2017 high school football preview | Jefferson

Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald Jefferson running back Colby Wood warms up before a preseason scrimmage with Clarke Central in Athens, Ga., on Thursday.

BEST CASE

 

Jefferson has consistently hosted playoff games and made deep playoff runs and the exit of former head coach Ben Hall shouldn’t change that. The Dragons fell to Thomson – the only team it lost to all season – last year in the Class 4A state semifinals. They’ll make a return trip to start September.

WORST CASE

Region 8-4A is still tough, particularly at the top, and the Dragons will end the season with a visit from Oconee County.

The out-of-region schedule also has some potential pitfalls, especially in September with a trip to Thomson and a visit from Flowery Branch (where Hall is now head coach) within the first three weeks. The Dragons will also need to replace linemen Caleb Chandler (now at Louisville) and Deshon Lester, as well as two-way player Zack Boobas.

NEED TO KNOW

Hall left for Flowery Branch in January and Jefferson quickly found his successor in-house. Jefferson promoted Cathcart a little over a week later.

Cathcart has plenty to work with this season. Standout running back and defensive back Colby Wood returns, as does junior kicker Hayden Kilgore. Both were all-area first team selections i in 2016. Wood is a two-time player of the year. Sophomore Colby Clark, who wasanall-area honorable mention, also returns.

LAST FIVE SEASONS

2016: 12-22015: 10-2

2014: 12-1

2013: 10-3

2012: 14-1

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Hayden Kilgore, K, Jr.

Colby Wood, RB/DB, Sr.

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THE COACH

Gene Cathcart was serving as the Dragons’ offensive coordinator when he was promoted to head coach, but this won’t be his first time in the top spot after stints at Greenwood (S.C.) and Seneca (S.C.) High Schools and a stretch at Habersham Central.

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SCHEDULE

Aug. 18: vs. Discovery

Aug. 25: at Riverwood

Sept. 1: at Thomson

Sept. 15: vs. Flowery Branch

Sept. 22: at Gainesville

Sept. 29: vs. Madison County*

Oct. 13: vs. North Oconee*

Oct. 20: at St. Pius X*

Oct. 27: at Stephens County*

Nov. 3: vs. Oconee County*

*Region 8-4A

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-Nicole Saavedra

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