Football (see front page) and cross-country (see above) both competed this week. The boys and girls soccer teams were scheduled to play at a jamboree in Phoneix, OR but the event was cancelled due to poor air quality caused from the wildfires.
Football – Last Thursday, Yoncalla played at the Lowell Jamboree where they faced off against Lowell, Hosanna Christian and Powers. Coach Matt Bragg noted that they won one game and that the defense did not look as good as they could at this point of the season. Bragg also noted that the team was without a few key players who are still in the process for being cleared to play this season.
The Elkton volleyball team played Mohawk twice last week. In both games the team won in straight sets. Head coach Tera Monroe said that she likes where the team is at right now and that they will be looking to build on the success that they have had. Senior Hannah Maxwell noted that she believes that this team has the ability to get to the state playoffs this season.
Last Saturday, the football team travelled to Rogue River for a football jamboree. In the jamboree they played against Rogue River, Prospect, Butte Falls and Riddle. For their jamboree each team had nine plays on each side of the ball.
Against Rogue River, the team gave up a touchdown but was able to move the ball well according to coach Bill Shaw. Shaw noted that they drove to the 2 yard line but then were out of plays. Shaw felt the team played well against Prospect and Butte Falls but struggled against Riddle who scored two touchdowns against them. He believes that if it were a full game his team would have been able to make the necessary adjustments to compete.
Check out next week’s paper when there will be a 20-page look at all of the varsity teams in Cottage Grove, Elkton, North Douglas and Yoncalla. It will includes interviews with players, coaches and athletic directors from each school in addition to each team's schedule for the coming year.