By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– It’s finally time for the Boys In Blue to break in those fancy cleats and gloves for the push ahead.
That’s right, its football season; and the excitement is there.
“It’s a lot of fun because we’ve been waiting all summer to come out here and finally get this,” said Ryan Beresford. “I’ve been really excited all summer just to finally come out here, being able to participate with my team.”
Even the coaches feel the electricity as Stayton prepares for their first game of the season here in just a matter of days.
“It feels good to be on pace for our first game. Things are now finally real,” said Eagles Head Coach Andy Campbell. “The offseason is over with, we get to be in-season; right now everyone’s practicing. Everyone in the State is practicing.
“And what are we doing differently and more efficient than them to be on top of the hill at the end of the year.”
The vocal point in the opening practice of the Fall Camp Monday was their zone read offense, something that’s a new facuet for Stayton as they look to force teams to account for all 11 guys on their offense every snap.
“That’s who we are, we’re a zone read team,” said Campbell. “Team will have to defend all 11 of us at every time. We’re not just a turnaround and hand the ball off which we were last year, but I think we can be a little more diverse with a few different athletes this year so we’re kind of excited to see what the scheme will look like.”
Expectations are high for the Eagles in this new offensive scheme. Campbell expects them to be tough, be fast, hussle around and, if it all works at the end of the day, they should be in great condition to compete for the Oregon West Conference-Title.
Stayton will be on the road to start the 2016 against Estacada. Kick off is 7pm September 2.
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