Philomath High School's football team ended the season with a victory last night by defeating Yamhill-Carlton, 29-20 (and the score really wasn't that close ... the Tigers scored some points late against non-starters).
First-year coach Rob Shader was happy for the players to finish on a high note. They are planning to hold the football team's banquet Oct. 30. Shader said he wanted to do a "shout-out" to his assistant coaches for their help this season.
"I feel like our assistant coaching staff was just really awesome this year to giving their time and energy," Shader said. "We're a young staff but we learned a lot as well as the players."
Philomath didn't fare as well in the win column as in recent years but of course had to overcome the benching of the sport in 2016. It was the Warriors' first sub-.500 record since 2010.
Shader said it's a challenge "anytime you throw in a new offense, new defense and just being able to jell together and figuring out who's doing what role."
The coaching staff included three paid coaches and four volunteers: Brian Lundy, James Kohn, Jeremy Burrows, John Shader, Mike Waters, Miles Naughton and Tyler Hoerauf.