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Charles "Chuck" Jones

Bremerton Destroyers - Halfback

1935; 1938

Chuck Jones is the All-Time leader for rushing yards in a game.  Amazingly that record has stood for over 70 years.  On November 21, 1938 Jones exploded for 298 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 50-0 smashing of the Grays Harbor Indians.  Jones' scores included dashes of 67, 79 and 83 yards.  The Destroyers rushed for a then-record of 1,919 yards in 10 games in 1938.  A feat unheard of in the early days of football that was dominated by defenses.


As a member of the Bremerton Destroyers, Jones was the go-to-guy all over the field.  In 1935 Jones was the starting linebacker on defense, tailback on offense and kicker on special teams.  The true Ironman in every sense of the word, the 1935 Thanksgiving game against Port Townsend, Chuck played all 60 minutes, never leaving the field.  He also had a string of 20 consecutive pass receptions without a drop in an era when the forward pass was a rare occurrence.  He was voted to the 1st Team of the Northwest League as left halfback.


Jones’ fame spread far in the fall months of 1936, and one San Francisco sports writer who had seen him play made mention in a sports column that the Bremerton star could make any college backfield on the Pacific Coast that year.  Jones' 1935 season with the Destroyers was sandwiched between prep seasons with the Bremerton High School Wildcats (1934, 1936)