FB GAME PREVIEW: Sprague and the Olympic Task against the Apollos

Justin Culpepper Rolling Out to His Right vs. North Salem (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)
Justin Culpepper Rolling Out to His Right vs. North Salem (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

By Jeremy McDonald


SALEM, Ore.–  The Olympians will have a Olympic task on their hands facing the son of Zeus and Leto with the Apollos.

That’s a Greek mythology-reference for a sports article for those of you interested in mythology of Ancient Greece.

The 13th-ranked Sprague High School Football team (7-2, 7-1 Greater Valley Conference) enters the 6A OSAA Playoffs as the 13th-seed as they are hosting the Apollos of Sunset High School

“It’s nice to have a home playoff game,” said Olympian Head Coach Jay Minyard on being the host team.  “For the kids it’s great for them to be in a familiar environment, and to be able to go home and relax on Friday before the game is always a nice luxury.

The 20th-ranked Apollos enter the playoffs coming off a 21-12 victory over Century, but have split their last four games as they finished fourth in the Metro League.

But coach Minyard knows that they have a good squad in Sunset as they played against the lights of number-one Jesuit, and number-nine Beaverton.

“The plan for sunset is to play as hard as we can and try and execute to the best of our ability,” he said about the game plan for Friday.  “They are a very good football team.  I’m sure it will be a good game.”

There was one good point as Sprague opens up the playoffs tomorrow night, how they’ve prepared for this week’s game with some assistance of the younger guys from the lower levels of the program.

“I’d say we’ve had the best week of practice that we’ve had all year,” said Minyard.  “It’s always fun when you get to bring some young bucks up and introduce them to what a varsity practice is all about.  It gives a little boost to our scout teams and raises the level of intensity in practice.”

Kickoff for this Olympic battle is slated for 7:15pm in Olympic Stadium.

Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013).  Got a story idea? Email him at jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!

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