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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Eagles return veteran group for 2019 football

 

September 5, 2019

The St. John/Endicott/ LaCrosse Eagles are back on the football field, set to open the 2019 season at Colton Friday at 7 p.m.

Practice started on Aug. 21 with harvest taking players away at various times.

"Some kids still with a little acreage that they're cutting," said second-year varsity coach Rich Hallenius.

The team has 21 kids on the roster, a group which went to a team camp in Ephrata over the summer.

"A lot of kids didn't know where Ephrata was," Hallenius said.

They slept on the floor of the science room of the high school, a veteran group of eight seniors, six that played last year and a mix of experienced juniors and sophomores.

"The big guys got bigger," said Hallenius.

One in particular, Kameron Greenhalgh, a junior lineman is now 6'7", 310 pounds.

"He's slimmed down quite a bit," Hallenius said.

The team graduated just two seniors last year, Conr Hergert, defensive end/running back, and Grant Harrison, offensive/defensive lineman.

Back this fall include quarterback Tre Fleming, now a senior safety, and Chase Anderson, senior running back/linebacker, who gained the most total yards last year for the Eagles.

Also carrying the ball again will be Jonathan Logan, senior fullback/linebacker.

"He's a 5/7 brick," Hallenius said.

Catching passes will be junior Wyatt Walker, a receiver/defensive back.

On the line are three key returners; Greenhalgh, Brady Pitts, junior, and Cale Crider, another junior.

"The hogs," Hallenius said.

New at quarterback is senior Dylan Campbell, also a defensive end.

Doug Stach returns as well, a junior defensive end and running back.

"He's our burner," said Hallenius.

At linebacker in the Eagles' 4-2 defense will be brothers Jonathan and Mathew Logan, a senior and sophomore.

New players expected to make an impact for the team include sophomores Austin Stanley, wide receiver/offensive line; Ryan Anderson, defensive end, and Matthew Logan, middle linebacker/running back.

"I like the cards that I have this year," Hallenius said.

He is assisted by Mike Blakeley.

On the practice field the past two weeks, the two coaches have pushed more conditioning, aiming to make it fun.

"A lot more running," said Hallenius. "Agility drills, medicine balls, relays, we re-introduced them to bear crawls... fun punishments.... You start winning games and you don't have to have as much fun in practice."

The Eagles finished the season last year with one win, beating Touchet.

Competition this year will be more varied, with four teams added to the Southeast 1B football schedule, joining perennial powers already in place such as Sunnyside Christian.

"They graduated quite a few seniors last year but I'm not sure it was enough," said Hallenius.

The Eagles home debut will be Sept. 13 against Lyle at LaCrosse.

 
 

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