Sunday, August 7, 2011
Louisville, GA - The state championship game and Thomas Jefferson football are pretty much synonymous at this point.
The Jags went to five straight title games before last year, but then the streak came to an end.
In 2011, it's all about getting back on track, and that track is a little higher than most other teams.
This is a squad that measures itself on getting to that title game, and these seniors know that. Lucky for the Jags, there are a lot of them at key positions.
All of the strengths of the offense are back, and they don't intend on tasting an early playoff exit again.
"I think, for this group of seniors, they're kind of on a mission right now," says Head Coach Chuck Wimberly. "They don't want to leave Thomas Jefferson without making it to the state championship game, and I think that's important to them. I think the kids around them have really responded to them, and I think that's the whole goal for everybody right now."
Senior Quarterback Chase Walden adds, "As the coach pointed out earlier, we've never won anything as a team. We've won individual stuff, but our senior group has never won anything as a team, and we want to get that done."
The offense should be plenty strong, particularly in the backfield. Walden and big time backs Austin Dressel, Nick Whitmer and Michael Bridges all return.