Goal Lines: Special preview of local football season

See Thursday's newspaper or e-Edition to read features on the upcoming local football season in the special Goal Lines section, featuring information about the Jays, Crusaders, Falcons, Lincoln, Mizzou and other teams.

See Thursday's newspaper or e-Edition to read features on the upcoming local football season in the special Goal Lines section, featuring information about the Jays, Crusaders, Falcons, Lincoln, Mizzou and other teams.

See our special local football season preview section, Goal Lines, inside our newspaper or e-Edition for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, to read the following features.

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THE JEFFERSON CITY Jays have been focused on the 2011 season since the end of the 2010 campaign. Jefferson City enters the season ranked sixth in the preseason Class 6 state poll. See page 2.

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THERE ARE A lot of new faces both in the starting lineup and on the coaching staff for the Helias Crusaders. But the team, ranked No. 9 in Class 4, is confident it can maintain its place among the top teams in its class. See page 4.

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COMPETITION CAN OFTEN bring out the best in an athlete. The Blair Oaks Falcons, ranked No. 6 in Class 2, have had some strong battles for starting spots in the preseason. See page 6.

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THE BATTLE FOR the title of the Tri-County Conference figures to be a tight one this season. See page 11.

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UNDER GARY PINKEL, the Missouri Tigers have turned into one of college football’s winningest programs over the past decade. See page 13.

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THE LINCOLN BLUE Tigers begin play in the MIAA conference under new head coach Mike Jones. The former Missouri Tiger and NFL standout as a blend of veterans and newcomers on his roster. See page 14.

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THE TIPTON CARDINALS will carry a 49-game regular-season winning streak into this season, while the South Callaway Bulldogs and Southern Boone Eagles look to build off successful 2010 campaigns. See page 16.

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See these and other features in our special local football season preview section, Goal Lines, inside our newspaper or e-Edition for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

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