Monday Nov. 23, 2009
Wrens, Ga--We're down to just five teams left in the state playoffs and one of them is Thomas Jefferson. Not a huge surprise seeing they're making a fifth straight trip to the finals. But it might be a surprise to some seeing they might not have the overall talent they've had in the past.
But this year's Jaguars are truely a family as coach Chuck Wimberly puts it. They're not the biggest, they don't have the most kids, they're not the strongest, but might be the most together a team can be, on and off the field. They're also playing the role of underdog which suits them just fine.
"Nobody thought we'd make it because our 8th grade year we lost every game." said Clint Williams "We've been working very hard and wanting to prove everybody wrong."
"There was a lot of pressure on us because there were a lot of people saying we didn't have the players to make it there." added Hank Gilmore "We don't have the talent we've had in the past couple of years but we have more heart I think that we've had in the last couple of years."
"These kids really do everything together." said coach Chuck Wimberly "They hunt, they fish, they hang out together, they do everything together and I think that's what makes this different, and special."
The title game is a rematch of last year's where Terrell Academy beat the Jags pretty good. But despite having nearly twice as many players this year's squad from Thomas Jefferson feels they can match up pretty good with them.