Countdown to Kickoff: The Jefferson Cougars

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- Restore the roar. It's a mantra that the Jefferson Cougars have gone to in the past. And coming off a disappointing 2011, the Cougars are looking to get back to their winning ways of seasons past.

"We have to get that one and nine record out of our head, go after that undefeated season, and do us," says Senior Running Back and Free Safety Rynal Newman.

"The past is the past," says Dustin Marker, Senior Right Tackle and Defensive Tackle.

"We don't want anything like that to happen again, and we're starting something new for Jefferson. It's time for a change, and that's what we're here to do.

And from all accounts, the Cougars sense that change is on the way.

"Going into this, we've been working so much harder this year, and the attitude's been different.," says Marker. "And I'm expecting great things to come from our offense and defense."

"We just need to come to work everyday," says Senior Wide Receiver and Cornerback Darrod Doleman.  "Just come to work ready to fight, ready to go, ready to win. Just have that championship attitude. That's all we need this year."

And for that attitude to take effect, Head Coach Richard Mills will be relying on his senior leaders to show the way.

"They need to be the leaders," says Mills. "We only have about twelve seniors, but the twelve we have I think are really interested in improving, and they've shown good leadership so far. We're expecting big things of them on and off the field, and they have to be the leaders in both places."

"Being a leader out there shows us that we can show the younger kids out there to push harder," says Newman. "And they look up to us. It's all about business out there."

And business gets started for the Cougars Friday, August 24th at Woodgrove High School in Virginia.

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