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Withrow’s 2021 Football Season Huge Success On and Off The Field

After a 2020 pandemic-shortened 1-6 season, the Tigers have a new attitude. This year they had a 9-1 winning season and were in the postseason playoffs for the first time since 2013, when they lost a playoff game. They finished this season ranked 8th in Ohio and played 9th ranked Troy in a first playoff game. Troy scored the first touchdown, but the Tigers then scored 29 points for Withrow’s first playoff win in 102 years. Senior running back Ty’Aris Stevenson ran for 256 yards and a touchdown, while senior quarterback Antwonex Fant ran for 78 and a score and threw a touchdown to fellow senior Donsha Knox. Consistent with its season of four shutouts, the defense remained strong. The Tigers then played the No. 1 seed Piqua the following week but lost a close game 17-13 and finished the season 9-2.

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WIN a Joe Burrow Framed Signed Jersey and Help the Withrow Football Team

We are raffling off a professionally framed Joe Borrow jersey, which will be a treasure to any Bengals fan or avid sports memorabilia collector. The $20 raffle tickets may be purchased by clicking HERE. There’s no limit on the number of tickets purchased. The raffle will close on Friday, Oct 29 at 5pm EST.  The winner will be drawn during halftime of the football game that evening, which will be the first playoff game with the time and place to be announced.  You do not need to be present to win.  We will ship to the contiguous United States.

The Withrow football team has gifted and talented student athletes with heart, dedication and drive.  They have a coaching staff that cares deeply about them; volunteers who would move mountains for them, and a support system that loves them.  What the program DOESN’T have is money for the basics like new equipment, college visit expenses and nutrition.  They are behind before they even take the field without additional financial support.  The existing financial resources are simply not enough, and that’s why fundraising is so critical to a program like ours.

Joe Burrow, the 2020 #1 Draft pick and Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback, acknowledged in his Heisman Trophy speech the importance of organized sports especially in inner-city schools. That certainly rings true with the Withrow High School Football Program.  After hearing our story, Joe Borrow graciously gave us a signed jersey (something he doesn’t do often!) to raffle off and raise money for the football program.  All money from each ticket sold goes directly to the Withrow’s football program and helps Withrow’s Student Athletes with pre-game meals, academics, buying program essentials and more.  Every dollar raised is critical!

Even if you don’t win the jersey, you’re a winner by buying a ticket and supporting the program. Thank you for supporting these amazing young men of the Withrow High School football program. Your support will provide essentials that can alter the lives of Withrow’s football student athletes.  

Go Tigers!

Withrow Tiger Classic Successful Again

On a perfect June afternoon, dozens of golfers, alumni and friends of Withrow, took to the Grizzly course at the Mason Golf Center to have fun and raise money for the Withrow Tiger football team. After registration and a Skyline lunch, the tournament began with a shotgun start. The day ended with a dinner and program hosted by Solomon Wilcox and Coach Kali Jones. As a special treat Coach Jones’s father Rok Jones brought together his band from 20 years ago to play before and after dinner. Coach Jones summed up the day as follows:

“Now that some time has gone by and the dust has settled, let me acknowledge a few people and things.

If you know me and you didn’t make the Golf Outing…you missed a great time! Anyone who knows anything about our program knows that we have an awesome team that fuels this machine and it starts with Nicole Thomas Fredrick. I can’t thank her enough for all the hard work and dedication shown to these boys and the program! The selfless hours of dedication and volunteering has been recognized but few know HOW much you put in. Thank you!! To Meggan B. Sulfsted and Anjanette France, thank you for joining our committee to help propel this event to one of THE BEST golf outings in the Cincinnati area! To all the other volunteer team members, Thank you! I want to personally thank all of you for your hard work and sacrifice during this event!

To ALL the Alumni and staff, Nichelle M. Bolden, Berdo Allen, Lauren Hope and others that showed…I hope you enjoyed the time!

To my Pops Rok Jones! Thanks for putting the band back together it was awesome! People couldn’t believe you guys hadn’t played in over 20 years! Keith, Eric, Allen, Deron Bell, man y’all showed out!

Finally to my Wife and family! I am not the coach I am today without you! Latricia Jones, you hold it down in so many ways and have sacrificed so much in being the wife of a coach…..the ultimate sacrifice since 2008.

With the funds from last year’s outing, we were able to visit several college football camps, which coaches from many colleges visited. We are certain several scholarships will be granted from those visits. The outing is done, the camps are almost over. Now it’s time for the season!

Jones out….”

Beyond the Classroom – Withrow Athletics


by Jonas L. Smith, CAA, Withrow Athletic Director

The Withrow Athletic Department’s culture and mindset have changed drastically over the past few years. We have revamped our coaching staff with highly qualified individuals in all our sports. Our coaches truly understand the meaning of a student-athlete. That means school sports are an extension of a classroom, and they teach responsibilities of time management, working with others, and paying attention to detail. Withrow’s coaching staff understands academics come first and athletics second.

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Withrow Football’s New Era

The 1st annual Tiger Classic is another innovation of Head Coach Kali Jones’s new football era. Nothing’s been the same since Coach Jones took over in 2019. Last year’s football team accomplishments include:

  • The highest GPA in recent years.
  • More wins, more points scored, fewer points allowed.
  • Increased player attendance at practices and games.
  • Better nutrition, better training, fewer injuries and fewer behavioral issues.
  • Increased moral and support by the school, parents and local community. Attendance rose with each game during the season.

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