Expectations high for Jimmerson’s 2017 Bulldog squad

By Charlie Chitwood

Part of high school football’s annual appeal is the slight tingle you feel, knowing that when each of the state’s prep football magazines and polls come out, there’s probably going to be something good to read about your favorite team.

Jefferson fans have been hardly disappointed this summer, with more and more excitement building through each publication release and then a trio of scrimmage victories over Tatum (2-1), Daingerfield (2-0) and Atlanta (4-1).

Antwain Jimmerson’s third year at the helm of his alma mater has all the promise one would expect of a gifted young team that fell only three times in a dozen games last year.

Most every young man on this gifted young team bought into their coach’s “Camp Champion” summer training program. Offensive line coach Michael Downs – also the athletic program’s strength and conditioning coach – is very happy with effort and results of the players who ground their way through the weight room. Defensive coordinator Steven Young’s grin gets wide when the topic of how much bigger and stronger this year’s line is compared to the 2016 version.

Let there be no doubt, the Dawgs will advance as far as their control of the line of scrimmage can be maintained. Not especially deep in numbers but with a solid rotation shaping up in practices, Jimmerson thinks the defensive line will be especially key.

Jefferson’s offensive prowess should be able to keep too heavy a load from landing on the defense. While that bigger, stronger offensive line keeps out the bad guys, talented junior quarterback Trey Hodge has bevy of options to move the ball downfield – none perhaps as electric as Hodge’s classmate, wide receiver T.Q. Jackson.

Hodge’s progression from…

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