BUNN, N.C. — High school football teams across the state are continuing the battle for playoff positioning, and one Bunn High School senior has given the Wildcats a leg up.
Freeman Jones has kicking a football down to a science. First, hit the weight room, then get a good stretch in before going to work.
Jones can drill it through the uprights from more than 50 yards and virtually all of his kickoffs go for touchbacks. Once he put on a show at a Carolina football camp last year, it was a done deal.
Jones was going to be a Tar Heel.
“I feel like I have been at Bunn for four years and it is family-oriented. The team and the school and everything like that. But when I got there, all of the coaches and the people that I met it seemed like home more than anything,” said Jones.
Jones shined on the soccer pitch growing up. But after a practice during his freshman year, he and a teammate drove over to the football field for an impromptu tryout that ended up changing everything.
“I kicked a lot better there. And they [said], 'Do you want to play football?' And I [said] 'Sure, why not?' And I never thought about playing football, I was a soccer player. But one thing led to another and here I am,” said Jones.
But his status goes beyond the football field. Jones is an honors student with a 3.9 GPA who feels right at home in the classroom.
“I like anatomy definitely. It is something that is really interesting I feel like. It really depends on the teacher, which is why I want to teach,” said Jones.
When he's not pounding the pigskin or breezing through anatomy class, Jones also spends time working with the Special Olympics.
But when it comes to kicking, his offensive coordinator thinks the kid with the golden leg has a chance to play for pay on Sundays.