Jones captures first-ever Wes award

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

For nearly 40 years Wes Montgomery left the crowd howling in laughter at the annual Edmonton Eskimos' dinner.

From shots at Hugh Campbell to Bryan Hall, he often stole the show.

But from now on, Montgomery will also be remembered at every dinner for helping amateur football.

Tristan Jones - the Edmonton Wildcats' all-star running back - is the first-ever recipient of the Edmonton Sun Wes Montgomery Memorial Award and the accompanying $2,000 educational bursary.

"It's just overwhelming," said Jones last night.

"I have never been to an outing like this (gala dinner) or to be awarded at an outing like this. It's beyond what I ever expected football to bring me."

The award was kept a tight secret until Tuesday morning, leaving Jones less than 48 hours to find a suit for the occasion.

He aced that task with flying colours and is hoping to continue the trend this weekend when the Wildcats host the St. Leonard Cougars in the Canadian junior football semifinal.

Setting five national records this fall - including most rushing yards and most points - Jones has led the Cats to an 8-0 record. They also won two playoff games.

However, debt in school has been a tougher opponent to outrun, meaning the financial award is very valuable.

"School is very important, and this is an immense help," he remarked.


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