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Parkrose lost to St.Helens (18-31) on Oct. 6, and Sandy (0-62) Sept. 15.
As the football season comes to an end, some of the players are left disappointed by the lack of wins taken by the team this year. Built on a team that consists majority of underclassmen, this year can be seen as a learning season as the boys gain experience and strength to prepare for the years to come.
“We have heart and talent, but lack years of athletic experience compared to other schools,” head coach Brian Davis said.
With an overall record of 0-7 and a league record of 0-5, the team has been struggling to take home a victory for Parkrose.
But the team remains hopeful to rebuild the program. The absence of leadership from seniors has taken a toll on the team. With fewer than 10 seniors, the team is relatively young, compared to previous years where the team was dominated by upperclassmen.
One of these younger players is freshman wide receiver Tre Anderson. Anderson said that the potential within the team is evident because of how they’ve played previously.
“We’re gonna do a lot if we play like the first quarter against Sandy. We executed well,” Anderson said, “Everyone did their job. There were leaders in that first quarter.”
Because players at Parkrose are limited in opportunities to train for football elsewhere, they aren’t given adequate training as compared to players from schools in their league such as Sandy, Wilsonville and La Salle.
One of the few Parkrose students to play outside of school is captain senior Spencer Tatafu, who has been attending football camps in other states due to scholarships, sponsorships or even paying out of pocket.
“With other schools compared to Parkrose, we don’t have the money and funds to actually get great programming. The camps especially. We don’t have enough money for team camps or individual camps,” Tatafu said.
This lack of experience is compounded by the fact that all sports were cut at Parkrose Middle School in 2013.
“Without feeder, meaning youth, teams for all sports especially football, it creates a disadvantage for Parkrose athletics,” Davis said.
Lack of opportunity has meant that some young athletes leave to play for Madison or Jefferson, or to not even play at all.
“Until there are youth programs that are set up specifically for Parkrose, we will continue to have to work harder than other schools,” Davis said.