Jul 2, 18, 09:45 AM #2Great piece! The Phelps/Jones story has been fun to watch. Their district is so tough but I hope that can move up a notch this season.
Also, what a terrific compliment from Jones to Philip Haywood - "He was always interested in us being successful when we were 35 more than he was [interested] in what we could do for him now as players on the field."
Jul 2, 18, 01:34 PM #3Thanks Coach Jones, that was a very informative interview.
What a great hire by Phelps!
Coach David Jones everyone, Head Football Coach of the Phelps Hornets and of course member of the 2004 All BluegrassPreps.com Football Team!
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Jul 2, 18, 03:02 PM #4If I were a larger school with a history of struggling, David Jones would be the first place I would turn.
I think of places like Clark County, Woodford County, Dunbar, etc,,, places where the talent is in the school, just not on the field, and I cant help but think that Jones might be the shot of energy they need.
He works his butt off to get his kids to the next level.
Jul 2, 18, 08:18 PM #5Nice interview. It's great to see some of the lesser nontraditional power programs get some much deserved recognition. Coach Jones has certainly changed the culture at Phelps in a short period of time.
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Jul 2, 18, 09:26 PM #7
Here is Coach Jones returning a kick off for a TD against Tennessee in 2005. The KY All Stars won that game 41-27.
Tim Masthay put every kickoff in the endzone for KY. TN put them all in the endzone but this one. David Jones got it on the one yard line and took it to the house.
Photo credit to @theguru!
Good luck to Coach Jones and his Phelps team this season!
Jul 4, 18, 09:01 PM #8Saw the Elizabethtown state title game and that was awesome.
Watched Belfry play Ironton at Ironton when Coach Jones played. His running mate(Dag, forget his name) had a good game, though the Fighting Tigers won.
Love seeing him wanting to beef up the schedule.
One question I would have asked him-Would you rather play a team from out of the county instead of one from the county, when playing in the Pike County Bowl.
I hate seeing four of the county teams playing each other, in the bowl game.
Jul 5, 18, 06:59 AM #9
Let's be honest about it, Phelps is a tough gig. There is no easy way to get there and your talent pool rests next to Belfry and Mingo Central who have elite level facilities and a State Championship trophy in recent years.
What Jones has done at Phelps is pretty remarkable, but when your talent pool is so landlocked and you have to share a District with Hazard and Pikeville, well you simply aren't going to see many chances at playoff wins.
I think if you asked Jones, Belfry or Mingo Central would be ideal fits, but I don't see him as the Head Coach at either any time soon.
I don't think you would see Jones go much further West or North of Lexington.
Jul 5, 18, 08:12 AM #10
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