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Vikings promote defensive coordinator in the wake of first-year head coach Dom Ferraro's departure to Tualatin.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove quarterback Kaden Hale scrambles from the pocket during a game last season. The Vikings hired Cam McFarland as their new head football coach.In the wake of first-year head coach Dominic Ferraro leaving Forest Grove for Tualatin, the school wasted little time hiring his replacement, coming to terms with Ferraro's defensive coordinator Cam McFarland.

In addition to last year's stint at FGHS, McFarland spent time on Ferraro's staff at Westview and was both the head football coach and athletic director at Roosevelt prior, along with the head wrestling coach at Astoria and Southridge high schools.

McFarland said he was excited for the opportunity and was steadfast in his belief in the infrastructure at the school.

"This is a great place to be," the new coach said. "It's a great school, great administration and great community, so it has all the things that you need and that can help you as a coach to be successful."

Ferraro accepted the job at Tualatin three weeks ago and in the process left the returning Viking players a bit dumbstruck and frankly upset with the departing coach and situation. But McFarland said—after speaking with the team April 25—that the team is eager to continue in many ways where they left-off last season.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Former Roosevelt head football coach Cam McFarland is the new head coach at Forest Grove High School. McFarland was the defensive coordinator for the Vikings last season."They seem pretty excited about it," McFarland said. "I think the kids have a lot of trust and faith in us and like the direction things are going, so I want to keep it going in that direction."

Forest Grove High School athletic director Doug Thompson too was excited to hand the reins to McFarland and believes the kids' affinity for the man—as well as the coach—will go a long way towards building a winner at the school.

"Cam is a kid magnet," Thompson said. "He is committed to our kids and our kids are committed to him. It was an easy decision once our varsity position opened up and our players and coaching staff are elated to get to work."

The Vikings were 4-5 last season under Ferraro, but were 0-6 prior to his arrival and just 11-32 over the previous five seasons. McFarland however isn't dissuaded by the school's recent track record of losing and wholeheartedly believes they can win at Forest Grove High.

"With the success we had last year, I think the kids feel like we can really build on that," McFarland said. "We've got kids just like everyone else, it just takes time to develop them. There's support here and great athletic facilities, so we don't have anything less than anyone else. I feel like we can be very competitive here and our goals are to win league championships and go play for a state championship."

The coach said he doesn't anticipate much changing with what they did on and off the field last year under Ferraro, for he said they have very similar program philosophies. He added that many of last year's coaches will remain on staff and that he expects they'll soon be working hard towards tackling the league and state's best.

"Our goals are to go after and compete with the best teams in our league and state," McFarland said. "Our kids are excited about that attitude and we're not going to back down. Those no guaranteeing league or state championships, but that is our drive and motivation."

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