If defense wins championships, the Dragons Elite Academy (DEA) 12u team took that mantra to heart.
With an imposing defensive line and all around gritty defense, the Dragons have solidified their claim to being one of the top teams in the nation
Class of 2027 lineman Maxx Jones was a major proponent in his team’s successes in those two contests. He feels like he and his teammates up front are hard to stop.
“We are really good,” Jones said. “We have one of the best D-lines around.”
We have my brother Tre, big Fred, Khing, Jeremiah, Nieman, and big Red. It’s hard to beat us with our speed.”
Jones showcased his speed with a fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the win over the OG Ducks that helped his team gain some separation.
“It was exciting to get a chance to run the ball,” Jones said.
In addition to that, Jones played offensive line and even blocked a punt in the game against RDU.
He describes himself as “all-around athletic, I can play anywhere on the line.”
Playing alongside his brother Tre has been an experience within itself.
The Jones brothers are already talented enough, but having years of playing together under their belt is almost an added incentive for the two as they feed off one another.
“We have been playing with each other since we were seven,” Jones said. “We kind of know what each other is going to do.”
A product of Curtis Middle School and a future Allen Eagle once he gets to high school, Jones is hoping to continue adding to his toolbox as a football player while playing against national talent with his DEA team.
As far as what’s ahead for him, Jones is looking forward to “high level football and to keep working on my skills.”
A certified playmaker wherever he lines up, Jones will continue to make strides and become a force to be reckoned with regardless of what position he ultimately ends up playing if he is able to continue following the path he is on.