9 wins and a trip to the playoffs. Sound good for any high school football team. But Jefferson County isn't satisfied with just making it to the playoffs anymore. No, these days, they want a long playoff run.
You see, the Warriors have been making the playoffs consistently under head coachJ.B. Arnold in the past ten years. They've even won a playoff game the past two years. But it's the second round that has doomed the Warriors. In fact, the program has never made it past the second round. But coach Arnold and the team is ready for that to change this year.
"For some reason, we have to do things in streaks," said Arnold. "It took us about 10 years to win our first playoff game here, and now that we've done that, I hope it doesn't take 10 years to win a second playoff game in one season. But we're working hard to take care of that."
If the Warriors are going to make it past the second round, odds are it will be thanks to the leadership and talent of Barry Bostic. The senior quarterback is one of the best players in the area, whether he's running with or throwing the ball. And before he heads to Georgia Tech next summer, Bostic has his sights set on taking this team deep into the playoffs.
"My runningbacks, my offensive line, my receivers, they're all coming back this year," said Bostic. "So I'm real excited to get the season underway so we can put up some numbers, put some wins on the board, and prove everybody wrong."
"Barry is just a great athlete," said Arnold. "He kind of just burst on the scene 2 years ago. The deal with Barry is that he's just never satisfied with his performance. He continues to push himself and hopefully he'll just get better and better."
The Warriors begin the season at home against Laney, a team they beat by just 2 points last year.