teammates at Mizzou in the late 1980s. They were even stretching partners.

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