Close Calls Continue to Motivate Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars
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August 17, 2013 Louisville, GA-- So close again for another season, another state semifinal appearance keeps Thomas Jefferson churning in 2013.

The football drop off at Thomas Jefferson won't be too steep in. With a rich, powerful tradition, along with the loss of only four seniors, the Jaguars are aiming at the highest of bars.

More so than anything, the winning reputation is pushing Thomas Jefferson.

A difficult, two point loss in the GISA-A state semifinals is also keeping the Jaguars focused.

In his 13th season, head coach Chuck Wimberly knows he's got some talent, but it's some very young talent. This is a great opportunity for these fresh players to build their own reputation.

"If we're the only class that hasn't made it to the (state) semis or finals, that just wouldn't feel right. We have that drive to make it farther," quarterback Austin Richards said.

"That rich tradition, it breeds success. No one wants to let it down, no one wants to be the failure of being the team that let Thomas Jefferson Academy down and didn't win a game, or didn't compete for a region," coach Chuck Wimberly said.

Undersized and undermanned is somewhat of a mantra for Thomas Jefferson.

The Jaguars players lost to graduation were important on a 20-man roster, but leading rusher Justin Haycraft and Richards will stabilize the Jaguars offense