This Eastside team is something special. The Blazers won eight games for the first time since 2014 and could make a run in sectional after breezing through Woodlan 21-0 Friday.
“These guys have put an awful lot of work into this eight-win season,” Blazers coach Todd Mason said. “We talked about it before the game that this all started in January and this was a culmination of getting it done in the playoffs.”
Maybe more impressive is the fact that this team should be good for years to come, too, with sophomore quarterback Laban Davis and speedy, freshman running back Dax Holman among many underclassmen starters.
With youth comes mistakes. The Blazers had nine penalties Friday and Mason said that can't happen against Bishop Luers next week.
"We can't do that and it irritates the life out of me," he said. "We’ll get on a drive and get a false start and it puts us behind the chains, and we just can't do that. We got to clean up the penalties, but I'll tell you what, our efforts are fantastic and as long as those efforts keep going we’re going to be just fine.”
The Blazers fans had a lively visitor section in Woodburn, which Mason appreciates.
“Our community has backed us 100%, and we have done a lot for our community,” he said. “I believe in giving back and our community has just embraced that and we’ve had the best crowds everywhere we’ve went, so I’m pretty proud of that. It’s a great day to be a Blazer."