• John Macon Gillespie

Position Change Has Jones Rolling

It doesn’t get any bigger for Brookhaven(5-2, 2-1) in 2016, at least prior to a potential playoff game, than tonight. The Panthers host Laurel(6-1, 3-0) tonight and a much-needed division win is on the line.

Aside from a division loss to Wayne County two weeks ago, Northwest Rankin is the only other team to beat Ole Brook. However, coming off of a 13-0 win over Provine is good enough to get them back on the right track.

“We have to continue to play as a whole on special teams, offense and defense,” Jemaurian Jones told SES Mississippi. “We’re working extremely hard and everyone is focused.”

“Our whole defensive unit is very solid. I feel when we play as a whole we’re going to dominate anybody we play. We need to sharpen up on executing every play and not taking plays off.”

Jones is a junior defensive back who has already received a lot of attention from the college level. Jackson State, Memphis and Southern Miss have already offered, and most feel Mississippi State and Ole Miss will soon be in the ring, as well.

“I’m a very good press corner and I’ve improved on my zone coverage, but I can work a little more on zone,” He explained. “With me being 6’2, my size, my speed and my strength, are the main things that me find success.”

“I have a goal set to lead the state in interceptions, but the most important goal is to help my team win a championship.”

While he has 2016 and even the fall of 2017 to reach those milestones, they have been something he has worked towards for most of his life.

“I fell in love with the game at the age of seven. I’ve been around football my whole life,” Jones said. “Going out there and competing with my brothers every Friday night. I don’t think there is a better feeling than that. That’s why I love the game.”

When I asked Jones to share one of his favored memories around the sport, he actually shared with me how his career was forever altered.

“During the offseason I switched my position from receiver to cornerback during 7-on-7s. When I lined up there my corners coach was hyped and told me that I could make millions of dollars at corner. So I humbled myself with those words and ran with it,” Jones explained.

With a win tonight, one of Jones’ goals might come into central focus. That would be winning a championship. Don’t doubt his ability to get an interception in this game, as well.

His three interceptions this season came against Northwest Rankin, South Jones and Wayne County. He likes to go take one away in the biggest games. His physicality at the position has helped him tally 19 tackles in 2016.

**Photo by Jonathon Alford Photography.

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