BOULDER – Undefeated sounds good, but for the 5-0 Jefferson football team it still means the Panthers have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to claim the Southern B crown. Things might be coming together for the Panthers at the right time, though, after they handed a loss to the then-undefeated Manhattan last Friday.

“I think we’re improving every week,” said head coach Clink Layng. “Last week at Manhattan the thing that I really liked is how physical we played, and we executed pretty well. We had no turnovers, forced a couple of turnovers and I thought it was by far our best game of the year.”

“Our offensive line is blocking pretty well,” offensive lineman Peyton Loveridge said. “We’ve had some rough starts. Then second quarter we’d come back, get a talking to. Then we’d come out and execute. Then our running back Nate Brunett, he runs it up the hole, does a good job cutting and so does Hayden Guisti, just pounding away on the run.”

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Their games have been far from perfect this season, but the mark of good head coaches is their ability to recognize the issues and correct them. That’s something head coach Layng is certainly addressing.

“Getting off to a good starts,” said Layng of the Panthers’ emphasis going forward. “It seems like we’ve had some games early in the season where we kind of come out of the gates a little slow. We had one game (against Columbus) where it was 0-0 at the half. Then we scored 35 points in the second half. I’d just like to start fast, so you don’t have to worry as much that second half.”

“It’s all mindset, all mindset and technique,” added Loveridge about what they need to do to stay on top. “Just the way we work here.”

Jefferson hosts Big Timber Friday.