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  • FOOTBALL

    Renegades ready to rock

    Southern Oregon ranked seventh out of 28 teams in the GNFA preseason poll
  • Their website looks sparkling new, but the Southern Oregon Renegades' roster appears fairly familiar.
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    • SOUTHERN OREGON RENEGADES
      WHO: Medford's semi-professional Pacific Football League team.
      • UP NEXT: Season opener: April 13, Southern Oregon vs. Bellingham. Home opener: April 20, South Lane at Southern Oregon, 6 ...
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      SOUTHERN OREGON RENEGADES
      WHO: Medford's semi-professional Pacific Football League team.

      • UP NEXT: Season opener: April 13, Southern Oregon vs. Bellingham. Home opener: April 20, South Lane at Southern Oregon, 6 p.m., Spiegelberg Stadium.
      • INFORMATION: www.southernoregonrenegades.org.
  • Their website looks sparkling new, but the Southern Oregon Renegades' roster appears fairly familiar.
    Rockne DeMello, the head coach of Medford's semi-professional Pacific Football League team, is pleased with his online and on-field situations.
    "We are looking good right now," he said.
    The squad includes mostly returners, including several starters, and intriguing newcomers. In the Greater Northwest Football Association preseason poll, the Renegades were ranked seventh among the 28 teams in the PFL, Western Washington Football Alliance and the Washington Football League.
    As for the website, southernoregonrenegades.org? DeMello and his wife stayed up until 3 a.m. for three straight nights working on it. The page features a countdown to Southern Oregon's season opener (Saturday) and a Twitter feed.
    The team itself is a work in progress.
    "We're still putting the puzzle together," said DeMello, whose squad begins the 2013 season against league runner-up Bellingham at the Border Wars in Hillsboro. "But we've got a lot of athletic ability on the team."
    Southern Oregon will play the South Lane Buzzards in its home opener at Spiegelberg Stadium on April 20. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
    Last season, the Renegades lost to the Portland Monarchs 28-0 in the playoffs and finished 6-3.
    The squad's proven returners include explosive running backs Alvin Thornton, Leon Ireland and Andre Smith and wrecking ball fullback Mike Robinson II. New quarterback Dylan Lubonski and last year's starting signal caller, Anthony Gonzalez, will be in a two-quarterback rotation.
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