By DANNY P. SMITH
The Washington School Generals found out Thursday afternoon that it can be hard to keep up with the Joneses of Starkville Academy's soccer team.
Patrick Jones scored three goals and Matt Jones added another in the first half leading the Volunteers to a 6-0 victory against the Generals at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Even though Patrick Jones is one of the senior members of the team, he wasn't about to take all of the credit for the success enjoyed by SA during the match.
"We had a good overall team effort today," Patrick Jones said. "We passed the ball well and we possessed. (We) had a very good possession time."
Despite his humble nature, Patrick Jones does accept the responsibility that rests upon a senior.
"We're kind of a young team with a couple of seniors and we're just trying to lead these guys in the right direction," Patrick Jones said.
Starkville Academy, which improved to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the North AAA Conference, kicked off 2011 on the right foot in what coach Robert Gardner called the "best performance of the season" so far.
The Vols definitely didn't appear to be thrown off their game after a 27-day layoff during the holiday break.
"We actually brought them in the week after Christmas and watched video three days in a row," Gardner said. "We were able to show them some things and break a few things down. We had a great week of practice and it showed."
Patrick Jones scored the first two goals as SA took a 2-0 lead, then Matt Jones closed the half with a score to increase the margin to 3-0.
In the second half, Patrick Jones found the net once again, but had some help in the scoring department from Michael Temple and Jamison McKee.
Gardner said Patrick Jones was one of those players to take advantage of the time in the video room and he transferred it to the game field.
"Patrick has gotten a lot better just on work rate alone, but he's had a very good week of practice," Gardner said. "I'm extremely happy with the performance today. The two that have done extremely well this week are Jamison McKee and Patrick Jones and it obviously it showed up
The Vols get back on the soccer field for competition Saturday at Lamar School in Meridian.