Jefferson City football ready for season

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Jays of Jefferson City High School put together a modest 6-4 record on the gridiron in 2013. Rock Bridge, however, ended the Jays' season by handing them a 30-point playoff loss on their home turf.

The team turned the page on last season's postseason defeat as family and friends gathered to take pictures of the players and coaches Saturday.

Senior running back Elijah Pittman believes this year's group has a mindset that is more focused on the team as a whole.

"We like to work now," Pittman said. "We had a little problem with people that were worried about themselves and those people are gone now."

Senior middle linebacker Austin Gerloff is confident the team's physical approach to the game will bring success as well.

"We've had a lot of people come in the weight room," Gerloff said. "Everybody is really strong on our team and we're ready to go out there and show everybody what we can do."

Coach Ted LePage is excited about the level of leadership his group of young men bring to the field on a daily basis.

"We have a senior class of about 24 and everyone of them can step up and lead on any given day," LePage said. "They all have the same mission, same goal and they all talk the same language, so the leadership dynamic is a unified system."

The Jays kick off the season against the McCluer North Stars Aug. 22.