Still developing, Jefferson learns early lesson
Demos have shot at PIL 5A title, but couldn't go distance with Glencoe
The football season usually is a learning process at Jefferson. Lesson No. 1 came last week, when the relatively inexperienced Democrats lost 37-21 at Glencoe. Class will be in session again tonight when the Demos travel to another Hillsboro school, Liberty.
Jeff has talent to win at the new 5A level. 'We didn't play that badly against Glencoe,' new coach Anthony Stoudamire says. 'There were about five plays that made the difference. Three times we got in the red zone and didn't score.'
The athletes at Jefferson typically don't take part in a lot of offseason football camps, passing leagues and workouts like players with the most successful large programs in the metro area. The Democrats tend to take longer to jell. Expect to see some progress tonight, at Eagle Point on Sept. 22 and in the home opener Sept. 29 versus Benson.
Then comes the Oct. 6 PIL 5A opener at home against Roosevelt, a game that could decide the eventual league champ. Those two teams did not meet last year.
The Democrats have potential playmakers in quarterback Kalonji Paschal, a junior transfer from Benson who is a dangerous runner; backs Dominic Dixon and Tremaine Channel; and receiver-linebacker Herschel Slaughter.
Sophomore Marlon Miles, brother of former Jeff and Kansas basketball star Aaron Miles, is at slotback. 'He probably gained over 100 yards on only four carries last week,' Stoudamire says. Miles can line up at QB, too.
Donte Savage was an all-PIL linebacker last season. The 235-pound senior is back on defense and playing offensive tackle. 'He's a great tight end, but with our numbers, I need him at tackle,' Stoudamire says.
Norman Richmond, who became the first PIL state wrestling champion since 1994 when he won at 125 pounds last season, is playing fullback and defensive back and some slot at about 140 pounds. 'Size-wise, he's a little challenged, but I wouldn't trade his heart for anything,' Stoudamire says.
Jefferson was still in the Glencoe game in the fourth quarter when sophomore punter Anthony Robinson took a snap in his end zone, took off running and got tackled at the 1-yard line to set up a Crimson Tide touchdown.
'I don't know what he saw, but he did it on his own. He tried to make a play to pump his team up,' Stoudamire says.
Just one of those lessons to learn. 'He's a great kid with a lot of talent,' Stoudamire says.
nCentral Catholic lineman Myles Wade is the cover boy for the September issue of Rise magazine, formerly School Sports magazine.
Wade, who has verbally committed to the Oregon Ducks, is rated No. 95 among the nation's senior recruits by the magazine.
In the article, Wade says he is focused on football.
'I don't buy into anything that won't help me do what I want to do,' he says. 'I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't party and I don't have time for girls. I don't participate in that because it could keep me from getting where I want to go.'
The author, Chad Konecky, writes that nothing is going to stop Wade from reaching his goals and succeeding for his 5-year-old sister, Olyvia, who suffers from a mild case of Down syndrome.
'She means the world to me,' Wade says. 'I don't ever want her to have to worry about anything. I want everything to be taken care of.'
Wade says he wants to help the Ducks win a BCS national championship, be named defensive MVP of the title game, win the Lombardi Award as college football's outstanding lineman and be the college defensive player of the year.
'It sounds crazy, I know,' he says. 'But those are the things I want, and I'm working hard to get them.'
nGrant goes to Newberg tonight with the leading rusher in the PIL 6A. Kasseem Osheroff ran 20 times for 155 yards in last week's 51-13 victory at Beaverton.
nKBPS (1450 AM) is offering Portland high school students a chance to do sportscasting. Anyone interested should attend a meeting at the station at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Bill Cooper, 503-916-5828, for information.
nKBPS is broadcasting games from Lincoln this season, and not all of them involve the Cardinals. Tonight's 7 o'clock game matches Aloha and Benson. Carl Click will call the play-by-play.
nFranklin has a lot of new faces, which showed in last week's opener, a 55-7 loss to Gresham.
With senior Clark Ransom returning at quarterback, the Quakers will throw the ball more than they did last year. Other key players from the 2005 team include receiver-defensive back Tim Range, lineman Jacob Dozier, running back Jose Herrera and offensive lineman-linebacker Adam Winter.
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