TOLEDO — Nobody kept official scores at Friday’s pre-season jamboree of title-hungry teams, but there were plenty of scores to settle.
“There were some old-time Coast League rivalries going on, and it was fun to play against schools in your own neighborhood again,” said Newport head coach Rod Losier, referring to the long-defunct football conference.
Teams from Newport, Toledo, Lincoln City and Mt. Angel unveiled their new game plans during the full-contact spectacle at Hargett Field, including a new Cubs offensive spread and dynamic box defense that allowed only one score (by Kennedy) against Newport in 36 half-field plays.
More coaches emerged feeling good about the jam’s results, with Taft’s Jake Tolan praising a tough Tiger defense that held Newport and Toledo to single touchdowns.
“We found out tonight that we are much more mentally tough and together as a team than years past,” beamed Tolan. “As a team we are much better than a year ago at this time.”
Toledo coach Jeff Taylor, whose team roughed-up Taft in the opening game, said the jamboree found flaws and strengths in the Boomer squad, which faces its first real test Friday at home in a 7 p.m. game against athletic Nestucca.
“I felt like we did really well,” said Taylor. “We have a lot of improvement to do as players and coaches, but I was impressed with how we handled ourselves.”
While Toledo hosts Nestucca, Newport faces Tillamook at home Friday at 7 p.m. Taft will meet Harrisburg on the Tiger home field Friday, also at 7 p.m.