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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
A healthy Jack Suing
bodes well for Kennedy
MT. ANGEL -- The spark of what
Jack Suing can do when healthy
should give reason for pause.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound tight end/
linebacker missed most of the 2015
season for Kennedy’s football team,
but when he came back for the OSAA
Class 2A state semifinals, his pres-
ence was felt.
Suing broke his collarbone early
in his junior season, but recovered in
time for the semifinals.
He caught two passes for 40 yards
and a touchdown and recorded 4.5
tackles in a 34-20 win against Stan-
field then had nine tackles, second
most on the team, in a 48-0 loss to
Heppner in the championship game.
“Not being able to play was a very
humbling, but I was still there with
the guys and it was a great experi-
ence,” Suing said. “It was very hard
personally, but seeing the team do so
well was a huge plus.”
Suing was an All-State tight end as
a sophomore, but will transition into
a fullback/tight end role this season.
“We’re really looking forward to
having him back for a full season,”
Kennedy coach Joe Panuke said.
Suing is part of a large group of
experienced, strong seniors for the
Trojans, including quarterback/de-
fensive back Brett Traeger and run-
ning back/defensive back Bishop
Mitchell was first-team all-state
on both sides of the ball as a junior
and Traeger was a first-team all-
state defensive back.
“We know we’ve got some good
players coming back and the expec-
tations are high,” Panuke said. “The
kids think they’ll have another good
The veterans with playoff experi-
ence have the potential to lead Ken-
nedy on another deep run.
“I’m hoping to help lead our team
because we lost some good seniors
last year,” Suing said. “Last year was
good, but now we have to focus on
this year and taking every day one
step at a time.”
DANIELLE PETERSON / STATESMAN JOURNAL
Jack Suing missed most of the 2015 season with a broken collarbone but returned for Kennedy’s state semifinal game.
Coach: Joe Panuke, third year.
Last year’s record: 10-2 overall, 3-1 Tri-River,
lost in state championship game.
Bishop Mitchell, sr., RB/CB: A first-team
all-league player on both sides of the ball as a
junior who amassed 1,800 yards and 25
Brett Traeger, sr., QB/DB: Passed for 901 yards
and seven touchdowns as a junior and was a
first-team all-league defensive player.
Jeremy Kliewer, sr., OL/DL: A first-team
all-league player and the leader on the line
for the Trojans.
Outlook: Kennedy has a prolific group of skill
position players back led by Mitchell and are
experienced on the defensive side of the
The Trojans’ biggest holes are on the line
where Kliewer and David Wright are
returning starters, but the team has the talent
to challenge for the state championship.
Coach: Kyle McGrath, third year.
player on both sides of the ball as a junior and
an experienced multi-sport athlete.
Holden Smith, jr., QB/DB: A second-team
all-league selection at punter as a sophomore.
Brandon Piete, jr., RB/LB: A second-team
all-league player on both sides of the football
as a sophomore and a dynamic player.
Jacob Forsythe, sr., OL/DL: The most
experienced player up front and a
second-team all-league defensive player last
Outlook: The Rams have an experienced,
athletic group and has the potential to
compete for the league championship.
Coach: Dustin McGee, second year.
Last year’s record: 4-5 overall, 1-3 Tri-River.
Jackson Klagge, sr., OL/DL: He was a
second-team all-league player on both sides
of the ball as a junior.
Jordan Lanham, jr., RB/CB: A strong
straight-ahead runner and second-team
all-league defensive player.
Sean Horning, jr., WR/S: An honorable
mention all-league defensive back and one of
the team’s top skill players.
Outlook: The team returns nine starters on
both sides of the ball from a group that made
a big step forward in placing 4-5 last season.
But in a loaded league the team still has work
to do to battle for a state playoff spot.
Last year’s record: 8-4 overall, 3-1 Tri-River,
lost in state semifinals.
Last year’s record: 3-5 overall, 0-4 Tri-River.
Bryce Piete, sr., QB/DB: An athletic,
experienced first-team all-league player who
will set the tone for the Rams on offense.
Eric Gustin, sr., TE/LB: A first-team all-league
Coach: Tony Smith, ninth year.
Adal Izquierdo, sr., RB/DB: A standout on
defense last year and second-team all-league
player who will play an increased role on
offense this year.
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Outlook: The Buckaroos have a large group
of seniors and the experience at the skill
positions to challenge for a state playoff spot
guns to compete for the league championship
again this year, but North Douglas (7-3) has
young players who will put the team toward
the top of the league.
1A Special District 4
Coach: Duane Riddell, first year.
Last year’s record: 10-1 overall, 6-0 Special
District 4, lost in state semifinals.
Also in the Tri-River
Central Linn: The Lions (9-2 overall, 3-1 in
TRC in 2015) have won at least a share of the
league championship the past two years and
with players like Chandler Jeppsen, Ben
Hughes and Braden Nightingale will contend
for the league title a third straight year.
Haylen Janesofsky, sr., RB/CB: A starter as a
freshman who missed his sophomore season,
he was a welcome addition in the second half
of the Pirates’ deep state playoff run.
1A Special District 3
Coach: Laric Cook, third year.
Last year’s record: 3-6 overall, 3-1 Special
District 3, lost in league playoff.
Jeremy Labrado, jr., QB/S: The returning
starter on offense and a dual-threat
Dylan Young, sr., WR/S: An athletic player and
returning starter on both sides of the ball.
Outlook: The Mountaineers made progress
last year, but still were short of making the
Also in 1A Special District 3
Yoncalla (10-1 overall in 2015) has the big
Alex Hawes, sr., OL/DL: A first-team all-league
lineman as a junior.
Daniel Domes, sr., QB/DB: The team’s
returning starting quarterback and a
second-team all-league player under center.
Outlook: The Pirates have an interesting
combination of talented skill positions and a
new, but long experienced head coach.
Perrydale has the talent to contend with
Dufur at the top of the league.
Also in 1A Special District 4
Senior quarterback Bailey Keever makes
Dufur (11-2 in 2015) the favorite to repeat as
1A state champion. He amassed 2,000 yards
and 52 touchdowns as a junior and is the most
dynamic player in the state. Sherman returns a
strong classes of upperclassmen including
junior quarterback Jacob Justesen and
running back Maverick Winslow and will
compete for a playoff spot.