BEAVERTON – Beaverton football returned to practice Monday afternoon expecting to continue to compete at a high level. The Beavers are coming off of back-to-back seasons in which they won the Jack Pine Conference and a first round playoff game. Last years team was undefeated in the conference and finished 10-1. Their only loss was to a very good New Lothrop team in the second round of the playoffs. “We expect to compete at a high level every week,” said head coach Aaron Seiser.
The Beavers return 11 players with varsity experience the majority of which are starters. Beaverton will need to replace several linebackers, which is vital in their defensive system that uses five linebackers. “We need to have some guys step in,” said Seiser. He feels that he has some players in the program that can do it; they just don’t have varsity experience. They have also lost some key offensive lineman from last year. “You are always worried about line play because that is where the game is won or lost,” continued Seiser. “There is a lot of competition going on. We got some guys that will stick their nose in there and compete. That’s a good thing.”
Leadership won’t be lacking on this years team. Trent Reed and Jake Fisher are going into their third year on the varsity team and will be expected to provide it. Seiser also mentioned that Cam Mishler is “pretty vocal,” but he also stresses that on “good teams everybody leads and on bad ones nobody does.” He feels that it is important for everybody to lead.
Seniors Carson Oldani and Brayde Keeley will both play wide out and expected to contribute on defense. Kyle Hall returns, he got a lot of playing time on the line at the end of the season last year according to Seiser. Younger guys such as Cody Baker and sophomore Logan Love will be competing for spots on the line. Several guys are playing new positions to try to get the best athletes on the field. “I am happy that we have some good competition on the offensive line,” added Seiser.
Other newcomers that will play key roles this year include Noah Coffee, Brian Northrup, Mitch Hall and Ethan Wolfe. They played well on the junior varsity team and will be asked to step in immediately. With only one returning linebacker, Luke Demoines, a lot will be expected from these younger guys. “We have some other guys that can move around so we will be doing a lot of experimenting this preseason,” added Seiser.
Something that Seiser mentioned was that it was nice to see all of the veteran guys helping out the younger players. He mentioned that without the typical summer work it is difficult for the newcomers to keep everything straight. He said a lot of players are stepping up in that respect. Besides missing the summer camps and seven-on-sevens there will also be no scrimmages this year. Without it they won’t have had a lot of contact going into the first game. Most teams don’t beat each other up anymore and rely on the scrimmages for that type of physical action. He wonders what it will look like early on when the real hitting starts.
Coach Seiser is the offensive coordinator and play caller. Scott Wickie is the defensive coordinator. Other staff members include; Mark Grove offensive line and linebackers, Will Gaudard receivers and special teams, Nate O’Brian, and Eric Cassiday will also help out when their schedules allow.
The Beavers open with Breckenridge again this year on August 27. He expects the Huskies to be very good. The teams split over the last two years and Seiser mentioned that Coach Robinson from Breckenridge expects to have one of his better teams this year. Starting on the road against a good team will give Seiser an early indication of how good his team will be.