Athlete of the Week: Northwest's Reagan JonesPosted: Updated:
Northwest quarterback Reagan Jones has established himself as one of the top players in the area.
"I knew it from the day he walked in when he wanted to come start watching film when he first got here," said Northwest football coach Steve Martin. "There's not a lot of kids who want to volunteer and watch film with their head football coach instead of going and hanging out with their friends or something like that so from that point he had made an impact from the get go."
Since transferring from Andover Central, Jones has led the Grizzlies to an 18-1 record. His dual threat ability has been causing opposing defenses headaches.
"Running the ball is more fun you get to score touchdowns and all that," said Jones. "I think running adds another dynamic to our team. I like the hard ground and pound stuff but when I get into the open field I like to juke people and have them looking silly."
Reagan committed to Missouri Western State before the beginning of his senior season. Jones was relieved to put the big decision behind him.
"That was so stressful. Me, my mom, my dad. Coach Martin knows and my brother we all went through it," said Jones. "It was such a crazy and great learning experience and I'm so thankful for Missouri Western and the coaches at Missouri Western for giving me the opportunity that I have."
In 2019, he's thrown for 736 yards and 11 touchdowns with only 1 interception. Jones still sees room for improvement.
"I think the accuracy. I like getting the balls on pinpoint accuracy. That's like the consistency. That's where I'm trying to get better at and I'm still trying to get there," said Jones.
The Grizzlies' lone loss last season came in the 5A state title game. Something that still motivates the senior.
"At Northwest that's the goal. Last year we lost to Aquinas and we're definitely coming back for that, that state title game," said Jones. "We're always working that's what we're out here working for every practice."