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Preview: Molalla vs. Stayton

by: CORY MIMMS - The Indians on the practice field. Their first home game is on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.After losing their first non-league game 28-55 against North Bend, the Indians focus on beating Stayton at home on Friday, Sept. 6.

Last year, both Molalla and Stayton had a rough season. Stayton did beat the Indians 27-42, though it was their only win all year. They came in at the bottom of the Oregon West Conference.

Molalla didn’t do much better. With an overall record of 2-8 and a league record of 1-4, the Indians were second to last in the Tri-Valley Conference.

However, both teams have beefed up their coaching staff this year. Stayton has a new head coach, Brandon Bennett, who took over for Greg Nolan. And Molalla has a new defensive coordinator, Paul Roher. So both teams could be in for surprises on the field.

Head Coach Kaleb Mitchell said it simply but best: “It’s going to be a good game.”

Molalla will have more than home-field advantage too. This Friday, they’re donning fresh bright orange jerseys.



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