Half of Jefferson’s football team showed up for the team’s first outdoor practice Tuesday.
That’s progress from Monday when the J-Hawks never hit the field. Players decided to sit out to protest the firing of their former head coach Ken DuBose. Tuesday about 30 players went through a late afternoon practice. The other half of the squad passed on it to attend the Rockford School Board meeting to let the board now their disappointment over the firing of DuBose last Friday.
Newly appointed head coach Tony Ambrogio oversaw Tuesday’s workout. He’s in a tough predicament trying to get the guys ready for the season while also respecting their feelings for DuBose.
“Our stance from all of this is we’re here to support the kids,” Ambrogio told Eyewitness News. “We understand how they feel about coach DuBose and we told them if you need to make a stand for it go ahead and make your stand, but if you want to play football and you want to further your career in football then you’re going to have to get back to business and play.”
“It’s just now on us to come and get ready for the team,” says Jefferson senior Jacob Miles one of the players at practice Tuesday. “Whether they’re here or not we’re all still a family we back each other up when needed.”
Players who don’t participate in 12 practices before the start of the regular season won’t be able to participate in the season opener. Jefferson will play Harlem on August 25th.