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New football coaches hope to bring change to program

Junior Hoang
Head coach Russel Millage (right) watches on the field. He looks forward to seeing the team improve and build off their potential.

With the football season starting up with a different squad and new coaches, they are looking to set fresh standards.

Last year, the team had a rough season with a 0-9 record. However, this year, they have a young varsity squad with eight freshmen, and they are looking to improve on their weaknesses so they can succeed this season.

“We think we can be really successful this year with the combination of athletes and linemen we got,” head coach Russel Millage said.

The bonding over the offseason helped make the team more tight-knit and closer to each other than last year.

“This offseason, for team bonding, we all took a trip to Astoria and went to the beach,” sophomore quarterback Tre’Marion Crawford said.

He added that the football team also bonded over team dinners and sleepovers.

The team also went to University of Oregon where they played seven-on-seven football games against schools from around the Pacific Northwest.

“From when we went to [the University of] Oregon to where we are now is leaps and bounds,” Millage said.

This year the team’s main goal is to make the playoffs.

“My number one goal is to make sure to help the seniors finish the year and finish on the winning side of things,” Millage said.

They have also made big improvements to the team.

“We are one of those teams that have come a long way,” Crawford said.

According to Millage, the team has really improved on the defensive side of the ball.

Millage shared that some top players to look out for this season are Crawford, left tackle Eric Hoover, linebacker Brandon Kyle and receiver Junior Lainer.

Millage is very excited for the rest of their season.

“We are excited to get these kids better and get the most out of their potential,” Millage said.

After winning against Putnam the team is looking strong and ready to prove the doubters wrong.

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