Step up in class brings challenges for South Jeff football team

South Jefferson football team

ADAMS, N.Y. (WWNY) - The South Jefferson football team is stepping up in class this season.

The Spartans played in the Section 3 developmental division in 2018 and made the most of it, posting an 8-1 overall record and 5-0 in divisional play and winning the developmental championship.

This year, the Spartans are once again playing in Class B.

Coach Aaron Rivers expects stiff competition.

“We’ll be playing in the Class B West, which is the west side of Syracuse, essentially, so a lot of traveling, but the competition, you know, is the best around,” he said. “Class B, it’s really tough on both sides, east and west, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

“I feel like our experience level’s definitely there as opposed to past years," player Colden Montague said, “but with everything that’s coming our way -- new league, new turf -- I think everybody’s super-excited.”

“We have a lot of seniors this year and have a lot of veterans coming in helping me as a younger quarterback,” Austin Mesler said. “and it really just helps make everything click and makes the job go easier.”

"We have a lot of older guys, older seniors coming in that I think will help us a lot with the competition that we're facing," Joshua Tanner said.

When the Spartans hit the field for their home opener against Solvay on September 13, they will be doing it in a state-of-the-art facility. The Spartans will be able to take themselves off the short list of high school football teams in the north country that don’t have turf.

South Jeff will be competing in a brand-new stadium which was completed over the summer as part of a $7.2 million capital project. The new amenities are something the Spartans have been waiting several years for.

“I think the community, there’s a nice buzz around it,” Rivers said. "It’s beautiful -- if you get a chance to go out and take a look at it, it’s done the right way and looks really nice.

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