Chase Poliette, Ethan Boyer

Chase Poliette, left, breaks up a pass intended for Ethan Boyer during Jefferson's football practice on Thursday. The Blue Jays open the 2019 season at home against Bishop DuBourg on Aug. 30.

The prep football season kicks off on Aug. 30. Eleven of the 12 teams from Jefferson County will take the field that night. Crystal City will play the host team against Chaffee at Festus Stadium. Officials at Crystal are trying to repair the field after it was flooded for two months this summer in an effort to get the Hornets home games this season.

The Leader will begin fall sports previews in its Aug. 22 issues with a look at the I-55 Conference football teams. Previews for the Mississippi Area Football Conference Red Division will hit your mailboxes on Aug. 29.

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