By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– As most Varsity teams are walking into the postseason with a game this past Friday, Scio did not in terms of Varsity games.
Their junior varsity played Chemawa Friday that featured some Varsity guys who came down to play the JV-Only Braves at home, but the night and week off-ish helped the Loggers heal up for another playoff push.
“I felt pretty good, I know I was a little banged on a couple of spots on my body,” said Dru Cook, “But I took care of myself last week and made sure that I was going to be healthy for the next four weeks for playoffs.”
And that’s always a good thing to have entering the playoffs since bye week’s in high school football is so few and far between if at all; especially when you run the system the Loggers run, the mileage does run up at this point of the season.
However, the question becomes how do you rev it back up after a minor break in terms of game action?
The challenge with taking a week off when you’ve been on-a-roll like Scio’s been scoring 42.7 a game offensively and a defense that’s allowing 15.5 a game with a shutout Week 3 against Gervais is continuing that like you were.
But as Jake Lowther told his team that he didn’t want Thursday’s walk-through to be his last practice, the focus they had all season hasn’t faltered one bit since Week 1 against Rainier to now entering Round 1 of the State Playoffs.
“It was surprisingly much easier than I thought, we all have our goals set,” said Lowther. “But yeah, talked about it at the beginning of the year and we keep working for it every day and as a team we stayed pretty focused., yeah we goof off, we have fun but that’s…we got to have fun to love the sport and I think everyone’s focused enough to go week-by-week.
“We took it well last week, it was nice to have a little bit of rest, but nothing left we just have to get after it.”
And with Lakeview making the journey from the Klamath Falls area, the focus is there through the joking and seriousness of the night before their next opponent; but so is the excitement of the playoffs.
“Oh I’m crazy excited for it, I’m ready to go hurt somebody,” smiled Cook as the two-headed monster in their running back core of him and Brody Foster will be unleashed one more time at the 7pm kickoff.
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