In his fifth season coaching at his alma mater, Jones guided the Poets' storied program back to the top of the area rankings.

Finishing 24-3, Dunbar won the Baltimore City Division I championship for the first time since 2004 and captured a third consecutive Class 1A state title. With the 60-36 victory over New Town in the final, Dunbar tied Allegany for the most state crowns with 14 and Jones earned his 100th win.

After opening the season with 13 straight wins, the Poets went on a midseason skid, losing three of five games. Jones, a disciplinarian, preached hard work, defense and trusting one another to get the team back on course. The Poets closed out the season with nine straight wins, and they finished 3-0 against fellow state title teams, beating Patterson twice (including in the Baltimore City championship) and Lake Clifton.

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