Sendoff for the championship-bound Dragons is Saturday morning


Team chaplain Jeff Williams told the Dragons “clear eyes, full heart” which became the phrase that the players stood on as well as the fans who put the last portion of the saying on signs to support the Dragons in the game against Greater Atlanta Christian.
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Go, Dragons, Go! Win, Dragons, Win? On Saturday, the Jefferson Dragons football team will be southbound to the Georgia Dome with proud community supporters cheering them on.

Banners are displayed across the community to show pride in the AA state championship game-bound Jefferson Dragons. Marquees display congratulations and rally support for the football team in anticipation of Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game against the Calhoun Yellow Jackets.

At Monday’s meeting of the Jefferson City Council, Mayor Jim Joiner reminded everyone of the big game Saturday at the Georgia Dome. “Come out and support our guys as they go to the state championship,” said Joiner.

Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman said a send-off is being planned with Dr. Kevin Smith, principal of Jefferson High School. The team will be leaving Memorial Stadium about 9:30 a.m., turning onto Highway 11 and then onto Damon Gause Parkway with a stop at Beef O’Brady’s for breakfast.

The 2012 Jefferson High School football team will be playing in the State Championship game for the first time in 35 years.

“They would like supporters to be on Memorial Drive to say goodbye and good luck,” said Chief Wirthman.

Jefferson Main Street manager Beth Laughinghouse send out a Thursday email encouraging participation in the sendoff.

“This is the first time in 35 years the Dragons have made it to the state finals. We would like to show our support of this team with a huge sendoff. We are asking all Dragon fans to line the roads with signs to show our support. Even if you don’t plan to make the trip to the Dome, this short ‘parade’ is a great way to show the team how proud we are of them,” said Laughinghouse.

She continues, “Please do not enter the field house parking lot; space is very limited in the parking lot so stake your spot out along the route and have your signs ready. You can park all along Memorial Drive, in the parking lots at the swimming pool and across the street. Jefferson Police will be escorting the team to Atlanta and they will have the roads blocked along the route.

“Also, tickets for the game are available at Jefferson High School. Cost is $18 (cash only) and are available during school hours,” said Laughghouse’s email. “If your blood runs red and blue, come our Saturday morning to support the Dragons.”