Jefferson enters the 2014 season with higher expectations after finishing last season with a 1-8 record. Gone from the non-league schedule are football powers Bedford and Tecumseh as the Bears have added Ida and University Prep Science & Math.
Offensively the Bears return five starters and must replace the durable and elusive Elijah Sandore. Look for rugged senior Sean Kirchner to carry the ball behind a solid offensive line that includes seniors center Carter Paddy and TE Eddie Bechard. .Junior QB Justin Kull is expected to lead the offense and has a solid receiving target in senior Brandon Liparato. Look for junior RB Drake Wohlgamuth to get some carries.
The defense will have to improve this season after giving up 39 ppg in 2013. The Bears return seven starters on defense and will be led by senior Nathan Hintz. Expect senior Mike Ballard and sophomore Brandon Sovey to make an impact.
The Bears have a sizable roster of 41 players that includes 26 juniors and could be a year away from making an impact in the league. Jefferson will be able to score this season, but the hopes will rely on the defense. Prediction 4-5