By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It’s weird to say, think and fathom that the Sprague Football team went 2-7 coming on the heels of an second-round and Quarterfinal appearance the last two years entering 2018.
But, as they close in to August 30’s jamboree at Sprague High School, they haven’t forgotten one of the toughest seasons in recent Olympian Football memory entering this season.
“This year we’re focusing more on having fun and just going out there and competing. Week-by-week getting revenge from the teams we did last year,” said Elias Polanski. “We just have to come in everyday and get better, have fun and get after it.”
Polanski started at Quarterback down the stretch for Sprague last season before an Achilles injury sidelined the incoming Senior from finishing the season. Healthy now, Polanski hopes last year’s experiences helps him guide the Olys into the season ahead.
“I just feel like those last two games really just helped me get some experience to get firing this year and get after it,” said Polanski. “Just being able to get thrown into the fire, get my feet wet and just be ready for this year.”
In Thursday afternoon’s 7-on session with Canby, Polanski had familiar targets in Wiley Roberts and Matt Sparling while taking snaps from Tucker Brooks to build those relationships with his receivers, but a new target coming around this season for the Sprague offense is getting his feet wet in incoming sophomore Zach Dodson-Greene.
After spending last season with the freshman squad, the roughly six-footer has some size to him at the slot that could help Sprague this fall.
“I’m doing pretty well with the different level of competition, it’s a lot different than freshman. I feel like I’m doing a really good job when it comes to balling out against other competition,” said Dodson-Greene. “I’m learning a lot from out older receiver core and they’re helping me become a better receiver. I feel like I’m fitting in what our scheme is on our team.”
As the younger guys like Cole Elmore work in with some of the Varsity guys like Max Fry and Adam Ferguson offensive and defensively, Sprague’s seeing what they have entering Fall Camp on who may get some of those Varsity reps on Friday nights.
“The defense is doing great right now, it’s definitely where we want it to be. We still have some things to work on, but its definitely where we want to be,” said Dodson-Greene, who saw a few reps on defense as well Thursday.
Sprague opens the regular season September 6 at Liberty. The Olympians first home game will be September 27 when they host South Salem.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald