Ironwood football player earns national recognition

Adian Jones (pictured) was featured in an article recognizing his performance against Agua Fria. (Submitted)

Adian Jones, a junior wide receiver from Ironwood High School, gained national recognition from his performance against Agua Fria High School this past October.

Jones had 9 catches for 297 yards and 5 total touchdowns — an average of a whopping 33 yards per catch. For the performance, Jones was featured in a MaxPreps article recognizing incredible performances, or “Stat Freaks,” on a national scale.

“I think the school record for receiving touchdowns in a game is 8, so I was close,’’ Jones said jokingly. “I was just playing my heart out. It was our homecoming game, so I wanted to show out for the crowd. I was just playing and having fun, and I was just playing the best game that I love.”

While Jones seemingly saw success every time he touched the ball against Agua Fria, he said his favorite play occurred near the end of the second quarter of the game.

“We were at our own 20-yard line and there was 30 seconds left in the half,” Jones recalled. “My coach called, ‘All-go,’ and my quarterback and I just looked at each other, and I knew that it was coming right to me. And then just like that, I had an 80-yard touchdown.”

Jones’ breakout game was of no surprise to his coaches and teammates, who praised his work ethic and attitude toward the game. Ironwood head coach Anthony Rizzo called Jones one of the hardest-working players on the team.

“It makes me feel great,” Jones said. “I love having my coaches think of me like that, and I love how my teammates think of me as a leader. It’s an amazing feeling. I come to practice everyday and make sure to be uplifting, and I make sure that everyone is doing good. I try to help push them to their next limits.”

Despite the once-in-a-lifetime performance from Jones, he said this is only the first step to much bigger goals for the remainder of the season.

“My goal is to finish strong and to show college coaches that I’m ready at the next level,” Jones said. “I just want to help my team win as much as I can, and I want to keep improving every game.”