Key losses- Jose Guillen, Tim Fox,Ashten Kenline,Josiah Jenkins,Ethan Bogart.
Key returners-Adam Plant,Austin Mckittrick,Aaron Neuroth, Dylan Westbrook,Daniel Underwood,Mats Aaboen,Canon Valentine.
In 2018 La Pine fought the injury bug the whole season. The Hawks lost key players seemingly every week, including losing their starting Quarterback very early on. After the QB was out for the season, things started to spiral downward. The one promising thing about that La Pine team was they only lost to Sutherlin by 8 points, and only lost to Harrisburg by 14 points. La Pine kids never gave up, and when they had a sliver of hope they took advantage as much as they could.
Going into 2019 La Pine loses a lot of players and talent like Jose Guillen, who played in the 4a/3a/2a/1a Shrine Game in Baker City. In our opinion, if they stayed healthy they would have gone 5-4 and at least made the blowout games closer, if not making the playoffs.
In 2019 we think La Pine will have a one-game improvement over last years 3-6 record. We think they will go 4-5 and finish fourth in their league. If healthy they will have a decent football team this upcoming season.
Key loses- Sam Testa OL/DL,Tim Lowder OL/LB, Riley Jennings OL/DL.
Key Returners-Elijah Blankenship QB/DB, Camp LaCouture RB/LB,Prestin Smith WR/LB,Skyler Loomis,Matt Horillo OL/DL,Zach Stinger OL/DL.
In 2018 Siuslaw did not win a game, and none of the losses were even close. They only played two seniors on a regular basis, and played most of their varsity squad on JV for two Quarters to get them more experience. Most of the time they barely won those JV games, despite playing with a mostly varsity roster. Going into 2019 they will once again have a new coach and will most likely learn a new offensive playbook.
This Siuslaw team has some talent to work with now. They have a really fast Quarterback, a decent receiving core, and they played all Sophomores last year primarily.
Siuslaw looks to have another 0-9 or 1-8 season ahead of them, though a running clock in the 3rd or 4th quarter may not be as prevalent as last season.