Jefferson 2021 Schedule Analysis

By Frank Vajcner

We now head to the alma mater of Jeff Grodi for our next stop. Does Jefferson’s schedule allow for them to take another step forward?

2021 Schedule:

Aug 26: @ Onsted

Sept 2: Riverview

Sept 10: @ Flat Rock

Sept 17: New Boston Huron

Sept 24: @ Grosse Ile

Oct 1: Airport

Oct 8: @ Milan

Oct 15: SMCC

Oct 22: @ Detroit Northwestern

Gut-Check Game: Riverview. The home opener at Marc Cisco Field is the reigning Huron League Champs. Gene Gennoe will have to have his squad ready if they want to make a statement. The last time the Bears beat the Pirates was 2016.

Trap Game: at Onsted. Yes, I know that this game fits the bill for the snoozer category, but keep in mind that this one is on the road right before Riverview comes to town.

Snoozer: I’m not putting Flat Rock here, as that game could go either way.

Non-Conference Challenge: The non-conference slate is pretty mundane. Last year’s scheduled meeting with Onsted had more sizzle to it. A trip to Detroit Northwestern, which marks the end of the regular season, doesn’t move the needle. The Colts went 2-5 last season, with wins over woebegone Detroit Douglass and Detroit Osborn.

Notable: Onsted was last on the schedule for a home-and-home series in 2000 and 2001. The Bears won both meetings 30-6 and 42-13…This will be the first meeting between Jefferson and Northwestern on the gridiron.

Frank’s Thoughts: Wins against Onsted, Flat Rock, and Northwestern are feasible, but the Bears will have to steal a couple elsewhere if they want to make the playoffs.

Thoughts from Gary: Love the Onsted opener. Little travel involved but a great game vs two historically rugged programs. Closing with Northwestern is certainly winnable.

Thoughts from Chris: I like the way the schedule shakes out for the Bears. They could find themselves at 4-2 entering week 7 at Milan.

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