By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.—As the sun sets on the eve of the season and the opening week of the season, the Kennedy Trojans were some of Oregon’s final teams to get their jamboree’s in before Week one of the season starts this upcoming week.
For the Trojans, Saturday evening’s scrimmages with Rainier, La Pine and the host-Pirates was a nice chance of pace from the practices from within the gym back in Mt. Angel with Dylan Klienschmit and Angel De La Rosa getting reps at Varsity quarterback Saturday.
“We looked pretty good out of the gates because we’ve been stuck inside because of the smoke and a lot better than last year,” said Klienschmit of the offense as they look to improve entering practice this upcoming week. “Tackling and staying on our blocks, those are probably our big two. But we could probably work on everything.”
At six-foot-six, Rocco Carley was a favorite target as his Tight End-like frame mixed in with his basketball skill created mis-matches on the defenses Saturday as he thought his squad did pretty well in adjusting with what they had given to them so far this Fall in terms of practice thus far.
“For both sides, we did solid considering the smoke and the little amount of practices we’ve been getting. But I take pride in our offense, being an offense-primarily guy, I think our offense did great,” said Carley. “We were able to put on a good amount of touchdowns on the board and the defense will come. Our defense was still pretty locked down, so we’re pretty happy.”
And with Blanchet Catholic Friday at Willamette University at 7:30pm to kick-off the season, the offensive firepower with guys like Carley, Emorej Lynk and David Reyes to name a few.
But it’s also going to going to come down to sound defense as well and playing discipline starting the line were Carley is at defensive end all the way to the defensive backs and secondary guys like Isaiah Basargin.
“So going into Blanchet, they’re a very disciplined school. We got to stay discipline on the edge. Being a defensive end guy, we got sucked in one too many times,” said Carley. “Outside runs beat us, but also being sound as far as our defensive backs go. Making sure we’re dropping back in coverage and being discipline as far as not getting beat deep or down the middle.”
With the jamboree complete, it’s onto the real work now with their first week-prep leading into their game with the Cavaliers.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald