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W.Va. Prep Football Previews - Jefferson

August 23, 2000

Growing up quickly: Odd school situation forces Jefferson into young roster



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Jefferson Running BackSHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Jefferson will be an interesting team this fall. While the Cougars come from one of the biggest, if not the biggest, school in the state, it also is one of a very few schools that does not have a freshman class.

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"That makes a difference,'' Jefferson coach Jay Kirby said. "When the other schools get their freshmen together, they can get to know each other. Our kids have to do that their sophomore years. We have some pretty competitive schools (featuring ninth graders) around here and it takes a little while before the kids can trust and get to know each other.''

Also, Jefferson will have about 20 players with varsity experience returning this year. But, those players are from a team that went 2-8 and almost none of them play either offensive or defensive lines.

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"We're very thin there,'' Kirby said. "We're not really sure who's going to play where.''

Kirby promises only one thing.

"We'll play the best 11,'' he said. No, that doesn't mean that only 11 players will play, but the best 11 per unit - offense, defense, special teams - will get the bulk of the action. That may force a few players from the 60-man roster to play all 48 minutes.

Among Jefferson's top returnees is senior Damon McDowell. He was the second-leading rusher in the area last year.

"He gained about 1,300 yards in eight games last year,'' Kirby said.

McDowell missed the first game last year because of a broken hand. He then broke the hand again early in the first quarter of the last game.

Kirby said that McDowell now does a good job of transferring the ball, and it should not cause any extra fumbles.

"That won't be a problem for him this year,'' Kirby said.

Senior Bryan Hyre will return as quarterback, but in Jefferson's scheme, that's mostly to hand off and pass only when necessary.

The area of concern is in the lines.

Only seven linemen on Jefferson's preseason roster weigh more than 205 pounds.

"The kids have been working hard, and (the coaching staff) is learning more about them everyday,'' Kirby said.

Jefferson Cougars

 

Coach: Jay Kirby, 16th year (61-90-1)

1999 record: 2-8

No.
Name
Class
Pos.
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Wt.


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5

7

9

10

11

12

14

19

21

23

24

25

26

31

32

33

34

36

40

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52

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61

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64

65

66

67

70

71

72

73

74

75

76

77

79

80

81

84

87

88

89

92

99



Lawrence Patterson

Bryan Hyre

Robert Burns

Rahmann Wilcox

Brad Cooper

Justin Dailey

Kyle Wilt

Jamie Walters

Devin Hosby

Andre McDonald

J.T. DeSarno

Akeen Holmes

Charles Weaver

Kyle Tennant

Jeff Dehart

John Hinton

Damon McDowell

Chris Puller

Ryan Fierro

Justin Dahlin

Dustin Householder

Jermar Togans

Jeremy Weaver

Ryan Day

Drew Day

Billy Mohr

T.J. McDonald

Anthony Jacobs

Bradley Fitzwater

Jeffrey Dillow

Justin Collins

Artie Badger

James Apperson

Chris McDowell

D.J. Lawson

Chris Patterson

Jon Cofone

Garren Henry

Trevor Dearstine

Robert Dibbern

Dan Gustines

Sam Wyndham

Casey Burke

James Blue

David Moulton

Jason Breeden

Kendall Burke

Josh Riese

Eric Snyder

Kennith Suits

Ken Shimp

David Yates

James Low

Joe Harrison

Steve Kozak



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B

B

B

B

B

B

R

R

B

R

R

R

B

R

B

B

B

B

B

B

R

B

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

R

R

R

R

R

R

R

R



5-0

6-0

5-11

5-10

5-9

5-8

5-9

5-10

5-10

5-7

5-6

5-8

5-9

5-8

6-2

5-11

6-0

6-3

5-9

5-5

6-2

6-5

5-8

5-11

5-9

5-5

5-10

5-11

6-0

6-2

5-11

5-10

5-11

5-11

5-7

5-10

5-7

6-0

6-2

5-10

5-5

5-9

5-5

5-7

6-2

6-0

6-1

5-9

5-11

6-0

5-11

5-11

5-6

5-7

6-4



105

181

146

162

147

140

187

135

178

157

125

198

140

178

200

205

195

240

190

190

230

230

153

155

189

162

151

201

201

203

195

197

257

217

200

213

165

166

245

185

252

290

176

232

196

201

193

178

174

148

168

150

126

153

200

2000 Schedule


Aug. 25, at Loudoun County (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 1, Keyser, 7:30; Sept. 8, Loudoun Valley (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 15, at Potomac Falls (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 22, at Stone Bridge (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 29, at Greenbrier East, 7:30; Oct. 6, Musselman, 7:30; Oct. 13, Fort Hill (Md.), 7:30; Oct. 20, Martinsburg, 7:30; Oct. 27, at Hedgesville, 7:30

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