Jays football faces long road to start season

8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, August 31 2017 Aug 31, 2017 Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:08:00 PM CDT August 31, 2017 in Sports
By: Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Jays football team has one of the toughest schedules in all of Missouri. 

That's not only because of the teams they play, but also because of their travel schedule. 

The Jays opened the year with two straight trips to St. Louis to face McCluer North and Kirkwood, spending more than eight hours traveling to and from both games. 

"At Jefferson City we are going to play whoever wants to plays us. We don't care if they are state champs or what they are," said head coach Ted LePage. "If they call to play us we are going to play them." 

LePage means that as well. Kirkwood is the defending Class 6A champion and beat Jefferson City last week 35-7. 

LePage said the long road trips were not talked about much amongst the team, but he said focus is important. 

"Letting the players know the itinerary early, letting them know a week in advance exactly here is what the procedures are going to be," LePage said. "And having short, little meetings before you leave to make sure everyone understands to focus." 

The other side of the equation is a mentality. 

"We're together. And we need to act together, we need to be together," LePage said. "Everything is geared toward one thing, and that is to focus on that football game." 

The road games do not bother LePage as much as some may think. 

"Sometimes as coaches we worry about playing at home because you are not as structured and not as tight as you are when you go on the road," LePage said. 

He has been happy with the way his team has played the first two weeks. 

"Our team plays hard, and we play physical. We need to play into those strengths," LePage said. 

He said the team simply needs more in-game situations at practice to get experience and limit mistakes. 

"What we are lacking right now is game experience. I don't think we are lacking that much talent, that much strength, that much speed," LePage said. "And I think as we grow in that scenario we are going to be a fun team to be around."

Jefferson City travels to their third straight road game this week as they face off with rival Hickman in Columbia. 

Last year the Jays went 5-5 on the season. 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- The counting of votes was underway Saturday following Ireland's referendum to lift the... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, May 26 2018 May 26, 2018 Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:43:00 AM CDT May 26, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield has a new mayor, but it's the way he was selected that has a group... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 9:26:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The ACLU of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 6:35:52 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Thornbrook neighborhood was without water and electricity for almost two hours on Friday. Columbia Water and... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 5:36:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Four vehicle crashes have occurred this week along State Road F west of Fulton in Callaway County.... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After serving eight years in the United States Air Force, the passion of this veteran for sky travel... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In another day of political theater, the special House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens heard new testimony... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Organizers are expecting a large turnout for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans" airshow on Memorial Day weekend. ... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- When most people lose an animal, one of the first steps is to put a "missing" sign on a... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:46:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Aircraft and pilots met at Columbia Regional Airport Friday to prepare for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans"... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A high-speed car chase ended Sunday when the suspect slid into a ditch, according to a press release... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- It's no secret more cars will out for Memorial Day weekend, but many drivers are taking precautions before... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than five hundred Missourians have lost their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department of... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
HARRISONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old western Missouri boy fought off an attempted abduction by hitting the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash on I-70 Westbound. It caused major backups... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
10am 80°
11am 84°
12pm 86°
1pm 89°