Note to readers: This blog originally had information about a JV game on Thursday. Philomath AD Tony Matta said the JV schedule as listed on the OSAA website was incorrect and the game will actually be Monday. — Editor
Hey Warriors fans, today is Tuesday, Sept. 3.
It’s game week … on many levels. The season openers include girls soccer on Wednesday, volleyball and boys soccer on Thursday, football on Friday and cross-country on Saturday.
I’ll be inside the gym checking out the volleyball team in its doubleheader against Crescent Valley and Cottage Grove. Of course tomorrow, I’ll be out at the girls soccer game to see how the Warriors can fare against the defending state champions, Hidden Valley.
Then on Friday, the varsity football team plays at Junction City. It’s a little difficult to know what to expect when it comes to season openers. The Tigers return two players that were included on the Sky-Em League’s all-conference team last season in senior Estifanos Gerdes, who made second team at both wide receiver and defensive back, and junior Bryer Moore, an honorable mention pick at tackle.
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Philomath returns three players that picked up Oregon West Conference honors a year ago. That list includes senior Colby Roe, second team at running back; junior Mike Lundy, second team at defensive back; and senior Brody Hiner, honorable mention at tackle. Toby Stueve was an honorable mention pick last season at wide receiver but he opted to not play football this fall.
Based on recent historical data, which is about all I have to go on, I’d venture to say that Philomath will come out with a victory Friday night to start the season 1-0. The two keys? Well, execution of the revamped offense will be big, including line play, and as I would always point out, the Warriors need to win the turnover battle, which could become a factor more often than not in a season opener.
Boys soccer plays on the road Thursday and at home late Saturday morning, although it looks like a personal commitment will not allow me to get to that home opener. I’ll have to catch up with the boys on Tuesday against Stayton. Cross-country will be on the road at Tillamook.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.
— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express