The Indians are stepping onto the football field this year with a new look and a new strategy.

by: CORY MIMMS - New Defensive Coordinator Paul Roher on the practice field with the team. Paul Roher officially stepped in as Molalla’s defensive coordinator this month, bringing with him 33 years of experience. He coached in Kentucky and Florida before coming to Oregon.

“He’s ready to rock,” Head Coach Kaleb Mitchell said.

In addition to mixing up the defense, Roher is also coaching the special teams.

After a few years of running them the same way, Mitchell said, other coaches could anticipate what was coming. They won’t expect us this year, he said.

Roher is excited to coach the Indians and is enjoying Oregon so far. The drive to Molalla reminds him of Kentucky country, he said.

Though he’s only had a couple of weeks to get to know the team, he’s pleased.

“Their attitudes are fantastic,” he said.

Roher aims to make the defense as exciting to watch as the offense, but his main goal is to “play hard and fast and take chances.”


The Indians are stepping onto the field fresh in more ways than one. Yes, they have new coaching expertise behind them. But they’re also pulling on new jerseys, which they’ll reveal come game day.

“We’re embracing the orange,” Mitchell said. “You should have seen the kids’ faces when they saw them. We may get two wins [one away, one home] just off feel good.”

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