By Charlie Chitwood
By the time Antwain Jimmerson looked back on his first season as head coach of Jefferson High’s football Bulldogs, two things were probably most apparent:
1) The Dawgs couldn’t possibly have had worse luck in the season-ending injury department, with 11 players lost from an assortment of ailments;
2) Jefferson’s gridiron heroes needed to be involved in other sports and use results gained on courts, diamonds and tracks as a springboard to competing at a higher level under the Friday Night Lights.
Consider that second observation already accomplished The question begged at the start of two-a-days, however, was how the Dawgs would fare against some new faces with the start of the 2016 season and a new home in District 8-3A-Division I.
“We just had to get these guys into a greater number of competitive situations where they work and find success against their peers,” Jimmerson said.
“We’re going to be playing this fall against guys that we’ve played in basketball and baseball and run against in track and field. That kind of repetition only breeds confidence and greater success from one sport to another.”
Coupled with the return of new fewer than six former Bulldog standouts as members of the coaching staff, Jimmerson set out to change the culture of a football program that hadn’t won a playoff game since 2009 or claimed an outright district championship since 1994.
“We just had to get better,” Jimmerson said…
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