The Most Memorable Season in Years
By Kaycie Otis
The 2016 Toledo Boomer football program ended the regular season with a 7-2 record. The Boomers started the season strong with two huge wins against Oakridge (57-32) and Gaston (41-14). The third game didn’t go as well, however, and the team fell short on the road against St. Paul (28-44). This year’s program is fortunate to have 26 players, picking up the slack of injured and ineligible players. Though it’s not the desired number, the team is doing very well considering most of the players play both offense and defense. Some of the smaller, younger players aren’t seeing the field as much as they wish, but when they do go in they give it their all.
“It’s my second year of football and I’m telling you 8th grade football is nothing compared to high school football,” says outside linebacker Santana Hutchinson. “The only thing I wish I could have done better was put in more and go harder! The upcoming teams have to understand that it’s going to be a long year for football as a freshmen because it’s such a big jump from middle school. Way harder, physically and mentally,” he added.
The football team is also fortunate to have a whole new coaching staff this year. The new staff includes head Coach Steve Cragan, as well as assistant coaches Clint Raever, Jerrod Eshleman, and Steven Petty. The only returning coach is offensive line and defensive line coach, Kameron Boro.
These coaches are able to be a part the last year for four seniors: quarterback and linebacker Kyle (Bear) Otis, wide receiver and free safety Fischer Walker, running back and linebacker Sam Schneider, and offensive and defensive lineman Brandon Hoffman.
Though the regular season games ended on October 27th, beating Waldport 62-8, the Boomers are having a home playoff game against Union, who took 2nd in the Wapiti conference, on November 4th at 6pm. They ended the season capturing the league champion.
Senior Brandon Hoffman running the ball against Kennedy.