FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Just like most teams, the 2013 season started for Nick Jones and South Florence this summer - hitting the weight room and practice field for two-a-days, and he was confident there was something special here.
"It was just the dedication of the players, and the coaches, and it was the little things, like being there on time, not leaving too early during workouts and stuff," Jones said.
And it's that work ethic that helped him fulfill his teams potential, taking South Florence to its first ever undefeated regular season.
"Well, Nick is a product of his work ethic," explained Bruin head coach David Prince. "He's got a thunderbolt for an arm. Sometimes we have to tell him to take a little bit off his passes because the receivers can't handle them."
From Week Zero on, he more than answered the call, throwing for more than 2,700 yards, and 36 touchdowns through the air. He also got it done on the ground, tacking on 11 more trips to the endzone when deciding to tuck and run. And it all led to help make South Florence history this year.
"The dynamics of our receivers helped too," Jones pointed out. "The speed, the size, the toughness, the strength. We just brought it all together."
And the gunslinger was prolific with that passing attack: Five different Bruin receivers had 25 or more receptions this year. Like most of the Bruins, Jones is only a junior. And while the team's run to perfection was cut short by Stratford in the second round of the postseason, he is determined to prevent that from happening in his final year.
"It was terrible knowing we had a record breaking season, and we came up short at the end," he said. "That's just something we don't ever want to experience again. I can't let my team go through that again. And I'll do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen again."
Jones beat out our three other finalists, Myrtle Beach running back Brandon Sinclair (winner of the viewer vote), who won a state title with the Seahawks in December, Socastee quarterback Hunter Renfrow, who guided the Braves to their second straight 10-0 regular season, and Latta lineman Donnell Stanley, a Mr. Football finalist, and South Carolina Gamecock commit.