- Written by Andy Wooldridge (CCCougarfan)
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- Published on August 24, 2006
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2 old members of the conference return, and another that has departed hosts a once & again rival to kick off the 2006 season. For the first time, all members of the conference are playing an Endowment game, and a 10 game schedule.
5 of 7 games are on the road, 4 against the Cowapa. 1 against a 5A, 1 against a 2A, and 1 against the Valco. 4 against playoff teams from last year. All 7 games were detailed in the 4A4Cast, which included all the 4A games for the 1st. week.
In short, Stayton should handle Philomath on the road without getting any arrows in their tail feathers, but the other 6 are in for tough openers.
LaSalle could get a road win on Willamette U’s turf for their new coach against Blanchet, though the Cavaliers won last year. I think the Falcons have stepped it up this year, and will get it done, but only after a real battle.
North Marion should also get a road win against their neighbors and old rivals, the Woodburn Bulldogs. It’s a short trip into town, but worth it for the Huskies, as the restaurants for the post game party are all in Woodburn anyway.
But the other 4 are playing uphill, especially Estacada, playing at Scappoose, and Gladstone, breaking in a new coach by hosting Yamhill-Carlton. The Rangers are looking for a better year, but the Indians are a top 5 team. YC’s Tigers look to be at least a top 10 team, and maybe better, while the Gladiators have to get to the middle of the pack first, then work on the front. I see the Cowapa league getting both of these ones.
Cascade hosts Seaside & Molalla visits Astoria in a pair of Coast-Valley contests that should be competitive games. The coasties have the larger groups returning, and are coming off better seasons, so I’ve got to give them the nod in both contests. Cowapa 4, Capital 0.
Interestingly, YC plays 3 games against the Capital Conference. Had they scheduled 1 more, they might qualify for the playoffs in 2 conferences!
Kickoff in 1 week!