Sailor cage Panthers, improve to 2-0

The Sailors pounced on the Panthers last Friday with a 48-14 win over the young Chiloquin High School team, which is still developing its program

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Sept. 18, 2019 — The Sailors pounced on the Panthers last Friday with a 48-14 win over the young Chiloquin High School team, which is still developing its program.

“Overall, we got the job done,” Mapleton coach Jeff Greene said. “I think sometimes when you play an opponent that’s very inexperienced, it’s hard to play at a level you want to play at. We got some valuable time for our younger players to get some game time under their belts, which is really good. The kids are hungry and wanting to play more, which is also good.”

The Sailors scored 48 points in the first half with standouts including Cody Soverns with seven rushes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, JJ Neece had four rushes for a total of 101 yards, including a 55-yard punt return.

“Justyce [Wierichs] did a really good job for us and does all the little things that don’t show up in the stats,” Greene said. “He had a touchdown on a really good catch. He’s done solid for us and is starting to be a leader for our team. He’s a good cover kid, just a hard, mentally tough kid.”

Two issues that the Sailors had trouble with the last game were penalties and injuries — two areas that weren’t a problem this game.

“That’s been good, knocking down the penalties and knowing when to block a guy, and when not to,” said Greene. “The key thing was no injuries. When you only have 14 kids that can play, it’s nice to have no injuries — you can go on to the next week.”

By the end of the second quarter, the Sailors were up 48-0. At that point, the mercy rule was initiated, with the clock continually running throughout the second half of the game.

“We put our younger kids in and they played,” Greene said. “That’s what you want to do. You don’t want to run up the score, you’ve got to have good sportsmanship.”

Throughout the game, players such as Robbie Burnett, Philip Burnett and Mason Flansberg were able to get carries, with “some of them carrying it for the first time,” Greene said. “We put Dylan [Rogers] back there at runningback, we put a lot of different guys in those spots. We just had some fun with it, just carrying the ball and having a good time with it. “

Jeff Bernhardt and Ethan Walker got some time at center, with Jesse Hughes at left guard and AJ Moso spending some time in the pocket to gain quarterback experience.

“You gotta build that second unit up,” Greene said. “You’re going to rely on them sometime during the season because of injuries. You just hope that we don’t get plagued with injuries. They did well, they’re getting it. It’s fun and, you know, when you get some playing time in the second unit, it’s great. Then you come out, you’re working harder and you want to get better. That’s the mentality we need to be successful.”

Friday, the Sailors will host the Warriors of Siletz Valley, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.


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