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Nederland's Jones named Coach of the Week


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –** Tuesday, Aaron Jones of Nederland High School was named the Denver Broncos' NFL High School Coach of the Week.

His team, the 8-man Nederland Panthers, defeated the West Grand Mustangs 42-12 in league play Saturday afternoon. Jarod Dillon*and *Ike Thibedeau each scored two touchdowns for the Panthers and Mike Wood had two touchdown passes, his third and fourth of the season.

The Panthers entered Saturday's  game with only two victories over their last 23 games, both of which were forfeits.

"I expected them to be happy. I expected them to be into it," Jones said. "They didn't go totally crazy, but they were excited, and you could tell. I was being even-keel. I just hugged all my guys, each and every one of them."

Jones, 39, graduated from and was the starting quarterback of Hartford High School in Wisconsin. He went on to play for Wisconsin-La Crosse before graduating in 1998, earning degrees in English and secondary education. He coached seven seasons at his high school alma mater before being named Nederland's head coach in 2006.

He is currently working toward a master's degree while teaching language arts at Nederland High School.

The Broncos will recognize 10 High School Coach of the Week honorees during the regular season, as well as a Coach of the Year at the end of the season. The program is presented by the Colorado National Guard with a selection committee led by *The Denver Post's *Neil Devlin. The committee also includes Broncos Ring of Fame defensive back Billy Thompson and 850 KOA's Andy Lindahl.

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