By Charlie Chitwood
The last time Jefferson and New Boston hooked up on a football field, the Dawgs and Lions were duking it out in the first round of the 2014 Class 3A-Region II playoffs. New Boston – a heavy favorite going in after winning District 7-3A – had to rally for a 28-21 victory over the fourth-place Bulldogs. Much has changed since that dandy matchup at Mt. Pleasant’s Sam Parker Field.
New Boston graduated the bulk of a class that had won 35 games the past three seasons and advanced as far as the 2013 semi-finals.
Last season, the Lions managed but a single victory as they start their rebuilding again.
The Bulldogs have seen some changes as well, first with the hiring of Jefferson native Antwain Jimmerson as head coach and then an injury-plagued 2015 campaign in which the Dawgs won just a pair of contests.
Recent history aside, both squads are in the similar position of trying to get back to the schoolboy football playoffs.
New Boston’s Lion enter Friday’s District 8-3A-Division I opener with a 2-3 record overall, having knocked off Hooks and DeKalb by two and four points respectively.
Since winning their first two games, the Lions were knocked off 28-12 by Daingerfield and 28-21 by Paul Pewitt before Atlanta crushed the Lions 52-0 two weeks ago.
Jefferson enters the match at 3-2, including a 58-33 dusting of Pewitt’s Brahmas at Paul Pewitt. The young Bulldogs have repeatedly flashed displays of real talent, but the football education process of squad comprised in part by 15 underclassmen (four freshmen, 11 sophomores) usually sinks in a slower pace.
That Jefferson has progressed so far this fast has opened some eyes already. PigskinPrep.com lists the Dawgs as the third-fastest up-and-comer in Class 3A-Division I. New Boston’s Lions, meanwhile, are rated…
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