|9/5/2012 10:01:00 AM|
Catholic high school football preview
Jesuit High School photo
Nick Rothstein of Jesuit tries to turn a corner against Central Catholic in 2011.
Central Catholic photo
Central Catholic celebrates a 2011 win.
Junior Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic, center, won an individual state title in 2011.
Blanchet Catholic football
SALEM — MaxPreps rates Blanchet 15th in 3A for the upcoming season.
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. away vs. Toledo
Sept. 14, 7 p.m. away vs. Santiam Christian
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. away vs. Salem Academy
Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. home vs. Rainier
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. home vs. Creswell
Oct. 11, 7 p.m. away vs. Jefferson High School
Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. home vs. Harrisburg
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. away vs. Scio
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. home vs. Pleasant Hill
Central Catholic football
The 2012 Central Catholic football team, which is returning 45 varsity lettermen and 13 starters from last season, is looking to defend its 2011 Mount Hood Conference Championship.
After going 10-3 and reaching the Class 6A semifinals last season, Central Catholic will be formidable opponents in 2012. The Rams return several key players. They include Dallin Leavitt at safety and Aidan Wilder, a dual-threat quarterback with three years of varsity experience. Also returning is three-year starter Beau Duronslet at wide receiver and safety, three-year starter Xavier Griggs at linebacker, two-year starter Lawrence Wilson at wide receiver, and Mitch Seeley, who will enter his fourth year as a varsity kicker.
With depth at nearly every position on both sides of the ball, Rams head coach Steve Pyne and his players have their sights set on exceeding even lofty expectations.
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. away vs. Sheldon
Sept. 14, 7 p.m., away vs. Lake Oswego
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. home vs. Jesuit
Sept. 28, 7 p.m. away vs. Reynolds
Oct 5, 7 p.m. home vs. Gresham
Oct 11, 7 p.m. away vs. David Douglas
Oct 19, 7 p.m. away vs. Barlow
Oct 26, 7 p.m. away vs. Centennial
Jesuit High School head football coach Ken Potter says the 2012 football team is looking to improve on a daily basis, continuing to look within themselves to be the best they can be, and "always giving all credit and success to the glory of God."
The perennially powerful Crusaders made it to the 6A semifinal game, to be knocked out by eventual champion Lake Oswego.
"The team is the focal point of each individual and this year is no different than any of the past," Potter says.
That being said, Jesuit calls its offensive line “The Franchise,” and Potter says those big, strong players are the starting point of every year’s team development. A good nucleus of the team, Potter explains, are returning starters Andrew Kirkland and Max Rich at offensive tackle, Dominic Baldocchi at offensive guard and Doug Brenner and Henry Mondeaux at tight end. The same group, along with returning starter Braden Nelson and Cooper Sprunk, will also be defensive linemen. A.J. Glass, Joey Alfieri, Christian Martinek, Trent Werner, and Buddy Webb are returning starters in the offensive backfield and on defense.
"All of these young men are tremendous leaders and people we can trust," Potter says. "As with every season, we have high expectations for this team and for each other on the football field, but more importantly in the classroom and in the community. Winning takes care of itself as long as you trust one another, work hard each and every day, and put your faith in God."
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. home vs. Union
Sept. 14, 7 p.m. home vs. Canby
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. away vs. Central Catholic
Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. away vs. Sunset
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. home vs. Westview
Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. away vs. Southridge
Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. home vs. Aloha
Oct. 26, away vs. Beaverton
La Salle Prep football
MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep won its first state championship in football last season. Coaches and players know that with success come greater expectations.
When head coach Tim Bowman was asked who he saw as his biggest threat to defending the title, he responded, “All of them. We look at all of our opponents as the toughest and biggest challenge.”
The 4A Falcons will look to add on to their current 14-game win streak by, Bowman says, by developing character, then building on that character to form the best individual football players and the best team.
Award winning senior quarterback Mark Holenstein will lead La Salle with the help of senior receiver and defensive back Colin Mesiner and senior linemen Sam Eichorn, T.J. Budetti and Jonathan Nagel. Also in the successful mix are senior receivers and defensive backfield specialists Grant Studdard, Alex Tetherow and Val Gashongore.
La Salle will play in a new stadium that holds almost 1,000 spectators.
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. away vs. Douglas
Sept. 14, 7 p.m. home vs. Philomath
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. away vs. Banks
Sept. 28, 7 p.m. away vs. Gladstone
Oct. 5, 7 p.m. home vs. North Marion
Oct. 11, 7 p.m. away vs. Madras
Oct. 19, 7 p.m. away vs. Estacada
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. home vs. Molalla
EUGENE — With non-league games at perennial power Bend Lava Bears and a home game against the Sherwood Bowmen, Marist's schedule starts out with two difficult tests early in the season.
The varsity football squad returns a host of veterans from last year's 12-1 team. senior quarterback Kamerun Smith, and senior wide receiver Austin Baird form a potent combination in the air with senior Josh Harper, junior Liam Henshaw and junior Adam Houser as other top teammates. Other offensive players of note are senior running back Levi Yarborough and junior linemen Dante Castille, Korey Thompson, Clark Morton and senior Eric Hammerschmith.
On the defense side of the ball, the Spartans return linebacker senior Colton Bloom, junior Cody King, and senior Jet Taylor. Senior Kaelen Byrum, junior Mak Hutson and senior Tyler Dennis anchor the defensive secondary. Additionally, on the defensive side, Harper, Thompson and Baird will play along with junior newcomer Cameron Jack.
The Spartans look forward to a strong season wand a great run through the Midwestern League with home games versus Ashland on September 14th, Marshfield, September 28 and Churchill on Oct. 11
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. home vs. Sherwood
Sept. 14, 7 p.m. home vs. Ashland
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. away vs. Marshfield
Sept. 28, 7 p.m. home vs. Willamette
Oct. 5, 7 p.m. away vs. Eagle Point
Oct. 11, 7 p.m. home vs. Churchill
Oct. 19, 7 p.m. away vs. Springfield
Oct. 26, 7 p.m. away vs. North Eugene
STAYTON — The Regis Rams say their 2012 football season looks promising. The Rams are under new head coach Drew Carter, who has installed a balanced offensive attack by implementing both a spread and power formation. Over the summer, the Rams took part in a team camp at Cottage Grove High School. At camp and in summer passing competition, the Rams held their own against perennial playoff teams like Marshfield, Cottage Grove and Corvallis.
The 2A Rams have a tough beginning to their schedule. They open up with a 3A team and neighboring school Jefferson. In game two, the Rams face the ultimate test; they travel down to play defending state champion and top-ranked Gold Beach. The Rams are a young team with only two seniors but have a strong group of juniors. The junior class has a strong nucleus of players who have gained significant playing time as starters the last two seasons.
Carter and his players hope to compete with league rivals for the top spot in the conference. The team is anchored by the offensive line. Senior Colin Campbell and Junior Trevor Dolby have been named permanent captains. Junior Noah Fessler was an honorable mention all-state offensive lineman last season.
Top returning players include Campbell at running back and linebacker and senior Josh Dol on the line. Dolby plays offensive Tackle and linebacker. Juniors Colby, Ryan Mumey and Noah Fessler are anchors in both the line and the backfield.
Newcomers Victor Rodriguez, Jeremiah Grieser, Cody Hueburger, Tony Marcott, Daniel Rodriguez and Blake Mitten may provide some surprise spark.
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. away vs. Gold Beach
Sept. 14, 7 p.m. away vs. Portland Christian
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. home vs. Gaston
Oct. 5, 7 p.m. away vs. Culver
Oct. 12, 7 p.m. home vs. Kennedy
Oct 19, 7 p.m. home vs. Waldport
Oct 26, 7 p.m. away vs. Central Linn
Nov 2, 7 p.m. away vs. Santiam
St. Mary's, Medford football
MEDFORD — Jamie Young is in his second year as head coach. The Crusaders are ranked 31st in Oregon 3A.
Players include Glenn Alvarez, Anthony Bonsi, Ryan Davidson, Denton Edwards, Conner Engle, Cody Freel, Tom Hilton, Benjamin Huang, Jake Isola, Conor Keating, Dan Leavens, Cameron Li, Mark Lynn, Duncan O’Boyle, Riley O’Sullivan, Scott Richter, Calvin Roberts, Dan Seus, Bruce Shu, Jacob Smith, Jacob Wall, Kenny Wei, Scott Whispell, Pierce Wisnovsky
Sept. 8, 7 p.m. home vs. Glendale
Sept. 15 1 p.m. home vs. Neah-Kah-Nie
Sept. 21 7 p.m. away vs. Myrtle Point
Sept. 28 7 p.m. away vs. Bonanza
Oct 6 7 p.m. home vs. Chiloquin
Oct 12, 7 p.m. away vs. Chemawa
Oct 20, 1 p.m. home vs. Weed, Calif.
Oct 27, 7 p.m. home vs. Etna, Calif.
Valley Catholic football
BEAVERTON — With only one senior on the 2012 Valiants roster, head coach Doug Ierardi and his staff look to build on last season and a successful summer. Coach Ierardi’s first season was a team of mostly freshman and sophomores who gained valuable experience last year and showed it by winning the Under Armour 7-on-7 Tournament at Salem Academy this past July.
The Valiants roster includes returning starters from last season, including the starting backfield of junior Liam Walsh and sophomore Clay Kemper. The offensive line will be a huge key to the success of Walsh and Kemper. Returning starters up front include junior John Tate, sophomore Brian Oakes and sophomore Drew VanderZanden.
The 2012 Valiants will also welcome back two key players who missed all of last season due to injury. Senior linebacker Chris Custer and junior quarterback Carter Buuck both missed the 2011 season and will be looked upon for leadership on and off the field.
The old saying goes, “Defense wins championships.” The Valiants will rely heavily on Custer as an inside linebacker and also a trio of sophomores in Tysen Prunty, Ben Klaas and Kazuma Lane to lead the defense.
Sept. 7, 7 p.m. away vs. Colton
Sept. 15, 2 p.m. home vs. Sheridan
Sept. 21, 7 p.m. away vs. Umatilla
Oct. 5, 7 p.m. away vs. Corbett
Oct. 19, 7 p.m. away vs. Warrenton
Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m. home vs. Clatskanie
Nov. 2, 7 p.m. away vs. Rainier