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Jays running back Elijah Pittman breaks through a hole during Friday’s game against Belleville (Ill.) East at Adkins Stadium.

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Jays look for another strong defensive effort at Fayettevillle (with PODCAST)

A decision in the final minutes of Jefferson City’s 22-14 victory against Belleville (Ill.) East on Friday night showed what head coach Ted LePage thought about his defense. Facing a fourth-and-short from the Belleville East 33-yard line, LePage decided to punt instead of go for a first down, putting the game in the hands of his defense. Jefferson City (2-0, No. 8 in Class 6) forced a safety to secure the victory. Known the past few years as a team that outscores its opponents, the Jays have shown in the first two weeks of the season a different style of football, one where defense has started to set the tone.

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