Jones finishing strong

Tates Creek sits at 5-4 with one regular season game to go. Jontez Jones sits at 971 yards rushing, putting him only 29 yards from his 1000 yard goal for the season.

Tates Creek sits at 5-4 with one regular season game to go. Jontez Jones sits at 971 yards rushing, putting him only 29 yards from his 1000 yard goal for the season.

Everybody wants to finish their high school career on a high note, that's no different for Tates Creek running back Jontez Jones. Jones will finish up the regular season against Woodford County tonight before starting off the playoffs. If Jones can continue his effort from previous games, he'll reach one of his preseason goals.

"This has been my season by far," said Jones. "I have met all my (individual) goals except for the one I'm about to reach (tonight), which is rushing for 1000 yards," said Jones.

Jones, 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, is a great athlete who runs a sub 4.5 forty and a 4.24 shuttle. Jones also has been working to improve on another important asset for running backs.

"I have improved my second gear, as some of my coaches say," he said. "It's that break away speed, going through the second level of defenders," he said.

Jones will have to step up big time in the playoffs with several important players for Tates Creek out with injuries, but he feels like hard work can pay off for them in the playoffs.

"Right now we have some key player out due to injuries but I'm not going to use that as an excuse. If we go out and practice hard and do our individual assignments, we can do real good in the playoffs," he said. "We got the talent and we got one of the best student bodies in the state who support us," he finished.

Jones has had good numbers this season to go with his efforts and his physical abilities. It's no wonder that he's receiving interest from some college programs.

"Illinois State has been talking to my coaches about me a lot, so you never know what's going to happen with that," he said.

Jones isn't going to take any visits until after his team has finished their season.

"Right now, I'm focusing on helping my team get as far as we can within the playoffs. I will try my best after the season to go on visits such as Illinois State, BYU, North Carolina and North Carolina State," he continued.

Jones does have one offer in hand, however.

"Campbellsville has (offered) but I see more in my future," he said.


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