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|Sam Stelk||6-5||220 Jr|
Sam is a big kid and very talented overall athlete that has gotten much better as the season has progressed. It was a tough start to the season against elite competition, but Stelk is now running and throwing well.. 61/115, 53% Com Pct 6 Tds/4 Ints 801 Pass yards… 154 rush yards, 7 TDs.
The Cougars mix it up on the ground and have some of the top backs in the conference. Caruso is one of the top two way threats in the TRL and has rushed for 344 yards on 57 touches and 3 Tds, averaging 6 yd’s per carry.. Shrier has been the kid that has really stepped up and been the go to guy leading the team with 80 carries, 412 yards, and 4 Tds…Shorter has had a big year and is someone they are very excited about moving forward as he is only a junior. He is averaging 9 yards per carry 44/432… The Cougars also have two of the top sophomores in the state in Fortier (17/130/ 2 Tds) and Cates (26/202/3) who have shown recently that they have a big future in the Canby program.
The Cougars aren’t going to beat you through the air, but they can do damage if the D gets to focused on the run. Cates 10/152 and Taylor 10/82 have both caught ten passes on the year, and Kyllo 4/100 yds is a kid that we really like from our elite events in the off season but has been hurt for most of the season.
Sievers is a big body and does a good job on both sides of the ball. He has caught 6 passes for 74 yards.
Hands down one of the best young lines in the entire region. The size and athleticism of this group is something most schools wish they had. Churchwell returns after earning 2nd team all league honors a year ago and is a senior leader.. Fobert, Kraus, and Kraxberger average 6-4 270 across the board and have really improved with game experience. Kraus was an all league kid as a sophomore and is someone we consider one of the top junior lineman in the state.
Not the biggest line in the world, but they move well and have shut opponents down as of late.. Churchwell is a legit college prospect that has 15 tackles on the season, while Zarkoff (13 t tackles, 3 sacks) and Barham (15 t tackles, 2 sacks) have both gotten to the QB multiple times on the year recording multiple sacks.
Bodine is a freak and one of the top kids in the entire state. He showed up at our elite events in the off season and did very well for himself against the region’s best…Bodine is ranked as one of the top Jr linebackers in Oregon racking up 41 total tackles, 1 sack, and 2 Ints.. Schmidt has stepped up and been one of the best LB’s in the TRL with 53 total tackles, and Mckinnon has been a two way threat adding 28 tackles.
A very athletic group that done well lead by the leadership of Caruso. He has totaled 51 tackles and is not afraid to come up and smack you. The Cougars have gone on lock down mode over the last two games allowing only 7 points a piece by Lakeridge and West Linn. Cates has accounted for 24 total tackles and Taylor 19, both with a INT on the year. Thompston has added 16 total tackles.
Johnson has done a very good job filling in for talented Junior QB Cade Wilkins who went down early in the year with a horrific injury. He has hit on 60.1% of his passes (107/178) for 9 Td’s doing a good managing ball games.
Sherrell has proceeded to go off this season, making a name for himself and then some. Kudos to the Clack offensive line, but Sherrell has been one of the breakout players state wide. He has amassed 1233 yards and 18 rushing Tds through 7 games, averaging 176.1 per contest and 6.6 ypc. Hudson has done a good job in a backup role carrying the ball 49 times for 299 yards and 3 Tds.
Douglas is a kid that we have gotten to know well over the off season, and really can’t say enough good things about him. He is one of the most dangerous players in the state with the ball in his hands, and is also an equally talented Kick returner. He has 41 receptions for 431 yards and 3 Tds after earning 1st team all league honors a season ago. Iverson was a 2nd team all league selection and also a very talented overall athlete that has hauled in 14 passes for 198 yards and a Td… Don’t sleep on Gilbert as he has caught 8 balls for 134 yards.
Haehlen is ranked as one of the top Jr. TE’s in the state and is someone we think very highly of. He has caught 25 passes for 291 yards and 5 Tds, and is considered a legit D1 prospect who we will see a lot of during the off season at our elite events.
Kenion returns after an all league season at center and is a leader on the line, and Reese is a kid that we have ranked the #1 OL for the entire Jr. class in Oregon. He is someone that has a ridiculous upside as his overall athleticism speaks volumes about his potential. He is an outstanding hooper, as his sister Jen was a state player of the year.
Kenion has had a very good season from his D end spot after earning all league honors a year ago. He has 14 total tackles and 6 sacks as one of the state leaders. Haehlen is a top recruit on both sides of the ball (12 total tackles). Stinson (16 t tackles, 2 sacks) and Swenson (15 t tackles, 3 sacks) are both good sized underclassmen who have also done a good job getting to the QB. Nimz has added 14 total tackles and 2 sacks.
Farnes is one of the top Jr LB’s in the State of Oregon racking up 90 total tackles and 3 Ints.. He’s a kid that is in on everything and comes from a football family as his brother Oliver was a standout at Clack over the last few seasons. He’s not a huge kid, but someone we like very much. Debord is another very intriguing athlete as he has size and has garnered 32 tackles and 4 sacks. Lutz has also done very good work with 21 tackles and 3 sacks as the LB’s are definitely a strong point. McMoore (24 tackles) and Hudson (19 tackles) are also getting in the mix.
Kirsch is one of the top sophomore DB’s in the state and has been a leader from a young age. He has racked up 32 total tackles and 2 Ints to lead the team in both categories. Iverson returns after an all league season and provides senior leadership with both Gilbert (21 t tackles), and Powelson (22 t tackles) doing the same.
I really like both of these programs lead by Head Coaches Mike Vaught (Canby) and Joe Bushman (Clackamas). Both teams come in 4-4 with talented seniors, but also some very good underclassmen. You will see both of these squads next year in an even better position, based on the talented youth movement.
Canby has been on fire as of late after playing a brutal schedule to start the season. They have lost to #3 Camas (WA), #2 Lake Oswego, #4 Jesuit, and #5 Tigard just to put into perspective how tough there schedule always is. Props to the Cougars for always locking down one of the most challenging schedules in the entire region.
Clackamas has improved a great deal from a year ago when they went (2-9). They have been in almost every ball game, and put up significant points thus far. The Cavs feature top seniors Erick Douglas, Jon Kenion, and Jacob Iverson but there young guys have Coach Bushman smiling. David Reese is ranked the #1 Jr Lineman in the state, Haehlen is a Top 3 TE in Oregon, and Daniel Sherrell is one of the breakout junior performers state wide. Add in Zach Farnes at LB and Sophomore DB Haydn Kirsch and you have 5 legit underclassmen.
I will give Canby the slight advantage with a defense that has gone on lock down mode with super talented Jr. LB Sam Bodine leading the way. They have held West Linn and Lakeridge to 7 points a piece over the last two weeks and the offense is playing much better. They will have to win on the road, but the Cougar line is legit and one of the most talented junior up front casts in the northwest.
Both of these teams can feel good about how they are playing and I will go with…..
Canby 37 – Clackamas 20