Gridiron Dawgs get ‘paws’ wet at season-opening jamboree

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chronicle

Last week’s annual Sutherlin Jamboree, held Aug. 25, provided the perfect warm-up to the 2017 football season for the Creswell Bulldogs.

“This was huge, to see what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and see where we need to work on things,” said first-year Creswell head coach Scott Worsham, who is an experienced assistant/JV coach for the Bulldogs.

During the Jamboree, Creswell scrimmaged against 4A South Umpqua, 3A Glide and host 4A Sutherlin. Each team gets 12 offensive plays and 12 defensive plays per scrimmage; no game scores are kept.

Dylan Miller scored Creswell’s only touchdown of the Jamboree, during the scrimmage with Glide, off a 30-yard pass from quarterback Colton White. “Dylan’s a good shifty running back,” Worsham said. White also snagged the Dawgs’ only interception of the game, against Sutherlin.

White, the Bulldogs’ starting QB this season after Trey Magnuson elected not to return for his senior year, “did a great job,” Worsham said. “He made some great passes to Jack Callahan and also made a couple big gains on quarterback sweeps against Sutherlin. He’s probably the toughest kid on the team.”

New running back Titus Rice “made a couple long runs and ran the ball hard for us,” Worsham said, adding that sophomore Tyler Frieze also “ran some good routes; we need to find ways to get the ball into his hands more often.”

Three other sophomores stood out on the defensive end of the field: “As a team we’ve got some blocking assignments we’ve got to work out, but Kai Apo impressed me with his downfield blocking and made some great tackles; Dalton Dewey also did great downfield blocking and made some good plays; and at left tackle Austin Gabriel was probably our best and pass blocking and run blocking – he’s one of our smartest linemen,” Worsham said.

Dean Howard, moved to lineman this season one teammate was injured and another is currently ineligible to play, also “did a great job for us; I’m proud of him for stepping up for us in our time of need,” Worsham said.

Overall, “we did all right at the Jamboree,” Worsham said. “We definitely got a good taste of live action and got a good taste of where we are and what we need to work on before the season opens.”

Preseason play opens this Friday, when the Bulldogs host St. Mary’s for their home opener. Game time is 7 p.m.