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Look: UCLA commit, St. John Bosco RB Cameron Jones' large performance vs. Mater Dei inspired by losses on, off field

After rugged 6-foot-2, 235-pound back rushes for 134 yards and scores two touchdowns, he says defeat to Kahuku a month ago and loss of father three years ago pushed him

BELLFLOWER, CALIFORNIA — Standing 6 feet, 2 inches and weighing 235 points, St. John Bosco senior Cameron Jones is a big body. And he carries a very large presence. His nickname is "The Bulldozer." 

On Friday night, in a stunningly lopsided 28-0 home victory against national No. 1 Mater Dei, Jones ran over would-be tacklers to the tune of 134 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown and made a circus 16-yard TD grab to carry his team. 

""We learned on him the entire game," St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro said. "You know we have the heart of a champion and until someone knocks us off we're going to continue to fight. 

"Cameron is a big part of that heart." 

The UCLA commit showed not only with his rugged and determined running, but by flailing fists. Exalting strength and emotion to his team, the packed crowd and fans right behind the Bosco bench at Panish Family Stadium. 

"I couldn't sleep last night," Jones told SBLive reporter Myckena Guerrero. "It was like Christmas the next day. I came in hot. I Ioved it. I loved the energy (of the game)."

Cameron Jones after another big play on Friday night.

Cameron Jones after another big play on Friday night.

That energy was fueled a month earlier with a shocking 30-23 loss to Kahuku in Hawaii. The year before, the host Braves handled the Red Raiders 34-7. 

The loss last month definitely refocused Bosco (7-1), which dropped from second to seventh nationally after the defeat. Jones said the Braves regrouped and were not going to be denied. 

"We came in Monday and already knew what we had to do," Jones said. "We talked about the brotherhood and you could see we all came in and played for each other. 

"Honestly it wasn't just me. The quarterback (Caleb Sanchez) played a big part of it. The defense played a big part. They held it down." 

Jones said he's constantly inspired to play the game because of his late father. He committed to UCLA purposely on July 2nd, his father's birthday. 

"He passed away three years ago and it was always his dream for me to go to college and play football at the Power 5 level," he said. 

Jones also had a message for his future UCLA teammates: He sported a UCLA T-shirt after the game. 

"I'm coming next year," he said. "We're gonna get it done. We're gonna be even better."

Cameron Jones ran through and around Mater Dei would-be tacklers all night.

Cameron Jones ran through and around Mater Dei would-be tacklers all night.