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    Crusaders setting sights high

    St. Mary's, once again independent, returns eight on offense and defense
  • The definition of success — or least its measure — is different for the St. Mary's football team.
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    • CRUSADERS GLANCE
      HEAD COACH
      Jamie Young
      (third year)
      St. Mary's is in its second year as an independent after having to forfeit the tail end of its 2010 campaign due to a lack of players.
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      CRUSADERS GLANCE
      HEAD COACH

      Jamie Young

      (third year)

      St. Mary's is in its second year as an independent after having to forfeit the tail end of its 2010 campaign due to a lack of players.

      general information

      ASSISTANTS: Steve Thomas (offensive coordinator/defensive line), Adam Peterson (offensive line/middle linebackers), Ryan Bernard (tight ends/defensive backs), John Wing (special teams).

      2011 OVERALL RECORD: 4-5.

      PREDICTED FINISH THIS YEAR: Independent.

      2011 results

      St. Mary's Opponents

      6 Glendale 12

      19 Etna (Calif.) 33

      0 Neah-Kah-Nie 40

      51 Chiloquin 7

      10 Bonanza 48

      21 Glendale 0

      54 Chemawa 13

      42 Chiloquin 27

      30 Waldport 34

      returning starters

      OFFENSE (8): Lineman Dan Leavens (5-11, 205, sr.), lineman Scott Richter (6-3, 260, so.), lineman Jacob Wall (6-0, 215, sr.), lineman Ryan Davidson (5-10, 180, sr.), quarterback Denten Edwards (5-10, 155, so.), running back Calvin Roberts (5-9, 170, sr.), running back Anthony Bonsi (5-8, 165, jr.), wide receiver Glenn Alvarez (5-8, 150, sr.).

      DEFENSE (8): Linebacker Duncan O'Boyle (5-8, 165, jr.), linebacker Calvin Roberts, linebacker Anthony Bonsi, defensive back Jake Isola (5-8, 150, sr.), defensive back Jacob Smith (5-9, 155, jr.), lineman Dan Leavens, lineman Jacob Wall, lineman Scott Richter.

      other notables

      Running back/free safety Dan Seus (5-9, 165, sr.), tight end/free safety Tom Hilton (5-11, 170, sr.), offensive lineman/linebacker Riley O'Sullivan (5-9, 195, so.), offensive lineman/defensive lineman Matt Farland (5-10, 215, sr.), kicker/linebacker Sam Hough (5-11, 160, jr.), tight end/defensive end David Burt (6-2, 205, jr.), tight end/defensive back Spencer Lennon (5-11, 165, sr.).

      2012 schedule

      Aug. 31 at Rogue River, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 8 GLENDALE, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 15 NEAH-KAH-NIE, 1 p.m.

      Sept. 21 at Myrtle Point, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 28 at Bonanza, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 6 CHILOQUIN, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 12 at Chemawa, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 20 WEED (Calif.), 1 p.m.

      Oct. 27 ETNA (Calif.), 7 p.m.
  • The definition of success — or least its measure — is different for the St. Mary's football team.
    The Crusaders can not qualify for the state playoffs because of their independent status, but that hasn't dampened anyone's spirit. St. Mary's is aiming high, especially now that it has a collection with some depth and experience.
    "Our playoffs is a winning season," third-year head coach Jamie Young said.
    Certainly, the Crusaders are tired of losing. The program had to cancel the tail end of its 2010 season because of injuries, but rallied back a year later by fielding an independent team, bouncing back from an 0-3 start and finishing 4-5 overall.
    "They have been through a lot the last two years," Young said of his older players. "I remember a couple years ago going out on the practice field and only having 15 guys and not having enough guys to form a scout unit to practice what the opponent runs.
    "For them to stick it out, that shows a big part of our leadership."
    St. Mary's brings back eight starters on offense and defense and sports around 28 players, including 11 seniors. At the top of the talent list are junior running back Anthony Bonsi and senior fullback Calvin Roberts, who are both no strangers to outings with 100 or more rushing yards, Young said.
    Senior Glenn Alvarez should set up well as a rushing and receiving threat in Young's single wing offense. He and junior Jacob Smith will serve often as wingbacks, while junior David Burt and senior Tom Hilton will be tight ends.
    Unable to play last season because of a preseason injury, senior Dan Seus will also be eager to make a splash, Young said.
    "He'll play a big role," Young said of Seus. "We'll use him at running back and in a variety of situations. We're trying to be a little more diverse while staying true to what we do ... there are other exciting things you can do when you have more experience."
    Quarterback Denten Edwards, a sophomore who started eight games last season, returns.
    The defense is led by senior defensive end/linebacker Dan Leavens, Seus at free safety and cornerbacks Jake Isola and Jacob Smith.
    St. Mary's opens its season at Rogue River — a former league opponent — on Friday.
    "To us that is a big one and we get it right out of the gate," Young said. "We've got to come out and execute."
    The Crusaders will also take on Glendale, Neah-Kah-Nie, Myrtle Point, Bonanza, Chiloquin, Chemawa, Weed, Calif., and Etna, Calif.
    "I think the schedule is a little more challenging than the previous year," Young said. "But I think it's the right schedule for us right now."
    Young said it is unclear when, or if, St. Mary's will re-enter the Southern Cascade Hybrid and become postseason eligible. But with each step of progress — like the school recently adding a facility that the football team can use — he said he feels more optimistic.
    "We have to look at what we have coming in the coming years," he said. "We certainly want to re-join the league. We just want to be smart."
    And more than anything, they just want to be successful.
    "Having that winning season," Young said. "The kids want to be a part of that."
    Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com
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