By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Dontea Jones has already made it clear that he will be playing at Davis Wade Stadium next season as a member of the Mississippi State
University Bulldogs, but the Louisville High School senior hopes that he can play a game on that turf long before the 2015 season kicks off.
“It would be great to play in a state championship there,” said Jones, who is hoping to lead LHS to its ninth MHSAA State Football Championship this fall. Should the Wildcats make it back to the title game, Jones and his teammates will be playing at Davis Wade Stadium. The MHSAA announced on Monday that MSU would host the State Football Championships in 2014 and 2016, while Ole Miss would play host to the games in 2015 and 2017.
While that is a dream that has yet to be realized for Jones, one did come true earlier this weekend when he was selected as a member of the 2014 Dandy Dozen team by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
“I was kind of expecting it, but there are a lot of great players in Mississippi, so you never know,” Jones aid. “It feels great. I know I have a lot to prove and it puts more pressure on me to perform, but it doesn’t change anything about me. I’m still going to work hard and try to get better.”
Jones hauled in 43 passes for 774 yards for 11 touchdowns. He was especially potent down the stretch, catching 15 passes for 408 yards and six touchdowns over the last four playoff games, including a spectacular catch and run for a touchdown in the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship win over Hazlehurst.
Jones is the seventh Wildcat to receive Dandy Dozen honors from the Clarion-Ledger. The complete list is as follows: Alfonso Childress, 1989; Lawrence Sangster, 1991; Moine Nicholson, 1993; Michael Goss, 1998; Clayton Moore, 2008; Dennis Thames, 2008; and Dontea Jones, 2014.