Southern High coach Adrian Jones linked to NCCU opening
Unconfirmed reports circulated Tuesday that Southern High School football coach Adrian Jones has been offered a position as running backs coach on the staff of new N.C. Central University football coach Jerry Mack.
Contacted by phone Tuesday night, Jones refused to comment on the reports.
Attempts to reach Southern athletic director Darius Robinson, a coordinator on Jones’ staff, were unsuccessful Tuesday night.
NCCU associate athletics director for media relations Kyle Serba said the university will not comment on any coaching hires until an official announcement is ready to me made.
If Jones decides to accept a post on the NCCU staff, he would remain true to a résumé that’s already seen him return to his high school alma mater — Southern — as coach. Jones is also an NCCU alumnus who played defensive back at Central and coached defensive backs there under former head coach Rod Broadway.
At Southern, Jones won the school’s first state football title in December, coaching the Spartans to a come-from-behind 38-31 state 3-AA title win over Shelby Crest at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.
The win capped a 14-2 season that included early losses to eventual state 4-A runner-up Laurinburg Scotland County and perennial state power and cross-town rival Hillside.
Southern otherwise escaped unscathed through a new Big Eight 3-A Conference that included 3-A heavyweights Orange, Cardinal Gibbons and Pittsboro Northwood as well as Chapel Hill, another state 3-AA playoff team.
The Spartans handed 3-A top 10-ranked Orange (12-2) its only two losses of the season.
Offensively, Southern outscored its opponents by an average of 45.1 to 24.3 and averaged 486.2 yards per game total offense
While senior 1,000-plus yard receivers Maurice Trowell (N.C. State recruit) and Derrick Mason depart the Southern program, a new coach would be able to call on the outstanding talents of rising senior quarterback Kendall Hinton, rising senior running back/return man William Cameron (West Virginia recruit), rising junior running back/receiver Jordan Brown and rising junior running back Toney Bass to build around on offense and presumably remain among the Big Eight Conference favorites this fall.
Hinton, who holds scholarship offers from Duke, N.C. State and East Carolina, completed 219 of 339 pass attempts (65 percent) for 3,972 yards, 39 touchdowns and five interceptions, while averaging 18.14 yards per completion.
The dual-threat signal caller also led the team with 1,183 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on 95 carries, 12.45 yards per carry.
Brown caught 23 passes for 415 yards — 18 yards per catch — and three touchowns, while finishing third on the team in rushing with 89 carries for 753 yards (8.46 per carry) and 13 touchdowns.
Bass ran 80 times for 558 yards (6.98 per carry) and scored eight rushing touchdowns.
Jones led Southern to the state 4-A semifinals in 2007, his first year as Spartan head coach, and won it all this season, his seventh on the Southern sideline.
2013 NCHSAA 3-AA Championship Game
Dec. 15, 2013 at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem
SOUTHERN 38, SHELBY CREST 31
Southern 0 7 9 8 14 — 38
Crest 14 7 0 10 — 31
Crest — Tré Harbison 2 run (Alex Trejo kick), 8:24
Crest — Jalin Moore 3 run (Trejo kick), 4:42
Crest — Jalin Moore 1 run (Trejo kick), 4:08
Southern — Jason Henderson 11 pass from Kendall Hinton (Leonardo Orozco kick), 0:11
Southern — Maurice Trowell 42 pass from Kendall Hinton (Orozco kick), 5:11
Southern — Safety, Alex Trejo recovers bad punt snap out of end zone, 3:04
Southern — Toney Bass 6 run (Jordan Brown pass from Kendall Hinton), 11:31
Crest — Tré Harbison 12 run (Trejo kick), 6:53
Southern — Maurice Trowell 32 pass from Kendall Hinton (Kick blocked), 5:41
Crest — FG Alex Trejo 40, 1:08
Southern — Jordan Brown 80 pass from Kendall Hinton (Maurice Trowell pass from Hinton), 0:57
RUSHING — Southern, Kendall Hinton 12-47, Jordan Brown 10-44, Toney Bass 3-8, Derrick Mason 1-(minus 9). Crest, Jalin Moore 30-183, Tré Harbison 21-128, P.J. Brooks 12-32, Team 2-(minus 30).
PASSING — Southern, Kendall Hinton 17-25-0 332, Derrick Mason 0-1-0 0. Crest, P.J. Brooks 4-5-1 31, Jordan Oates 0-1-0 0, Jalin Moore 1-1-0 8.
RECEIVING — Southern, Maurice Trowell 8-198, Jordan Brown 5-113, Jason Henderson 2-12, Kerry Ivory 1-5, Derrick Mason 1-4. Crest, Jordan Oates 2-24, P.J. Brooks 1-8, Quentin Thompson 1-7, Tré Harbison 1-0.
Records — NCHSAA 3-AA champion Southern 14-2, NCHSAA 3-AA runner-up Crest 14-2.