Jones enjoys strong sophomore season for Coyotes

REED CITY — Phillip Jones has brought back memories of his older Andre Jones this season.

More importantly, Jones has proven to be another offensive threat in the Reed City backfield.

As a sophomore, Jones has been a constant threat whenever he carries the ball, very similar to Andre, who graduated from last season’s team.

“It’s been going very good,” Jones said late in the regular season. “I think we’re still continuing to meet our expectations. We’re developing and doing well so far.”

The Coyotes finished the regular season 9-0 and claimed their sixth straight Central State Activities Association Gold Division title. They beat Pinconning 35-6 in the first round of the districts and Chippewa Hills 34-278 for the title last Friday. Reed City is at home this Saturday for the district title against Menominee.

Against Chippewa Hills the first time, as well as in the rematch, the key, Jones has said, is “just to execute; we’ve been going hard in practice. The key is to be mentally and physically focused and hopefully we’ll get a positive outcome on that.”

As for himself, “I’m doing better than I thought I would,” Jones said. “It’s still sinking in that I’m doing good and feeling good.”

When he gets the ball, Jones uses his speed and ability to see the hole and makes the quick cut.

“When I get the ball, I’m just trying to get positive yards for my team,” he said. “If we get a score on that, hey, we’ll take it.”

Reed City graduated many seniors from last season but is still 11-0.

“We’re really young on the line,” Jones said. “We’ve been lifting hard and getting strong and doing what we need to do.”

Jone has also been a defensive back and has been strong at covering the pass.

In comparing himself to his brother, “I’d say in the running back position, we’re similar,” Phllip said. “On the defensive end, we’re in different positions.”