The Rogue Warriors have demonstrated staying power. The local semipro team has provided fans with an exciting brand of football for over a decade.

The Rogue Warriors have demonstrated staying power. The local semipro team has provided fans with an exciting brand of football for over a decade.

The Warriors, in their 13th season, will host the High Desert Lightning from Bend in their Oregon Football League home opener Saturday.

The Warriors play all home games at 6 p.m. on Saturdays at Spiegelberg Stadium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children 12 and under. The team will hold an ACCESS canned food drive all season, with $1 off the price of admission with a can of food.

The Warriors finished 6-3 last season, losing the OFL championship game to the Portland Monarchs.

The Warriors opened the season with a 35-14 road loss to the Umpqua Valley Knights on Saturday.

"The Warriors have a tradition for a competitive team," says owner and coach Harry Flowers, who has been in that capacity for the past 11 years. "We have withstood the ups and downs."

Former Eagle Point and Southern Oregon University quarterback Dan Woodward returns for another season at the helm of the Warriors' offense. Woodward will be backed up by former North Medford player Duane Patterson.

Almeir Barlow, another North Medford High product, was the leading receiver off last year's squad and also returns.

Sean Johnston (Eagle Point) and D.J. Titus (South Medford) are back as stalwarts on the defense.

"We're looking decent so far," says Flowers. "Our passing game will be a lot better because we have better receivers than in the past. Defensively, we have some pretty good defensive backs and we have a lot of team speed."

The Warriors play an eight-game regular-season schedule in the eight-team league. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.

"If you like football, this is great competition and there's a lot of excitement," says Flowers. "It's the same as any level of football. You have your big hits, big catches and big runs."

Reach reporter Frank Silow at 541-776-4480, or e-mail fsilow@mailtribune.com