By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
MARIA STEIN — With the regular-season gridiron opener next Friday night, Jefferson was looking for a final tuneup to the pre-season to get themselves ready.
What a better way than to take on the 2-time small-school division state champion (Division VI in 2012, Division VII a year ago) Marion Local Flyers Friday night at soggy Booster Field in Maria Stein?
“We challenged our kids this whole week to be physical, because we knew Marion would be. I felt we matched their physicality; that’s what we wanted,” Jefferson coach Chris Sommers explained. “The kids played hard and had great effort, again a very good thing to look for. This was a great scrimmage for us to learn a lot of things about ourselves and we as a coaching staff really liked what we saw.”
In the first two series of 10-plays-and-out for both teams, the defenses were in control, neither allowing a score.