The Jefferson Bears came into last season with high hopes and plans on competing for a league title. The season ended with a disappointing 4-5 record for the second consecutive season as the Bears gave up over 28 points a game. The Bears graduated 19 seniors from last season's squad including all league players; Brian McCullough, Jake Kuehnlein, Matt Hall, Jim Bechard, Jake Sterling and Travis Leonard.
Not much will change offensively for the Bears this season as Marc Cisco enters his 46th season at the helm. The Bears will look to be physical and run the ball as much as possible. Troy Hart figures to lead the Bear offense with Mike Caswell being a weapon in the passing game.
Defensively the Bears must find a way to stop other teams from scoring if they hope to stay out of the league basement for the first time in 3o years. Jefferson will be led by defensive lineman Kyle Fudoli but much of the defense will be inexperienced.
Jefferson will depend on a lot of underclassmen this season and will have to grow up quick if the Bears hope to have a winning season. Jefferson plays Tecumseh in the opener which finished 2-7 last season. The Bears won last season's game 21-14.