“We have one goal, and that’s to win a state title and win together,” says Casey Colquitt, fourth year head coach of the Jefferson Dragons. “They don’t like to lose…that’s hard to coach.”
Colquitt’s team has gone 11-2 and a flawless 6-0 in region play in capturing the school’s first region title since 2015 and second ever. Colquitt gives much praise to the Jefferson City Schools for providing excellent facilities and making soccer a focus among high school athletics.
The team with one goal has many…(see what we did there?)…as the offense has tallied 42 goals, which is incredible. But Colquitt is quick to explain the reason for such success.
“The offense always starts with defending,” says Colquitt on his stellar defense, which has allowed 10 total goals this year. “We have only given up seven goals from the field of play this year. They’ve all committed to defending well. You defend well, you get the ball back, and then we can attack.”
After starting 0-1 with a loss at powerhouse Johnson, the Dragons quickly regrouped with six straight wins. After following their second loss on March 8, they have now won five in a row as the regular season winds down.
“It’s going to be tough to [win a title],” says Colquitt. “But this team has what it takes to get there. You’re going to have to earn it, which is fine, this group knows how to do that.”
While Jefferson has been dominant in 2019, the road to a state title is all but easy, and certainly not a given.
“We’ve taken a turn to go play teams that are really competitive,” says Colquitt. “We’re trying to compete with teams that are bigger than us, stronger than us, stronger than us. It’s only going to make you better. It’s going to make them better people, because they’re going to have to face with some adversity. Life’s not easy. It teaches you so many lessons about life.”
Jefferson closes the regular season with three more non-region contests against Stephens County, Walnut Grove, and North Oconee before opening the Class 3A State Playoffs as a number one seed.
Feature Photo by Ben Munro