To Finish Strong

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

WOODBURN, Ore.— We’re entering the tail end of the Dog Days of the football summer training session.

Though the monotonous and the mundane, champions are born, competitors are awoken from within yourself; and Head Coach Andy Campbell knows that leaders will appear with his team.

“Right now, we’re looking for leadership.  We’re looking for all the intangibles in our kids today,” said Campbell.  “To come through and compete, that’s what we want to do.”

Facing 6A North Salem High School and their Fly Sweep Offense, these experiences will help the Eagles soar against teams like North Marion or that team from Turner that starts with a ‘C’.

“It’s tough,” laughed Brayden Neuharth on adjusting to the Fly Sweep.  “We’re definitely getting better as a team. It’s tough playing the 6A schools and stuff, but we’re hanging around with them.”

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The Stayton defense breaking up a pass versus North Salem (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

That competiton and that improvement has been noticed even by Campbell, who mentioned with how great the team is competing as they go through the growing pains as a growing team.

“We’ve progressed as far as a team goes we have some great practices  last week,” said Campbell.  “Our performance here last week wasn’t what we wanted it to be but you have to have that some times.  It kind of brings us back down to Earth.

“Otherwise as we’ve competed as an entire unit, I’m really pleased with how our kids compete and get after things, it’s probably the best we’ve looked in the last year and a half.”

As seven-on-seven roars on, they know they can finish their final inter-squad competition piece before the season with the defending 4A champions in Cascade High School.

And Stayton’s excited to play their rivials in Turner Wednesday evening.

“Especially since they’re the Defending State Champs and our rivals, we’re super hype to beat them,” said Neuharth.

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