JEFFERSON hopes its turbulence-free run through region play continues this Friday when it travels to last-place Social Circle looking to protect a 4-0 mark and first-place perch in Region 8-AA play.
Ever since routing then-no. 6 Washington-Wilkes to move into the driver’s seat in the region, the ninth-ranked Dragons have vowed not to have a letdown week.
“That’s the key phrase — no let down,” Jefferson coach T. McFerrin said.
The Dragons have made good on their no letdown promise so far, winning its last two games 98-7.
On the other hand, Social Circle is in the midst of an 0-7 season after a 1-9 campaign in 2011. That one victory last year came via forfeit. Still, that won’t change how Jefferson approaches this game.
“We’ve got to be ready to play,” McFerrin said.
Social Circle possesses two speedy running backs — M.J. Hester and Jeremy Elder — that have McFerrin’s attention.
Hester returned a kick 85 yards for a touchdown against Riverside Military this past Friday night. Elder had a 35-yard touchdown run.
“They’ve got two running backs that can fly,” McFerrin said.
The coach said he planned to show his defense a few of Hester and Elder’s highlight clips.
“We don’t have anybody as fast as those two,” McFerrin said.
Social Circle operates a somewhat antiquated offensive scheme — the split back veer.
“I haven’t seen that in a long time,” McFerrin said.
McFerrin was once a proponent of the split-back veer, running that offense from 1971 to 1989 — long before the days of spread football.
Antiquated scheme or not, the Redskins have some skill in their backfield.
“They’ve got no. 3 (Hester) there in the backfield who is a threat every time he gets the ball,” McFerrin said.
Social Circle is coming off one of its better efforts of the year, scoring a season-high 34 points against Riverside and led 14-0 at halftime.