Jefferson High School begins a new chapter in its long history with the hiring of legendary football coach T. McFerrin.
McFerrin was hired to replace former Dragon head coach Bill Navas, who took the athletic directors job at Duluth High School.
McFerrin, a 34-year veteran, has won more than 300 games as a head coach with his last stop being at South Gwinnett High School.
McFerrin inherits a wealth of talent. The Dragons won the Region 8-AA title last year with a perfect 10-0 record before being defeated in the second round of the playoffs by Lovett, 34-24.
Last week, Jefferson rolled on bitter rival Commerce by a score of 30-13.
It will be a tough test for Coach Jeff Lee and the Tigers, as they must travel to Jefferson.
Jefferson will be led by quarterback Darius Minor, who is a major college prospect.
Minor accounted for 2,804 yards of offense last season. Minor had a big game last week with a near perfect passing game, going five for six with 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Minor is surrounded by offensive weapons like big tight end Hoytes Damons, fullback Lucas Redd and Zach Allen, and running backs J.J. Damons and Caleb Meek.
The Dragons will run a multiple-spread type offense.
Defensively, Jefferson brings back seven starters.
Their defensive line is a strong point as they rotate several players in their 4-3 scheme.
Sam Loggins, Cody Berryman, Bryan Norris, Austin Przybysz and Buddy Camp are big and quick along the defensive front.
Kyle Mosley leads the linebackers. Mosley will be joined by Damons on the defensive side.
The Dragons lost some key players from last season. Minor at quarterback gives them a dangerous weapon and they have a good nucleus of players returning that saw plenty of action.
After Dawson managed less than 100 total yards against Lumpkin last week, this game could be a long one for Lee and his team. The Tigers must play ball control in what will be a hostile environment.