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Spring football capsule: Jefferson

Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county


Coach: Mike Fenton (fifth season, 20-15)

Last season: 6-5

District: Class 3A-8 (Blake, Dixie Hollins, Lakewood, Osceola, Spoto)

Key losses: OL Jarrod Gant, DB Kyle Holloman, LB Chad Loreus, OL Jason Tackenburg

Who's back: LB Paul Brown, OL Manny Cromuel, WR Andre Davis, DB Rashad Dunnigan, LB Otis Jones, DB Rodney Mills, LB Fred Overstreet, OL/DL Kevin Reeves, OL/DL Kevin Williams, QB Quentin Williams, OL/DL Garrett Wolfe

What's new: Fenton walked away from Friday's jamboree loss to Robinson confident that the poor performance was not indicative of the team he saw throughout spring practice. A handful of kids missed the game, including Davis and Jones. Ask Fenton about the Dragons and he first notes how young the roster is. Leading the offense will be Williams at quarterback and a handful of receivers. The passing game will have more wrinkles now that Williams is more experienced after starting as a sophomore.

Audible: "I'm excited with what's ahead of us. We drop down to (Class) 3A and I think we have a good chance to compete at that level. We have to get everyone here, playing at the same time." — Fenton

Did you know? Jefferson is one of two county teams with a playoff streak of 10 berths heading into 2009. Chamberlain also has 10 consecutive playoff berths. Hillsborough's streak ended at 10 when it missed the playoffs last year. Other notables include Armwood with a streak of seven, and Plant with four, including two state titles in the past three years.

Spring result: Lost 34-14 to Robinson

2009 schedule

Sept. 4at Hillsborough

Sept. 11vs. Newsome

Sept. 17at Plant

Sept. 25vs. Osceola

Oct. 2vs. Wharton

Oct. 9at Lakewood

Oct. 22vs. Spoto

Oct. 30at Dixie Hollins

Nov. 6at Blake

Nov. 13vs. Middleton

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Jefferson 05/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:20pm]
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