Thomasville's Jorium Jones - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 12:27 AM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2018-02-15 07:28:20-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - This Thomasville football season has been nearly thirty years in the making.

"It hasn't happened since 1988, so that's 29 years ago," said senior Jorium Jones. "We're doing something special, and we want to keep going on in the playoffs and make a run."

Making a run to Atlanta, takes a lot of sacrifice. Five weeks to go, but for Jones, who switched from offense to defense this year, whatever it takes to get there, he's game.

"We said look Jorium, you're our best blocker," said head coach Zach Grage of when he told his senior standout he'd be making the position switch. "You're changing your number from #85 to #67, you're never going to catch a ball the rest of your career, never get mentioned in the paper, will you do it? He said when do I start?"

"Even though I don't speak as much and be a vocal leader, if everyone sees I'm doing my job correctly, at least they'll want to do their job correctly, and make good things happen on the field," said Jones.

Good things happening on the field, translate to good things happening in the classroom. Jones is boasting a 3.6 GPA in Thomasville's Scholars Academy, all while being the best Bulldog he can be for this team.

"It's very important, as far as the younger kids," he said. "I try to help them build up and see what they can be like as a senior and be able to lead their team on the field and in the classroom."

"A coach led team can only go so far," added coach Grage. "A player led team is where you start experiencing a little bit of greatness. Being that selfless, Thomasville, team guy, I mean, if I can get about 100 Jorium Jones', we would be okay."

Jones, at the front of that player led team, and greatness, is what he's expecting the second week in December.

"Even though we're 10-0 right now, our goal for the next five weeks is to be 5-0," said Jones. "Coach Grage knows about winning a State title, so he tells us to close our eyes eyes and visualize. It feels amazing when we do that, so I know it'll be even better when we get there."

Because nothing's better than lifting a State Championship trophy.