There are two images of Roger Jones at Channel Islands High.
On campus, he is rarely without a basketball under his arm. When a pickup game is formed during lunch period, Jones impresses friends with quick moves and slam dunks.
On the football field, he is rarely without a quarterback under his arm. When the 6-1, 195-pound senior plays defensive tackle, he impresses friends with quick moves and body slams.
Jones joined the Raider football team a week late this season because his mother wanted him to concentrate on basketball. After convincing her that he could do both--and well--Jones has recorded a school-record 22 sacks this season, helping the Raiders to the Coastal Conference final Friday night at Thousand Oaks.
The transition from Basketball Jones to Football Jones has rattled some quarterbacks' bones.
"Roger is a very good basketball player," football Coach Joel Gershon said. "He was going to concentrate on hoops, but his mom relented and said go ahead and play football."
The sack-happy Jones can resume being slam-happy next week when he joins the basketball team as a small forward.
But his quickness may be impaired in the final. Jones suffered a severely sprained ankle in Channel Islands' 42-6 win over Canyon last week.
"He'll strap it up and go," Gershon said. "Roger has been such a big-play guy. He's made great things happen for us."
Channel Islands also set a school record with 28 interceptions, a record for which Jones can take pride.
"A lot of credit goes to the pressure Jones put on quarterbacks," Gershon said. "He hurried a lot of throws."
Jones, is one of seven first-team players on the All-County team from either Channel Islands or Thousand Oaks, the only teams in the County still playing. In addition, there are five second-team and five honorable-mention selections from the two schools.
Channel Islands and Thousand Oaks are both Marmonte League teams, and as would be expected in a league full of fine running backs, they were led by exceptional ballcarriers. Marc Monestime of Thousand Oaks has been Mr. Consistency for three years. The senior, who is a native of Haiti, has rushed for 1,596 yards and 18 touchdowns in 251 carries this season, which gives him a county-record 3,984 career yards. "Marc is a slashing type of runner that works well behind our offensive line," Thousand Oaks Coach Bob Richards said. "And he is relentless.". . . . Channel Islands counters with junior John Johnson, a breakaway threat who has gained 1,577 yards and 26 touchdowns in 160 carries for an astounding average of 9.8 yards a carry. Johnson has rushed for more than 800 yards in the past four weeks, including games of 241, 223 and 195 yards. "John is understanding how good he can be," Gershon said. "The game is becoming easier each week for him.". . . . Camarillo's Bill Bell set a school record by ringing up 1,454 yards rushing in 266 carries. The senior, whose zigzagging running style confounded defenders, also scored 11 touchdowns. Bell helped Camarillo to a surprising third-place finish in the Marmonte League. Bell was able to stop on a dime, shifting gears while would-be tacklers flew past him. . . . Santa Paula's running backs had no chance to pile up yardage in Coach Mike Tsoutsouvas' passing offense. But quarterback Will McInerney benefited handsomely. Only 5-9, McInerney was described by Tsoutsouvas as "The Joe Kapp of Ventura County," after the quarterback led the Southern Section with 22 touchdown passes in the regular season. McInerney, who added a touchdown and 201 yards passing in a playoff game, threw for 1,958 yards while throwing only 6 interceptions. The scrappy senior scrambler passed largely from a shotgun formation and completed 158 of 246 passes for a percentage of 64.2.
Marcos Sanchez was more than McInerney's favorite receiver at Santa Paula. When the quarterback was scrambling for his life looking for a friendly face, Sanchez was the one most often found. He had a knack for coming back to the ball and had great leaping ability to make spectacular catches. The senior with the soft hands caught a county-high 61 passes for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns. . . . The most dangerous deep threat in the County was David Eggert of Ventura. The Cougars' ploy was to lull defenses to sleep by pounding up the middle over and over, then Eggert would dash under a long pass from quarterback Jason Matheny and make the catch for a big gain. Eggert, a senior, caught 38 passes for 724 yards and 6 touchdowns. "David has graceful moves and deceptive speed," Coach Harvey Kochel said. Eggert averaged 19.1 yards a catch in helping Ventura to a record of 10-2, including the Channel League title.