Preparing For The Season

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  The Blanchet Catholic Football team went to work with their preseason camp Tuesday night on home turf in preparation for the season ahead.

With about a dozen athletes showing up to the voluntary workout before Monday’s first official practice, some familiar faces from the Cavaliers 2-4 Spring squad were out putting in work in preparation for their Fall Season.   Luke Holland, Spencer Kowalski, Max Hoskins and Kyle Fromwiller were some of the returners with Head Coach Justin Hubbard having them work on conditioning and running through some offensive drills in their one-hour workout.

Fromwiller mentioned over the Spring that the rebuild was over for the Blanchet football program, who had gone 5-19 the last three seasons with the program with the season kicking off with a jamboree at Salem Academy on August 27 and their first game of the season September 3 against Regis at home.

“We’re going to get a few more guys out here so we’re going to have enough for a 11-man football team.  Every single guy has experience including the freshman coming up playing eighth-grade year, playing Mid-High.  I’m feeling pretty confident that we’re past the rebuilding stage,” Fromwiller said.

Blanchet graduated nine Seniors from their 2-4 Spring Season, but return a solid core entering the Fall (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“It’s definitely good to get the young guys in and show them how we do things around here, get them ready to play football,” adds Kowalski.  “We just have to come out here and push each other 100-percent of the time.”

The challenge for Blanchet this year will be their running game.  The Cavs were such a pro-running team in the Spring with Fromwiller, Logan Day and Caden Duch in the backfield that a bounce here and there would’ve swung a few games in their favor in the win-loss column.

Uncertain if they’ll be as run-heavy in the Fall as they were in the Spring, it being dependent how the team looks when practice officially kicks-off.  Nonetheless, Fromwiller is ready to carry the run-game for Blanchet if he’s called upon to do so.

“I’ve lost some weight; I’ve been hitting the weight room every day.  I’m feeling pretty confident in myself for sure…I’m feeling great,” Fromwiller said.

The season kicks off Monday with the first official practice.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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