Harrison Central’s Jordon Beaton squats record 800 pounds
On the football field, Jordon Beaton is a disruptive force. His job is to cause chaos by breaking into the offensive backfield and demolishing whoever has the football.
The Sun Herald's All-South Mississippi selection was quite good at that role -- so much so that he signed a scholarship in February to Jones County Junior College.
Powerlifting opponents see a different side of the 6-foot-3, 274-pounder -- but with a similar result.
The determination is there. And the raw power is definitely there. But the defensive lineman is a much more tranquil individual when he approaches the bar.
"It's a very peaceful feeling to be honest," Beaton said Wednesday. "Before I lift I usually take my time and think about all the negative things that have happened to me and focus in on that.
"I lift for a reason. I lift for my family and to make sure I can do good."
A lot of lifters may scream or freak out in an effort to pump themselves up.
That's not Beaton.
"I know I'm going to be successful so I just go through my form and technique," he said.
Last Saturday, Harrison Central's senior was one of the best at the Class 6A South State meet, hosted at Gulfport.
Beaton set an all-time 275-pound weight class record with his 800-pound squat. His 1,790 total points also set a new mark.
"I think I did all right," Beaton said, downplaying the achievement. "There's still more that I can do. I'm still working hard to improve."
Long time coming
HCHS coach Robert Browne isn't surprised by Beaton's success -- not after seeing his pupil's transformation over the past couple of years.
As a sophomore, a gauntlet was thrown down between the two.
"He said, 'by the time I'm a senior I'm going to be stronger than you,'" said Browne, whose physique resembles a professional body builder. "I didn't believe him. I said you're not because your work ethic isn't where it needs to be -- but he did it. He worked hard."
"But! I can still bench more than him," he joked.
"He still has me by like 40 pounds on the bench press but I have him on everything else," Beaton clarified.
That conversation Beaton's sophomore season was the beginning of what has become a strong bond between Browne and Beaton.
"Our relationship is amazing. I see a lot of potential in kids when they don't actually see it in themselves. (Beaton) has always had the confidence," Browne said. "He's just a mild demeanored kid. Everything is yes sir and no sir. He lets his work ethic and actions speak louder and I admire that about a kid with his ability."
It was Browne's confidence that, at least in part, propelled Beaton to Saturday's record breaking performance.
"I expected to (lift 800). With Coach Browne being my coach I feel like I have the best coach to do something like that. When it came down to it I was fully focused and I knew I could do it," Beaton said. "One thing about Coach Browne, usually a coach just directs you how to do it. Coach Browne actually works out with us. As we do, he does also."
So what's next?
The Class 6A Powerlifting Championship is set for April 16 at the Mississippi Coliseum.
The Red Rebel duo said they have more in store for the state's largest stage, but they're keeping their plans under wraps until Jackson.
"With hard work I think I can do anything," Beaton said.