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Storm Warning

’26 two way lineman eager to show he can be counted on to contribute in ’24

Jaiden Jones is a two-way lineman who didn’t get much varsity run in ’23, his sophomore year; but, the kind of player the team may well rely on in ’24 as the ranks of the lines of scrimmage have taken a hit via the graduation stage. Programs rely on the development of linemen to sustain a level of success and a winning culture. The Storm has done a fine job with the latest group which matriculated through the roster. They will need to do well by this new group too to continue its climb toward the stratosphere at which Coach Manning and staff have taken aim.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

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A group called “The Counting Crows” recorded a song Jaiden Jones might well add to his playlist of favorites. It was released in 1993 and was titled “Mr. Jones.”

It was a song about a friend of the author’s and the author going out and watching the friend’s dad play a flamenco guitar at a reunion concert with the dad’s Spanish troupe at a Mission in San Francisco.

The two friends imbibed, went to a bar after the dad’s concert, and stared at two girls. The two men then argued about which of them the two girls favored. The truth was probably neither. We have all done this, though our Mr. Jones’ time to do something of this nature is still forthcoming.

The subtle message conveyed by the lyrics, according to the author, is about dreams and what motivates us to do what we do. Jaiden Jones, a ’26 two-way lineman on the Storm’s roster has some dreams of his own. He dreams of running out on that Friday Night field and leading his teammates to glory.

His message to his teammates…

Believe in me
Help me believe in anything
‘Cause I wanna be someone who believes

Counting Crows – Mr. Jones (1993) | IMVDb

We have talked a lot about the Storm and its progression to the “next level.” When Manning was brought aboard to coach the program it was accustomed to being routed, game after game.

Manning has brought in talent. Manning and staff have developed that talent. The team is competing, night after night.

Now the program has to start winning some of the moral victories which still get marked on the wrong side of the won-loss ledger. The program is poised to start turning some of the heat-break losses into wins. When this happens; well, that is for what we construct bandwagons.

As the lyricist in “Mr. Jones” has so ably put it…

When everybody loves me
I will never be lonely

Counting Crows – Mr. Jones (1993) | IMVDb

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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