Central Valley Conference Football Preview2013
West Salem Titans
Head Coach: Shawn Stanley (ninth year)
2012: 5-0 (10-2); First Place- CVC
Lost to Lake Oswego 28-7 in quarterfinals of 6A playoffs
The West Salem Titans just keep winning. 2012 garnered the team another Central Valley Conference football championship, and they are considered a front runner to repeat this fall.
Coach Shawn Stanley has a solid foundation of returning skill players to build upon, led by junior quarterback Cade Smith (6-1 195) who threw for 1400 yards and 13 TDs last fall, and ran for another 10 scores. Wide receivers Keegen Hlad (6-4 190 Jr.) and Brady Rediger (5-9 170 Sr.) also combined for over 400 yards and 4 TDs in 2013. But other positions remain a question mark. Smith also has an able back up in strong-armed junior Doug Clem (6-2 205), who quarterbacked the Titan's unbeaten JV team in 2012.
At running back, the Titans will have untested Gary Garvin (5-9 185 Jr.), Mike West (6-1 215), and Hamilton Hunt (6-0 185 Jr.) to carry the football.
Wideouts Tristan James (6-1 185 Jr.) and Luke Ferguson (5-11 165 Jr.) are expected to give support to Smith in the passing attack, along with H-backs Connor Mattison (5-10 205 Sr.) and Aaron Sigmund (5-11 200 Jr.).
The offensive line is devoid of any returning players, but Stanley likes the personnel he has to work with. Senior Jared WInkel (6-2 220) is penciled in at center. Guard candidates include Donovan Hinkle (6-1 205 Jr.), Lisala Manu (6-2 250 Jr.) and Roman Kleiber (6-2 215 Jr.). At tackle, the leading candidates are Erik Egbert (6-3 250 Sr.), Jon Jones (6-3 240 Sr.), and Chris Wolf (5-11 280 Sr.).
Defensively, West will mix in some of the offensive linemen with some up-and-coming underclassmen. Ben Folia (5-11 240 Jr.), Markus John (6-3 320 Soph.) and Jacob Kizer (6-5 215 Soph.) are expected to make life difficult for opposing offenses.
At linebacker, Hinkle, Mattison and West are expected to share time on the inside; outside, Hlad, Hunt, Sigmund, and senior Matt Long (6-2 180) will patrol the outside.
Secondary players include Smith, James, and sophomore Andy Armstrong (5-9 160) are projected to play cornerback, while Rediger, Ferguson, and senior Ethan Oehler (6-0 180) are candidates at free safety.
On special teams, Hlaad and Mattison will share punting duties, while junior Noah Chica (5-9 175) is the favorite to be the newest Titan placekicker.
West Salem opens its season at South Medford on August 30.
Projected finish in CVC Coaches Poll: First