1. What mindset did your team have coming into this game against Lake Oswego?
“Well, I think that last week we did such a fantastic job competing against Tigard that our kids got a little full of themselves. They came out and we were not the same team that we played like last week. And I guess some of the coaches could take some of the blame for that and we didn’t have our kids ready. They came out and played a good quarter and a half and then once we got down, it was like we didn’t know how to react.”
2. How will you build off of this game?
“Unfortunately, we have started this way the last few years and we have always finished strong. We just need to keep the fight up and come to practice on Monday, start competing, and work harder. The kids will regroup and come back. We can still win our next 4 games and be in fine shape going into the play-offs. Play-offs are a long ways from now and we just need to win.”
3. Can you elaborate on the great community and athletes you get to coach on a day to day basis?
“My wife and I 23 years ago were shopping for schools we wanted our kids to go to and where we wanted to work, and Canby was it. It was just a fantastic place. I came to a football game here during play-offs in ’89 and couldn’t believe how many people were here. It was my goal way back then to get where I am today. The people in Canby are fantastic and the support that they have for the sports programs is always great every year. As for the kids, you couldn’t ask for better. They are ‘yes,sir’, ‘no,sir’ kind of kids. And overall it is a great place to be.”
4. Who are the leaders on your team this season?
“Our quarterback, Devon Fortier, leads by example and with his athletic ability. As for our vocal leaders, we have Nick Strnad, Jace Cates, Tony Kraus, and Nick Huggins. Two of those four guys are juniors, and they are the guys we count on to compete every week and practice hard. They lift weights hard and they do everything right. When your best players are your hardest workers, everybody just follows along.”