DAYS CREEK — The Wolves are looking forward to competing in a league again.
After playing an independent eight-man football schedule, Days Creek will take on the likes of Butte Falls, Camas Valley, Elkton, Glendale and Powers in the Class 1A Special District 2 West league this fall.
The Wolves turned in a very successful season in 2013, finishing 8-1 with their only loss coming to King’s Way Christian (Wash.). Days Creek was a high-scoring club, averaging nearly 50 points under coach Jack Ball.
Days Creek has a new head coach in David Hunt, who became a full-time teacher in the district. Hunt previously coached at Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek. Ball is still on the D.C. staff as an assistant.
“It’s going to be a great challenge being in this league,” Hunt said. “It’s really something for our kids, to have the opportunity to play in a league. It gives them something to really play for and work toward.
“I think we’ll be really competitive. We did lose eight seniors, but bring back some really highly-skilled players.”
The Wolves only have 11 players on their roster, which is the primary concern for Hunt. Most of the players will have to go both ways.
“Originally we had 18 kids who said they were interested in playing, but unfortunately that didn’t turn out,” he said. “We’re just happy with the kids we have. Ideally, we’d like more kids but right now we’ll work with what we have and move forward from there.”
“I think we’ll do pretty well,” said Sean Orrison, one of three seniors on the team. “We’re athletic and work well together, and I think we’ll be a solid group. We’ll do fine (going both ways). We’ve been working hard in practice and getting in shape for that.”
Orrison (5-9, 180), who plays end and outside linebacker, is expected to be one of the offensive playmakers along with senior Brandon Mattos (5-7, 192) and sophomores Colton Fuller (6-0, 150) and Jed Hays (6-0, 175).
“Offensively, we’re going to score,” Hunt said. “Defensively, it’s going to be a question mark.”
Senior Dylan Slater (5-10, 185), a transfer from Glide, and junior Cody Ferch (5-9, 230) will lead the line.
Fuller is the quarterback after sharing time with his older brother, Jase, last year. Jase was among the losses to graduation.
“I think he’ll do really well,” Orrison said of Colton Fuller. “He’s young, but has always been playing with older people and that helps. He throws the ball well, is smart and a leader.”
Days Creek opens its season at home against McKenzie on Sept. 5. Its league opener is against Elkton Sept. 26 in Days Creek.
“Overall, we have a fairly competitive league,” Hunt said. “Camas Valley lost quite a few seniors, but always has a tough program. Elkton went to the state playoffs and brings back quite a few guys. I really think Glendale is going to be the darkhorse in this league.”
Head coach: David Hunt (first year).
Assistants: Jack Ball, Travis Fuller.
Last year: 8-1, played independent eight-man schedule.
Returning starters: Offense 3, defense 3.
Players to watch: Brandon Mattos, sr., RB/DE/DB; Dylan Slater, sr., G/MLB; Sean Orrison, sr., E/RB/OLB; Cody Ferch, jr., C/NG; Jake Summerfield, jr., OL/DL; Colton Fuller, soph., QB/DB; Kameron Stever, soph., E/DB; Jed Hays, soph., RB/E/OLB; Logan Smith, soph., G/DE; Domingo Betancourt, fr., OL/DL; Josh Whetzel, fr., E/DB.
Sept. 5 — McKenzie, 4 p.m.
Sept. 12 — Prospect, 4 p.m.
Sept. 26 — *Elkton, 4 p.m.
Oct. 3 — *At Camas Valley, 4 p.m.
Oct. 10 — *At Powers, 4 p.m.
Oct. 18 — *At Butte Falls, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 — *Glendale, 4 p.m.
* — Denotes Special District 2 West game
It’s going to be a great challenge being in this league.
Days Creek football coach