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Jones turns the corner

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Aiden Jones knew last year wasn’t one of his better ones.

“I was playing both ones, but it wasn’t a good year,” said Jones. “I became a running back, but I was mainly playing defense (strong safety). But I wasn’t conditioned enough and it was a hard year.”

This year, Jones, a senior, has been a major part of a transformation with the football program.

He recently rushed a for a team-high 80 yards and scored a touchdown — a 30-yard run — in the Konkrete Kids’ 50-0 pasting of East Stroudsburg North that was their third-straight victory and raised their overall record to 3-1.

Jones is part of a bevy of running backs that have helped the Kids’ offense generate close to 400 yards of total offense the past three weeks. He attributes much of his team’s success to an intense weight training program that began in January.

“Absolutely,” stressed Jones. “It is insane in the (weight room). It really has shown for us so far. Our offensive line has been doing a great job and we have a number of guys who can run and catch passes out of the backfield.”

Jones began playing football at the age of seven with the Northampton Athletic Association (NAA) and was part of a unit that had five consecutive undefeated seasons.

He also credits his success to assistant coach Rob Holmes, who has worked with him the past two seasons.

“He (Holmes) really has built up my confidence,” said Jones. “I can ask him any question and he will have an answer. He also helped me became a strong running back.’

Jones, who was the leading scorer on the lacrosse team last year, would like to continue either career next year, primarily football. He has been contacted by several coaches and plans to pursue a career in either architecture of business.

“I would like to stay close to home to be by my parents,” said Jones. “But I will go anywhere to play football. I have to see what happens.”

Jones and his teammates don’t have to look too far to see what will happen with their football team.

They have outscored their opponents, 212-0, over the past three games, even though those teams have been winless. However, Jones and the rest of the Kids are anxious to the rest of the schedule ahead.

“People can look at us and say that we have beaten teams that aren’t very good,” he said. “But our confidence level is very high from last year. We’re very hungry to play some of the better teams and prove who we are.”