Jefferson County gains confidence, motivation during offseason

August 19, 2013 It's an experience that they don't want to feel again. A rare losing season for Jefferson County.

It was the first losing season for the Warriors in almost a decade, since 2003.

Last year, the Warriors made the move to the GHSA-AAA classification, and it took half of the season for their confidence to catch up to the competition.

A four win season isn't acceptable to Jefferson head coach JB Arnold. The Warriors have a defense with a lot of high goals and the talent to back it up.

Two players in the secondary have already committed to play football at the next level. Laderrick Hammond has given his verbal to Marshall University and TJ Clark has been offered by South Alabama.

It is true, the Warriors are stuck in a very difficult region, but they're up for the challenge this year.

"It comes down to that your players have to make plays, and have the confidence in themselves to make plays," Warriors head coach Arnold said.

"I think that was the difference. Once we realized that we can compete with these people, we can win playoff games...if we go out and play, no matter who we're playing, we'll give ourselves a chance to win."

"The team goals are just to be a team...equal parts. Once we do that, I think we'll maintain and go a long way," Warriors corner Hammond said.

The Warriors offense made a major impression this offseason.

Jefferson came in second at the North Gwinnett seven on seven passing tournament which featured teams from all over the southeast. The offense needs a boost after struggling in 2012.


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