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Football Player of the Week: Buford's Seon Jones

Wolves' running back set new school record with 319 yards

POSTED: September 27, 2010 11:00 p.m.

Player of the Week Seon Jones

Buford Coach Jess Simpson talks about The Player of the Week, Seon Jones, No. 4.

BUFORD — When Buford’s Seon Jones went to the sideline late in last Friday’s win against Lovett, the Wolves’ senior running back was floored to find out he was the new owner of the school record for rushing yards in a single game.

“I was shocked to find out I broke the school record,” Jones said before Monday’s practice at the school.

Owning the school record for rushing yards in a game at a school like Buford (3-1), the three-time defending Class AA state champions, is a big deal since the school also produced 2004 graduate Darius Walker, the state record holder for a time in rushing touchdowns in a season (46).

However, it wasn’t Walker’s school record that Jones broke with his 319-yard effort against Lovett. It didn’t belong to Cody Getz, Matt Pridemore or Jessel Curry either, three of the school’s great backs in the past five years. The school record dated back 40 years and belonged to Dennis Clark.

“I knew he had it in him,” said Buford senior quarterback Alex Ross about his leading rusher. “It all goes back to the hard work put in during the summer.”

For his efforts, Jones is The Times Football Player of the Week.

At 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Jones isn’t the kind of running back that is going to make his mark by running over defenders. He says the strength to his game is speed, vision and the ability to make defenders miss tackles.

In his record-setting performance at Atlanta’s Conley-Oakley Field against the Lions, Jones put all three elements display with an 85-yard touchdown run.

On a third-and-1 at their own 15, Jones took the handoff on a standard power play between the guard and tackle on the left side of the Wolves’ offensive line. After his initial steps, a big hole opened up, he hit full stride and made a linebacker miss on the tackle and was off to the races for a touchdown.

“My eyes got big when I saw that hole open up,” Jones said. “It was kind of unexpected to have a touchdown run that long.”

Jones, who moved to Buford High as a junior from Dacula, also added a 9-yard touchdown run during the game. All his accomplishments, he said, are a direct result of the hard work by the offensive line.

His first big game of the season was in Week 1 against Gainesville with 148 yards on 11 carries at City Park.

Now, Jones hopes he can translate these big games into some college scholarship offers.


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