Jefferson Football Preview

By Scott Leber |

Published 08/11 2014 11:43PM

Updated 08/11 2014 11:48PM

ROCKFORD-Last season ended abruptly for the J-Hawks. They forfeited their final three games when many of the upper classmen quit, frustrated by a winless season.

"Whenever you do something like that it's something that's going to stick with you for a while and be there, and have a presence in your mind. So I don't think it's completely behind us," says Jefferson coach Patrick Babcock.

And he says it won't be until the J-Hawks go out and play their first game.

35 kids are out for the team this season. They say they're committed.

"I think so," says quarterback Kimani Williams. "We've all be here working hard trying to overcome last season and just turn ourselves around and be a better team."

"I think we're committed. We're ready," says fullback/linebacker Nick Richmond. "It's just, we've just got to have a lot of people show up, It's accountability."
The big thing we're trying to focus on this year is making sure the guys are doing the right thing," says Babcock.

The J-Hawks have an extremely small senior class, so they'll be young.

"Our sophomores had a decent year last year on the sophomore level, so we're excited that maybe that group can bring a little bit of energy," says Babcock.

Junior Kimani Williams takes over at quarterback after running the sophomore team last year. Wingback Degyon Macklin will be another playmaker. Dezhonte Moore will be counted on at receiver. Alexis Raygoza is the lone returning starter on the line.

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