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Jefferson has skill players aplenty, including two of the county's top juniors on offense, but getting back to the Dragons' glory days will be decided in the trenches.


What they're saying about the Dragons

Coach Mike Fenton "I wish we had a few more linemen. It seems to be our problem every year. We're lacking in depth, on both sides of the ball. "

Coach Mike Fenton "I think we have a few more receivers this year. Andre Davis is getting a lot of attention, and its well deserved, but we have other guys who are just as capable and just as dangerous."

Alonso coach Mike Heldt "They're fast and they fly around. They have more athletes than you can shake two sticks at."

QB Quentin Williams "We talked about our freshman year, about going to states, I think we can do that this year."

QB Quentin Williams "My motto is 'prove them wrong.' Most of the time we've been talking about getting our 'get back.' I think that's all of our motto."

Friday Night Rewind The Dragons are so talented on both sides of the ball. Barring the injury bug, they can be playing into December.

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Additional charactersA few Dragons we'll be following on Fridays

QB Quentin Williams The junior is more mature and has lots of tools around him after throwing for 2,300 yards and 16 TDs in '08.

WR Andre Davis Williams' favorite target - they've known each other since first grade.

TE/LB Fred Overstreet Versatile H-back's play will be pivotal on both sides of the ball.

OT Garrett Wolfe Senior anchors a talented, but thin, line. Could see snaps on defense as well.

LB Otis Jones Hard-hitter in a strong safety's body, Fenton said he's probably the team's best defender.

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Tweet and sour

Why the Dragons will make the playoffs


The experienced underclassmen progress; they beat Spoto, Lakewood or both.

Why the Dragons may not make the playoffs


They take a shot on the line and the backups can't step up.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

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

Last season: 6-5

Class: 3A, District 8

Colors: Blue and gold

Stadium: Dr. Sam Horton Stadium, 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa

Playoff history: 1975, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Last appearance: Lost 14-7 to Bradenton Southeast