2020 Record: 9-1 (Lost to Jesuit in the fourth round of the playoffs 40-24)
Players to watch:
2022 QB Kaylan Julian Calvez – 6’3” 190 lbs
Last season, Calvez split time with senior Tysan Robbins. In eight games, he completed 39 out of 65 passes for 524 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 340 yards and 5 touchdowns on 49 rushing attempts. Now he is the only one running the show. Calvez is a gifted dual-threat quarterback. He can do it all. He will put up big numbers this season, and it is safe to bet on another talent-rich Jones team to make another deep playoff run. His two top rushers, and top six receivers from 2020 are back also. Expect a 2023 WR named Derrick Rogers to move into that super-talented group also. After his spring performance, I have a feeling he will become a favorite target for Calvez.
2022 RB Daquan Harris – 5’7” 165 lbs & 2022 RB Stephen Sparrow – 6’ 190 lbs
These two are a problem. Both of these young men bring their own dynamic running back qualities to the Tigers’ offense. In the seven games they participated in, they combined for 1,354 yards and 15 touchdowns. Harris averaged 11.5 yards per carry while Sparrow averaged 9.3. They will have another big and physical offensive line opening holes for them. Their combined big-play ability will force defenses to respect the run game every week which will really open up the playbook for Calvez and co.
Harris’ film: http://www.hudl.com/v/2ESdmc
Sparrow’s film: http://www.hudl.com/v/2FB48C
2023 DE Moses Ezechi – 6’ 215 lbs
The Jones defense will be fast, athletic, and physical as usual. After evaluating the roster and watching film, this kid really popped out to me. Ezechi didn’t post many stats as a sophomore, but he was an absolute menace against West Orange in the spring. He doesn’t have prototypical defensive lineman size, but his physicality and ability to shed blockers seems to allow his coaches to move him around and allow him to disrupt and make plays. He still looked raw in the spring, so I can’t wait to see what he does as he gets more experience and coaching.
Dr. Phillips Panthers
2020 Record: 4-6 (Covid forced them to forfeit to East River in the playoffs)
Players to watch:
2022 QB Curtis Argroves II – 5’11” 205 lbs
Dr. Phillips received some great news in early-July when Argroves officially enrolled with the Panthers. Argroves came over after leading Lyman for 27 games over the last three years. Starting out as a freshman, he accumulated 235 completions for 3,604 yards and 33 touchdowns through the air. He added 2,247 yards and 24 touchdowns on 326 carries. It isn’t often that a player who has accounted for 5,851 total yards and 57 touchdowns comes knocking on the door. He is a dynamic multi-sport athlete. He has a powerful arm and can run the football very well.
2023 OT Payton Kirkland – 6’8” 310 lbs
Kirkland is a national recruit for good reason. The junior offensive tackle is massive. He has quick feet and uses his hands very well in gaining leverage and finishing blocks. His long arms and athleticism allow him to be a strong pass blocker also. He plays with that nastiness you hope for out of your offensive linemen. Argroves won’t have to worry about much pressure coming from his right side.
2022 OLB DeMario Tolan – 6’3” 210 lbs
Tolan is a freak of nature. His closing speed will have you thinking his film is sped up. The LSU commit makes plays all over the field. He strikes ball carriers with power upon contact. His 2020 statistics seem incomplete, but he recorded statistics on both sides of the ball for Tohopekaliga as a sophomore. He is an extremely versatile athlete who can be used in a variety of ways on defense regardless of scheme. When the Panthers’ defense takes the field in Friday nights, find #8 and enjoy the show.