Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Mike Fenton (third season, 14-10)
Last season: 5-7 (lost to Plant in second round of 4A playoffs)
District: Class 4A-10 (Blake, Leto, Plant)
Key losses: OL Sebastian Cadavid, RB Jamil Crews, QB Zack Grossi, DL Max Holloway, LB Gorby Loreus, WR Darrell Young
Who's back: WR Devion Falconer, OL/DL Jarrod Gant, DB Kyle Holloman, DB/KR Lent Lewis, WR Rodney Mills, LB/FB Fred Overstreet, WR Jose Rodriguez, DB Kenneth Spain, OL Jake Tackenburg, QB Quentin Williams, RB Mark Winters, DE/OL Garret Wolfe
What's new: Most of the starting lineup. Jefferson, which will have one of the youngest teams around, returns only seven (three on offense; four on defense) with starting experience. But Fenton, who has been at Jefferson for a decade, says this group reminds him of the 2003 graduating class, which led the Dragons to the 2002 championship game. Williams (6-1, 180 pounds), who will be a sophomore, is a gifted signal caller with the tools to be a star. Fenton said at this stage he compares favorably to two players he once coached: Stephen Garcia and Kenny Kelly. Jefferson is likely to play five receivers, each of whom has considerable skill. Special teams is another place where Jefferson appears to be strong. In Marcus Johnson and Lewis, the Dragons believe they have two game-changing returners.
Audible: "We're going to be very competitive. I know we're going to win games. I know that. How deep we go in the playoffs remains to be seen. But I'm pretty confident the year after and the year after that, we may be a state contender." — Fenton
Did you know? Mills, a junior, is the cousin of former Jefferson linebacker C.J. Mills, who was murdered last year. Fenton said Mills likely will be a Division I-A player some day.
Spring result: Beat Robinson 27-7
Sept. 5 vs.
Sept. 12 at
Sept. 26 vs. Gaither
Oct. 3 at
Oct. 10 vs. Leto
Oct. 16 at
Oct. 24 at Blake
Oct. 31 vs. Alonso
Nov. 7 vs. Plant
Nov. 14 at
Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer