Farmington Phoenix star Kainoa Jones rises to all challenges

Farmington Phoenix star Kainoa Jones rises to all challenges

The Farmington Phoenix remained unbeaten with a 7-0 record and star senior lineman Kanoia Jones continues to wreck opposing offense game plans. Jones knows the record is all part of achieving the goal of a state championship. Winning is what the Phoenix has done very well this year and Jones understands his part in playing both ways and dominating the opposing team.

“I enjoy playing with my best friends and winning,” said Jones. “We are always having fun and this year is special.” The energy and passion this Phoenix team shows every game does not start when the lights go on, it starts off the field and growing close as a team.  “I consider every one of my teammates my friend,” said Jones. “I think that bond shows in the way we perform on the field.” This bond is leading this team to a place they know is within their reach, the state championship.

Jones’ game resembles LA Rams star Aaron Donald with the constant pressure he puts on offenses trying to block him. Donald, with former New York Giant great Lawrence Tayler, are two of Jones’ favorite players.  “Watching film of those guys,” said Jones. “Seeing them helps me see what I need to do and inspire me to be my best.”  That film study has allowed Jones to play in 30 games since his freshman year and become a team captain this year.  

Rising up against tough teams

Farmington has played not only tough region 1 teams, but since the 2020 season they have played the Corner Canyon Chargers twice, Lone Peak Knights, the defending 6A champions, and the Skyridge Falcons, all considered the top teams in the state.  Jones remembers his first career start against the Chargers and recording two sacks as a sophomore. These tough games have prepared Jones and the Phoenix for this year, this moment, and for this team to reach their ultimate goal of a state championship. Jones and his Phoenix teammates and coaches will be in the thick of the playoff race for a state championship this year and this team is ready to rise to the occasion when it is time. 

After high school plans

Colleges have recognized Jones as a top prospect as Weber State, Southern Utah, and Idaho schools have been in contact about continuing his education and playing football.  Jones does have a current scholarship offer from Utah Tech. Jones plans to serve a mission and then consider which college he would like to play football for.  “I’m just blessed to have the opportunity,” said Jones. “To keep playing and I will work my hardest wherever I end up.” “I think he can play at the next level,” said Phoenix defensive coordinator Cody Caputo.” “He would be one of the most dominant players in the state if he had the luxury to play one side of the ball.”

Jones plays with heart every play, and also displays his big heart when the action is not on the field. “Kainoa is one of the kindest players I have had the privilege of coaching,” said Caputo. “He is a teddy bear off the field, but a monster on the field.”  Jones can often be seen sharing laughs and smiles with younger kids that attend the games. Having fun is just the way Jones and the Phoenix want this journey to be, and a state championship is the icing on the cake for this team.

photo provided by Jody Rose

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