Jones can’t stand losing, wants win

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 9, 2012

Andalusia’s Ethan Jones (44) wants to go 1-3 in the first round of the playoffs. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia senior linebacker Ethan Jones hates losing — even to a game of hop scotch.

That’s why Jones said he’s aiming for a win tonight in Opelika against second-ranked Beauregard in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Since Jones was a freshman, AHS (6-4) has gone 0-3 in the first round of the post season.

The senior said he wants to go 1-3 and make it a little farther in the playoffs.

“With this being my senior year, I just want it to change,” Jones said.

Beauregard (9-1) has third-year starting quarterback David Winslett, who can be elusive in and out of the pocket.

Jones isn’t taking anything away from Winslett when he said that he felt “better” about facing this QB tonight.

“He’s good, but no as agile as what we’ve faced in the last two weeks,” he said. “I’m not trying to take anything away from him. I just feel like we’re a little bit more prepared because we’ve had those last two weeks to play against a faster and quicker quarterback.”

Last week, the Bulldogs lost 49-14 to Class 6A Fairhope with Pirates quarterback Nate Andrews at the helm. In week nine, AHS played against Chris Johnson at Escambia County.

Jones said he thought this was going to be a better year despite the team’s three losses.

“It’s gone pretty well,” he said. “A lot of people didn’t think we were going to have the season we had (last year). I thought we were giong to have a better season.

“To me, I just feel like there was a lot of miscommunication on the team earlier in the season,” he said. “I felt like we could’ve competed against those teams we lost to.”

Andalusia’s losses came to Thomasville, Clarke County and UMS-Wright, all region opponents.

Jones comes from a long line of football in his family. His brothers, Marcus Jones Jr. and Johnny Jones, played football at AHS.

His family is where he got his competitive spirit from, Jones said.

Jones couldn’t put a measurement of how much he hates losing, only saying that he’s going to be mad if he does.

“Words can’t express it, regardless of what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m just that kind of person, especially when it comes to football. If I’m having a hop scotch competition, I’m gonna be mad if I lose.”

Ethan is the son of Marcus Jones Sr. and Sherry Purdue.