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After the OSAA Ad Hoc Football Committee completed their work, the Badgers will now be making regular trips to old playoff foes, but in league play. Powder Valley steps out of the previous 1A Special District 2-West into the newly formed 1A Special District 2. Gone are the days of taking on the Huskies, Rangers and Rockets for newly formed games versus the other Huskies, Bobcats and Panthers.
The numbers continue to dwindle for 8-man competition with the state hosting only three leagues this season.
A perfect league record will be difficult for any team and EOS anticipates the league champion will not be known until the final regular season game. There is just too much talent across the board.
Do not be surprised to see four or five on the top 10 ranked teams in the state come from this league as the season progresses.
League Finish: 1st
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 6th
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 6
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 6 sophomores, 4 juniors and 6 seniors
Season Opener: Friday, Sept. 1 in Dufur taking the field versus Myrtle Point
Comments: The Lopes cruised to a perfect district record last season and easily won the first round of the 1A playoffs. In the quarterfinals, on the road, the season ended in Lost River. This will be the first year Adrian takes the field without a Martin but experience is back with six seniors including a healthy Jace Bateman. The Antelopes open with the Dufur jamboree and then are off to Idaho the following week. Homecoming is early this year with a league opener versus Cove on Sept. 15.
League Finish: 3rd
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 12th
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 4
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 4 sophomores, 8 juniors and 6 seniors
Season Opener: Friday, August 25 hosting Enterprise for jamboree play
Comments: The Leopards were in the mix in league play last season, winning a first-round game against Enterprise before seeing Powder Valley send Cove home for the year. Where the Leopards are this year will show early as Cove is on the road on Sept. 15 in an attempt to put a damper on Adrian’s homecoming. Home fans have a four week stretch to see the Leopards at home starting Sept. 29, Cove’s homecoming.
League Finish: 2nd
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 4th
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 5
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 2 sophomores, 8 juniors and 2 seniors
Season Opener: Thursday, September 7 hosting Bonanza
Comments: The Mustangs hit the field this season minus long time coach Stub Travis but with state champion coach Matt Hawley. Junior Cody Siegner is already getting some collegiate looks and summer workouts have gone well according to Hawley. Crane has tough road games the end of September, playing Union and Adrian. Versus the Badgers, the Mustangs host Powder Valley for the final game of the year.
2022-23 Record: 5-3 Overall, 3-3 League
League Finish: 4th
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 13th
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 5
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 5 sophomores, 4 juniors and 4 seniors
Season Opener: The Huskies bring a balanced squad this year of youth and experience to the field. Like many in the district, Elgin visits Dufur to start the season with a jamboree. The Huskies do take on Adrian on the road but host Crane late in the season on a positive. Injuries took a toll last season-a healthy team playing the entire season is needed.
2022-23 Record: 4-4 Overall, 3-3 League
League Finish: 5th
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 16th
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 2
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 4 sophomores, 2 juniors and 10 seniors
Season Opener: Friday, August 25 at the Cove jamboree
Comments: The Panthers start the year as the senior heavy team in the district. A projected 10 seniors are expected to take the field and Imbler will play on the field at Eastern Oregon University on Sept. 7 versus Dufur. The Panthers do host both Crane and Powder Valley but will be on the road to take on Adrian. Two home games will end the season. If the Panthers are to make a statement, this is the year.
2022-23 Record: 10-1 Overall, 6-0 League
League Finish: 1st in 1A Special District 2-West
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 2nd
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 7
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 8 sophomores, 8 juniors and 3 seniors
Season Opener: Friday, September 1 in Dufur jamboree versus Camas Valley
Comments: Here is the point the league becomes interesting. After taking the district championship last season in the Special District 2-West, the Badgers were switched to the Special District 2 to battle it out with some old nemeses. The move places three of the top six teams (according to last year’s OSAA rankings) now in the same league. A gauge of where the Badgers are this year will be an early, non-league game in Burns as Powder Valley and Lost River play on a Saturday.
2022-23 Record: 3-6 Overall, 1-5 League
League Finish: 6th
2022-23 Final State Ranking: 19th
Seniors Lost To Graduation: 6
Returnees: Scheduled to return are 8 sophomores, 8 juniors and 4 seniors
Season Opener: Friday, September 1 at Dufur jamboree versus Perrydale
Comments: The Bobcats are back with experience. One downside is a string of road games extending to Oct. 13, the first chance home fans are able to see Union. Hosting Adrian for the final regular game of the season could be an exclamation point on the year. Road games in Crane and Powder Valley will be a test.
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