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Photo by Samantha Elliott The Jags have been dubbed a team to beat this season and got their preparations for 2014 underway Monday with the first official MHSAA practice of the season.


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The whisper going around the Downriver League this season is that the Jaguars will be a team to beat and on Monday, the Jags held their first official practice of the season to prepare to, well, beat those teams.

Coach Tom Hoover lost some big names to graduation in June in the forms of Nick Fulton, Ryan Oakley, Adam McJunkin and Jake Barann to name a few, but some big sophomores and juniors from last season will be back to fill the spots.

“Did we lost some really key spot holes in the lineup now, yeah,” Hoover said. “Do we have a lot back, yet.

“Does that translate to winning the league; I don’t know.”

Hoover said the team will sort out its quarterback situation and expects them to be ready to tackle the season in two short weeks when the first kickoff is scheduled.

“They like each other and they get along and there’s a lot of enthusiasm,” Hoover said. “(We’re) blessed to have the kids we have.”

For 2014, the Jags aren’t looking to complicate anything.

“We’re gonna keep it simple on O, simple on D and simple on special teams,” Hoover said. “We’ll just start with the basics and try to be sound.”

The team repeats last year’s opener against neighboring rival Melvindale for the first game of the season. This year, however, the two will take their rivalry to Wayne State for the Prep Kickoff Classic, kicking off for the 7:00 game.

“We’re looking forward to the first game because we’ve got the most time invested into that,” Hoover said.

Last Updated: 8/11/2014 8:13:00 PM EST