The scenario for South Jefferson football has been almost the same for several years now.
The Spartans usually have a smallish roster, which means little depth. This year just 24 players are on the varsity.
They do have some talent at key positions, but keeping those players healthy is always a question if they want to be competitive in the rugged Class B East division.
We feel we have the ability to improve if the many new players develop quickly, said third-year head coach Pat Conners. I believe our program is headed in the right direction.
Conners will have a new quarterback, choosing between Eric Mullin and Adam Hutchinson. That means it will take them awhile to become comfortable at the controls.
The Spartans have a couple of productive running backs in Logan Jones and Dylan Beckstead, while tight end Aaron Nowlin is a valuable target. Senior linemen Joe Parkinson and Greg Gilligan lead an otherwise young group up front on both sides of the line.
The Spartans junior varsity went 6-1 a year ago, so they at least know what it takes to compete in the league.
South Jefferson Spartans
2012 record: 1-7, 0-5 Class B East.
Coach: Pat Conners (3rd year, 5-11).
Players to watch: Logan Jones (Sr., RB/DB, 70-398); Dylan Beckstead (Jr., RB/DB, 103-515, 6 TD); Joe Parkinson (Sr., OL/DL); Greg Gilligan (Sr., OL/DL); Eric Mullin (So., QB/LB); Aaron Nowlin (Sr., TE/LB)