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Section B
South Lane County Sports and Recreation
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Contact Sports, 942-3325 or e-mail
Lions fi nd themselves in pursuit of passion after loss
Head Coach Gary
Roberts said he
didn't see the type
of passion he would
normally like to see
during their game
against Del Norte,
which, along with
a few offensive and
defensive errors,
resulted in their 33-
21 loss at Autzen
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
The Lion’s football team had
the opportunity to play at the
University of Oregon’s Aut-
zen Stadium on Saturday, Sept.
12. Their opponent traveled all
the way from Del Norte, Calif.
to battle in the scorching sun.
The Lions ended the game with
a frustrating loss with a fi nal
score of 33-21. They looked to
improve their record after a loss
to Marshfi eld the week before,
but couldn’t manage to hold off
the Del Norte Warriors, who ran
away with the game in the sec-
ond half.
The Lions seemed wary from
the start, losing possession be-
cause of a fumble on the very
fi rst play. However, there was
newfound life in the team for a
while, as they scored the open-
ing touchdown, and went into
the half leading 18-14. Del
Norte did not control the game
until later in the second half, but
the Lions only managed to score
three points in the entire second
half. The lead was exchanged
between the two teams four
times during the whole of the
game, but it would be the War-
riors who held onto theirs.
Head Coach Gary Roberts
Photo by Sam Wright
Receivers Taylor Hollowell, Brynden Howell, and Korey Parent line up in their trips left formation at Autzen Stadium.
said that the team didn’t play
with the passion and enthusiasm
they needed to pull off a vic-
“Our seniors need to step up
and be more vocal,” Roberts
said. “When the coaches are
the biggest cheerleaders on the
fi eld, that’s not a good sign.”
Roberts continued that he still
isn’t getting the type of leader-
ship from the older players that
he would like.
Passion and leadership aside,
when it came down to game
play, there were offensive strug-
gles that Roberts also pointed
Blake Sentman started at
quarterback this game, as op-
posed to Korey Parent, who
started against Marshfi eld last
week. Sentman threw two inter-
ceptions, one of which ended in
a return for a touchdown.
“He did a lot of running
around on pass plays; we need-
ed to help him out a bit more,”
Roberts said. There were also
several bad snaps thrown to his
feet, which either resulted in a
fumble or put Sentman under
too much pressure before being
able to throw the ball.
However, he rushed for a
touchdown and threw for two.
In the second quarter, down 12-
14, Sentman threw a short pass
directly toward the sideline to
his receiver Brynden Howell,
who made several defensive
backs miss and bolted down the
sideline for a 77-yard touch-
down pass, the longest play of
the game.
Roberts has named Sentman
the offi cial starting QB over
Parent, but that’s not to say Par-
ent isn’t as potent of an asset as
anyone on the roster.
“Korey is probably our best
player overall,” Roberts said.
“He was effective at receiver
and did well for us at safety.”
Roberts acknowledged that Par-
ent had over 100 yards receiv-
The Lions will spend this
week searching for new life
against what Roberts describes
as a tough Henley team. But
addressing the lack of passion
can be a harder fi x than it would
seem. “As coaches we can make
changes, but if the kids aren’t
passionate about playing, we
can’t force that on to them,” he
said. “Those who seem the most
passionate about playing will
Boys' soccer beats North Eugene after slow start
Athlete of
the Week
Slow starts and
players have plagued
the Lion's soccer
team, but Cottage
Grove still manage
to pull out a victory
after a dominating
performance in
North Eugene
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
he boy’s soccer team trav-
eled north up the I-5 to
take on the North Eugene High-
landers on Friday, Sept. 11. The
Lions managed to walk away
with a solid 2-0 victory, but it
would be yet another sluggish
start for the Lions, who initially
showed a lack of energy and had
diffi culty maintaining control
of the ball. That is, until senior
Kaiden Ramsey scored the fi rst
goal of the afternoon in the fi rst
Ramsey’s goal was the Red
Bull the entire team needed.
From then on, the players saw
sharp ball control, quick passing
and aggressive shooting.
In the second half, the Lions
maintained the energy that they
had found, which resulted in
another goal, this time scored
by the elusive sophomore Kyle
Senior Zachary Snauer took
three very powerful shots in the
Brynden Howell
adds to Lions' high-
light reel with 77
yard TD catch
Photo By Sam Wright
Lucas Ward throws the ball in to Kaiden Ramsey against North Eugene on Friday.
second half, but unfortunately
he couldn’t fi nd the back of the
Head Coach Brian Fish was
happy with the way the team
ended up playing, but yet again
this week, he was concerned
with the slow start.
“We passed well, and I saw
some better shooting today,”
Fish said. “We just need to start
off with more energy.” From
a spectator’s perspective, the
sluggishness initially seemed
understandable due to the inten-
sity of the sun, but Coach Fish
said this has been an issue every
week. When asked how he plans
to fi x the problem, he sighed and
joked: “beat them over the head
with a stick? We’re not entirely
sure yet.”
Trailing 12-14 in the
second quarter, Bryn-
den Howell caught a 1
yard pass from quarter-
back Blake Sentman.
With quick feet, Howell
stunned the Del Norte
secondary and ran 76
yards down the sideline
to give his team the lead
going into halftime.
Whatever the case, the boys
will have to work hard to fi nd
their energy during practice be-
fore hosting Sutherlin on Thurs-
day, Sept. 17.
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