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Thu. September 3, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

As the season opener looms, there’s been a lot of buzz around just how good Armwood sophomore running back Matt Jones is.

Armwood coach Sean Callahan, who had coached his share of talented running backs, has already said he might be the best one to come out of Armwood.

We’re officially about to see why. The Hawks open Friday against Newsome.

In last Friday’s kickoff classic against Middleton, Jones had just five touches, but he accounted for 92 total yards (three rushes for 35 yards, two receptions for 57 yards). He caught a 40-yard touchdown pass on the Hawks’ fourth play from scrimmage and added first quarter touchdown runs of 30 and 8 yards.

If Armwood’s gameplan is anything like last week – quarterback Josh Grady threw 16 passes in one half of play – the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jones can be the ultimate weapon this season – a strong, fast, difficult-to-tackle runner who can also be a vertical passing-game threat.

“He was as good as advertised,” Middleton coach Jason Stokes said. “The kid was physical. He’s a great athlete. He has great hands. He has a very high football I.Q. He can break a game open on any play.

Stokes said Jones’ talent was no surprise.

“We saw him this summer in the 7-on-7s,” Stokes said. “So we knew how much he had grown since last year.”

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