by Charlie Chitwood
Courtesy of Jefferson’s convincing 41-30 victory over Elysian Fields, Antwain Jimmerson’s Bulldogs continue to gain respect from media and coaches in a couple of high school polls and rankings.
The Associated Press – granddaddy pollsters of all time – is going to have a hard time keeping Jefferson from its weekly Top 10 much longer. The Dawgs spotless 3-0 start has gotten them nine points from pollsters across the state, enough so far for 13th. Take out the 3A-Division II teams (the AP still bunches all Class 3A schools together regardless of size), and Jefferson would be ranked 7th among the larger schools, trailing Hallettsville (Region IV), Wall (Region I), Malakoff (Region III), Brock (Region I), Cameron Yoe (Region III) and Yoakum (Region IV).
Over at PigskinPrep.com, Jefferson has finally cracked the Top 10 for the first time in a decade. The Bulldogs moved up four spots to Number 10 in this week’s ratings and is joined by Region II competitors Grandview (7th) and Kemp (9th). Hallettsville holds down the top spot in Class 3-DI.
So what about the rest of Jefferson’s schedule and even District 8-3A teams? Frankston (ranked 94th out of 99 3ADII teams) and Clarksville (62nd of 92 Class 2A-DII schools). That Jefferson will be favored heavily the next two weeks is a pretty foregone conclusion.
Once the District slugfest begins in October, the Dawgs will be up against the likes of 81st-ranked Sabine, 97th-ranked New Boston, 55th-ranked Redwater, 48th-ranked White Oak and 33rd-ranked Hughes Springs. Not quite a pillow fight, but certainly not Carthage versus Gilmer every week either. Rankings aside, the Dawgs will prove their mettle on the field and not in the papers. Still, it’s a good feeling knowing that subscriptions should be paid up through December.
You can always tell what other coaches think of your football program’s health…
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