Jones Longhorns OK 2024 Team Preview - Prep Redzone (2024)

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Carlos Hardeman 6'0" | ATH | 2026 OK
Riley Ellefson 6'6" | 225 lbs | TE | 2025 OK
Acyn Hansen 6'0" | QB | 2026 OK
Creighton Jones 6'4" | ATH | 2025 OK
Luke DeBusk 6'1" | 215 lbs | LB | 2026 OK
Jack Mendoza 6'2" | 270 lbs | OL | 2026 OK

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It’s the month of July and that means it’s preview time! Throughout the month of July and even into August, we are publishing well over 100 of the most in-depth team previews that you’ll find anywhere to get you completely ready for the 2024 football season. This is something that began for us at PRZ-Oklahoma in 2021 and it continues to get bigger and better every single year. We’re looking forward to diving deep into the top teams across the state in every class. From defending champions, to the top contenders and plenty of dark horses and other teams to know, we’ll have complete coverage every single day. There will be multiple previews dropping every single day! In this post, we take a look at the Jones Longhorns!

Jones Longhorns

Preseason Prep Redzone Ranking: #3 In Class 2A-1
Preseason Coaches Ranking: #2 In Class 2A-1

Head Coach: Kevin Witt – 3rd Season – 21-7 Record At Jones

2023 RESULTS (11-3 Record – Lost In Class 2A Semifinals)

Aug. 25th – Beat Bethany 26-14
Sept. 1st – Lost To Lincoln Christian 56-34
Sept. 8th – Lost To Washington 34-8
Sept. 22nd – Beat Star Spencer 40-0
Sept. 29th – Beat Crossings Christian 32-10
Oct. 6th – Beat Luther 30-12
Oct. 12th – Beat Meeker 36-8
Oct. 20th – Beat Chandler 57-28
Oct. 26th – Beat Kellyville 57-0
Nov. 3rd – Beat Bethel 63-7
1st Round – Beat Chisholm 53-8
2nd Round – Beat Davis 30-26
Quarterfinals – Beat Victory Christian 56-36
Semifinals – Lost To Washington 35-34

2023 Offensive Scoring Average: 39.7 Points Per Game
2023 Defensive Scoring Average: 19.6 Points Per Game

The Jones Longhorns made another run to the Class 2A semifinals in 2023 but the season would once again come to an end at the hand of the Washington Warriors. The Longhorns came into the 2023 season as the number three team in the Class 2A rankings but they also knew it would be a tough road to start the season. They played Lincoln Christian and Washington in weeks one and two and those two teams would go on to win the Class 3A and Class 2A state championships respectively. The Longhorns lost to both and went into a much-needed bye week with a 1-2 record to start. But once district play began, Jones would reach a new gear and they absolutely dominated their way to a district championship. Not only were they unbeaten in district play, they were unchallenged as they won every district match-up by at least 18 points. The 30-12 win over Luther in week six was their closest district contest. The offense was scoring at will and the defense was shutting teams down. This team was rolling as they went into the playoffs with an 8-2 mark. They beat up Chisholm in the first round before surviving a scare in the second round against traditional power Davis. They won a high-scoring affair with Victory Christian in the quarterfinals and had a rematch with Washington in the semifinals and it ended in heartbreak. The Longhorns jumped out to an 18-0 lead but the Warriors came roaring back and beat Jones in the semifinals for the second straight year. But the 2024 season brings a lot of new for the Longhorns and this is still going to be one of the top teams in their class.

2024 OUTLOOK

We mentioned “a lot of new” coming in 2024 and it starts with the class itself. Class 2A (along with Classes A and B) is now split into two divisions and the Longhorns find themselves in the larger of the two divisions. They have familiar faces like Washington, Millwood and others in Class 2A-1 but the Longhorns are still one of the top teams, coming into this season at #3 in our preseason rankings for the second straight year. More of the “new” this season is the team itself. They bring back only three starters on the offensive side of the ball and will have a rebuilt offensive line, along with a new quarterback. But Jones is definitely on the shortlist of programs that seem to produce quarterbacks at a very high level. Defensively, the Longhorns bring back four starters on that side of the ball but there is some serious experience on that side along with production on the field. And while the Longhorns might have to replace the majority of their starters from last year’s team, they will benefit from some relief in the non-district schedule. In the last two years, they played arguably one of the toughest non-district schedules in the state. That’s not the case this year. While there are still challenges, they are not as daunting and that should help the new starters. Jones needs those young guys to come along quickly though because while the non-district slate isn’t as daunting, the district schedule is just that. Especially in the first two weeks of district play, Jones will face arguably the two toughest district opponents. But the Longhorns have the talent and the pedigree to make another run in 2024.

KEY LOSSES TO GRADUATION

Braydon Scott – Wide Receiver
Clayton Creasey – Quarterback

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Acyn Hansen
OK QB

HEIGHT 6'0"

POS QB

CLASS 2026

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Acyn Hansen

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

We mentioned earlier how Jones is on that shortlist of top programs when it comes to producing quarterbacks. After losing Creasey to graduating, the Longhorns have reloaded with Acyn Hansen Acyn Hansen 6'0" | QB Jones | 2026 State OK ready to take the reigns at QB1 this fall. Hansen is the younger brother of Justice and Kanan Hasen, who both started at Edmond Santa Fe. So from a pure genetics standpoint, Acyn has a chance to be a breakout player in the Jones offense this season. Now, it’s his time to shine and in our limited opportunity to see him this spring, he certainly passed the eye test. Last year, he saw some playing time throughout the season and he showed the ability to run the ball at a high level.

Highlights

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Carlos Hardeman

HEIGHT 6'0"

POS ATH

CLASS 2026

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Carlos Hardeman

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

Junior standout Carlos Hardeman Carlos Hardeman 6'0" | ATH Jones | 2026 OK is a new player to watch for the Longhorns after having a stellar sophom*ore season with Classen SAS at the quarterback position. While Jones doesn’t need Hardeman to play quarterback this season, it’s nice to have that wildcard up their sleeve if they need it. What Hardeman will be doing is giving Jones a versatile athlete on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Simply put, Hardeman knows how to make plays and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if he becomes their best two-way player this fall. He had some very special individual performances last season and he’s expecting to do the same in 2024.

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Jack Mendoza
OK OL

HEIGHT 6'2"

WEIGHT 270

POS OL

CLASS 2026

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Jack Mendoza

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

Another area to watch this season is the offensive line as the Longhorns have to replace four of the five starters from last year. The lone returning starter is junior Jack Mendoza Jack Mendoza 6'2" | 270 lbs | OL Jones | 2026 State OK but Mendoza is already considered one of the top guys at his position in the state’s 2026 class. He was a young offensive lineman on a line full of seniors and still found a way to stand out. And when you look at the impact he had last season as a sophom*ore, it should get you excited for what is possible for him moving forward. Not only will Mendoza be the key to the Jones offensive line, he’ll be able to bring those younger and inexperienced guys along and that should benefit the whole offense.

Highlights

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Luke DeBusk
OK LB

HEIGHT 6'1"

WEIGHT 215

POS LB

CLASS 2026

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Luke DeBusk
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State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

Junior linebacker Luke DeBusk Luke DeBusk 6'1" | 215 lbs | LB Jones | 2026 State OK is going to be a three-year starter for the Longhorn defense coming into this season. This is a Jones defense that has to replace the majority of their starters but the fact that DeBusk is returning will give them a boost. Not only in terms of production but he should be able to help the new starters just from an experience standpoint because he’s been in so many games and different situations. Last season, DeBusk finished his sophom*ore season with nearly 150 tackles on the year. This season, we expect his production to go up and he’s going to definitely be one of the top linebackers in Class 2A-1 and in the state overall.

Highlights

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Riley Ellefson
OK TE

HEIGHT 6'6"

WEIGHT 225

POS TE

CLASS 2025

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Riley Ellefson

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

Senior tight end Riley Ellefson Riley Ellefson 6'6" | 225 lbs | TE Jones | 2025 State OK is going to be the “X-Factor” of this Jones offense throughout the 2024 season. As Hansen becomes more comfortable in the offense, we expect Ellefson to be one of his top targets early on because of his significant size advantage. Ellefson is listed at 6’6 and there aren’t going to be many teams that have the personnel to counter what Ellefson can do, specifically in the red zone. But while his receiving will provide a significant boost to the offense, don’t overlook him putting his hand in the dirt and becoming an extension of this offensive line. With four new starters, the Longhorns could use Ellefson helping out on the edge.

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MORE NAMES TO KNOW

Chase Pitts – 2025 Wide Receiver
Creighton Jones Creighton Jones 6'4" | ATH Jones | 2025 State OK – 2025 Athlete
Cruse Cranford – 2025 Defensive Lineman
Dorian Wiley – 2026 Defensive Lineman
Drew Thomas – 2027 Defensive Back
Hunter Purvis – 2027 Running Back/Wide Receiver
Kaleb Chapple – 2025 Defensive Lineman
Mason Templeton – 2025 Linebacker
Michael Renfro – 2027 Offensive Lineman

2024 SCHEDULE/GAMES TO CIRCLE

Aug. 29th – Luther
Sept. 6th – AT Kiefer
– Jones isn’t a stranger to playing difficult non-district schedules and this year is no different. In week one, the Longhorns will hit the road to face a Kiefer team that also made a run to the Class 2A semifinals a year ago. The Trojans are a preseason top ten team in the newly formed Class 2A-1. And when you look at the schedule for the Longhorns, the first half of the schedule is definitely the more challenging section as Jones will be facing off with three teams that are inside the top ten of the 2A-1 preseason rankings.
Sept. 13th – Bethany
Sept. 27th – Perry
– After a bye week in week three, Jones will open up district play at home against Perry. The Maroons are a new district foe for Jones and this will be their first meeting since Jones beat Perry in the 2019 playoffs. And as we mentioned earlier in the preview, this district on paper looks like the most difficult district in Class 2A-1. Getting out to a fast start in district play is going to be critical and wins are going to be at a premium because these teams could end up beating each other up. This has the makings of a very physical game.
Oct. 4th – AT Millwood
– One week after a top ten clash with Perry, Jones will hit the road for another monumental district showdown when they face Millwood. The Falcons are #2 in our 2A-1 preseason rankings and coming off back to back trips to the state championship game and show no signs of slowing down. These two teams were district opponents in 2020 and 2021 and they split the two meetings. Both teams expect to contend for the state championship this fall so needless to say, the district championship could end up being decided here in week five.
Oct. 11th – Crooked Oak
Oct. 17th – AT Chisholm
Oct. 25th – AT Mount St. Mary
Nov. 1st – Oklahoma Christian School
Nov. 8th – AT Blackwell

NOTABLE

In each of the last two seasons, Jones has made runs to the Class 2A semifinals and have won at least ten games in the process. And that has come after absolutely brutal non-district schedules. In 2022, Jones began the season with an 0-3 mark and followed that up with a district championship and then a playoff run to the Class 2A semifinals. Last year, they began the season with a 1-2 record after back to back losses to the eventual Class 3A and Class 2A state champions. But again, Jones would rally and absolutely dominate their way to a district championship. And the Longhorns would make another run to the Class 2A semifinals and they would run into the Warriors for the fourth consecutive time in the playoffs. And for the fourth consecutive time, Washington would end the season for the Longhorns. But if Jones and Washington both win the district title this season, they’ll be on opposite sides of the bracket and Jones wouldn’t face them until the state championship game in Edmond.

LAST FIVE SEASONS

2023 – 11-3 – Lost In Class 2A Semifinals
2022 – 10-4 – Lost In Class 2A Semifinals
2021 – 8-4 – Lost In Class 2A 2nd Round
2020 – 9-3 – Lost In Class 2A 3rd Round
2019 – 10-2 – Lost In Class 2A 2nd Round

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

1 State Championship

2016 – Beat Plainview 16-6

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Acyn Hansen
OK QB

HEIGHT 6'0"

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CLASS 2026

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Acyn Hansen

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

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Carlos Hardeman

HEIGHT 6'0"

POS ATH

CLASS 2026

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Carlos Hardeman

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

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Jack Mendoza
OK OL

HEIGHT 6'2"

WEIGHT 270

POS OL

CLASS 2026

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Jack Mendoza

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

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Luke DeBusk
OK LB

HEIGHT 6'1"

WEIGHT 215

POS LB

CLASS 2026

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Luke DeBusk
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State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

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Riley Ellefson
OK TE

HEIGHT 6'6"

WEIGHT 225

POS TE

CLASS 2025

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Riley Ellefson

State: Oklahoma

School: Jones

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