Forced out as the head football coach at Eagle Point High in January, Jacob Schauffler wasn't sure what direction he would go in the early aftermath...
The beginning was innocent in 1961 and the goal hasn't wavered in the years since as the Medford Linebackers continue to give back to the community.
The decision was made separately but it's still a nice feeling to know your best friend will remain by your side as you continue your football career.
The title of "Longest-Tenured Football Coach in Josephine County" will officially change hands in the fall of 2013.
EAGLE POINT — Citing a desire to go in "a new direction," Eagle Point High administrators did not renew Jacob Schauffler's contract as head coach of the football program in a surprising move recently that caught many off guard, including Schauffler.
Capping a football career unlike any before him at Cascade Christian, senior running back Brandon Williams was named the Class 3A co-offensive player of the year.
Former Oregon and NFL quarterback Chris Miller called it "round two" after he was hired as coach of the South Eugene Axemen on Tuesday.
COTTAGE GROVE — Jersey No. 21 was covered with blood, so Brandon Williams was now No. 24.
Both Cascade Christian and Dayton faced some rare adversity last week, falling behind early before rallying to win their respective Class 3A state football semifinal contests.
COTTAGE GROVE — The Cascade Christian offense found itself in a two-score hole before running a play from scrimmage. But once it did, Scio had few answers for the charging Challengers.
North Valley senior quarterback Tristan Burke was named the Skyline Conference football offensive player of the year, while Todd Willaman took home coach of the year honors for the Knights.
In a season of exorcising demons, the Cascade Christian football team is hoping there is at least one more they can check off the list come Saturday in Cottage Grove.
Being in the trenches seems only fitting for Cascade Christian senior Trenton Greisen.
The undefeated Cascade Christian football team rolled home a barrel of Southern Cascade Hybrid accolades.
Cascade Christian didn't really do anything that Pleasant Hill didn't expect Saturday afternoon but the Billies still had no answer during the Class 3A football state quarterfinals.
LAKE OSWEGO — South Medford had No. 2 Lake Oswego set up for a huge upset for almost 14 minutes, but that's when a couple mistakes hit the Panthers and the defending champions took advantage.
Ashland High linebacker Mason Montgomery shared defensive Most Valuable Player honors with Springfield's Taylor Travess and picked up two of Ashland's six first-team nods, being recognized for both his offensive and defensive prowess as the Midwestern...
If the games are only getting tougher, then that's exactly where Bill Singler wants his South Medford football team to be.
Even 75 days later, the hit still reverberates.
Brandon Williams is a marked man, but that hasn't stopped the elusive Cascade Christian senior running back from putting up eye-popping numbers.
Before their game, South Medford head football coach Bill Singler told sophomore quarterback Craig Contreras to manage the game, not try to do too much and let the team win the game for him.
HILLSBORO — Crater had Century High of Hillsboro in trouble in the Class 6A first-round state playoff football game Friday before the Jaguars rallied late for the victory.
South Medford 28, Beaverton 14
Averaging 6-foot tall and 208 pounds among the fivesome, there's really nothing physically imposing about South Medford's defensive line.
CENTRAL POINT — Century's high-octane offense meets Crater's punishing defense in what stands to be an enthusiastic showdown Friday in the first round of the Class 6A football state playoffs.
Sheldon rightfully dominated the all-conference voting for Southwest Conference football but South Medford's Adrian Garcia carried the torch for the locals as the only area standout with first-team selections on both sides of the football.
CLACKAMAS — Despite a heroic performance from running back Evan Hisey, the North Medford football team fell 49-28 to Clackamas in its Class 6A state play-in game on Friday.
LAKEVIEW — The unscathed Cascade Christian football team showcased why it is far-and-away the top squad in the Southern Cascade Hybrid during a contest featuring the league's two best on Friday.
Clackamas 49, North Medford 28
North Medford head coach Mike Mitchell and his Black Tornado football team haven't been shy about pointing to the play-in round as their ultimate proving ground this season.
Nick Meyer's third rushing touchdown of the football game with 2:05 to go proved to be the winning score as Etna rallied for a 25-20 nonleague win over St. Mary's in the season finale Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
South Medford proved that you can win a football game with a slow and steady pace — an almost blasphemous notion in this era of quick-striking attacks — during Friday night's regular-season finale at Spiegelberg Stadium.
ASHLAND — The deep ball wasn't a big part of Ashland's offensive arsenal through the first eight games of the regular season, but the Grizzlies opened up the playbook for Game No. 9 and the results were devastating.
ROSEBURG — North Medford was a victim of mistakes and poor field position most of the night in its Southwest Conference finale against Roseburg Friday.
KLAMATH FALLS — The Phoenix football team overcame adversity early and late to defeat Henley 20-12 Friday and pick up its first Skyline Conference win on the field in two years.
South Medford 27, Crater 7
With automatic bids to the Class 6A football state playoffs already locked up, some of the anxiety for tonight's clash at Spiegelberg Stadium between South Medford and Crater has been taken away.
The football teams at Ashland and Eagle Point high schools are thrilled to be part of the Midwestern League and enjoy all that comes with it.
St. Mary's just wanted to run out the clock and take their 35-0 lead into the half when Dan Seus took a handoff up the middle late in the second quarter.
There wasn't much conventional about the 27th playing of the Black and Blue Game at Spiegelberg Stadium, and maybe that was appropriate given the outcome.
EUGENE — One of Ashland's most electrifying players, Quaid Walters had done just about everything for the Grizzlies heading into Friday's game at Willamette — except get into the end zone.
MERLIN — Tristan Burke has become the consummate playmaker for the North Valley football team.
South Medford 38, No. Medford 3
Some athletes are born with that little something extra that always seems to propel them above and beyond their peers.
There's just something refreshing about a football player like North Medford's Nick Janakes.
In the 26 years of the Black and Blue Game between the football teams at North Medford and South Medford, no school has ever won six meetings in a row.
Winning makes everything better — including pizza.
Whether it was from satisfaction, sheer relief or a combination of the two, Bill Singler couldn't suppress a wry smile in the aftermath of the defensive battle waged between his South Medford football team and Grants Pass Friday at Spiegelberg Stadium.
EUGENE — Sophomore quarterback Troy Fowler overcame some difficult conditions to lead North Medford to its first Southwest Conference football victory of the season Friday.
ASHLAND — For the second week in a row, the Ashland High football team used a first-half explosion to make the second half irrelevant.
COTTAGE GROVE — Stingy defense made the Cascade Christian football team's impromptu test against highly-touted Rainier an easy one at Cottage Grove High School on Friday.
South Medford 10, Grants Pass 7
EAGLE POINT — It all started slowly for Eagle Point on a rare Thursday night football game but once the Eagles gained momentum there was no looking back in a 45-18 rout of Willamette at Eagle Stadium.