Sunday, August 5, 2012
Louisville, GA -- The tradition at the Thomas Jefferson Academy doesn't have too many flaws the last few years. The Jaguars spent five straight years playing for state titles, bringing two of those back to Louisville.
Now, after a rare season without one of those appearances, the goal is singular.
The Jaguars lost most of their skill players from last year's state semi-final team, but they're ready to make a run back to the championship.
The lines will be strong and experienced, and lead back Michael Bridges returns, but when all is said and done, the desire to add their mark on such a storied program, is the driving factor this time around.
Senior lineman Seth Evans said, "The pressure's definitely there, but we've done our best to just forget about it and do what we do. As for excitement, there's definitely some excitement this year. We've got a great shot at playing in a state final and winning it."
Senior lineman Alex Haythorn added, "That's how we do it. That's how Chuck (Wimberly) does it. But I mean I honestly believe that we have a shot to do it, and if we were able to leave a mark on this school as state champions, I'd be happy with that."
The Jaguars have a little longer to prepare than most teams. They're off week one, then open August 31st against Briarwood.