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Indians to see three other football teams, including Sweet Home, La Salle, at Gladstone Friday night

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Hunter Beck carries the ball during a drill at Molalla High School.

Molalla head coach Sean McElhaney is eager to see how his new pro-style offense will look in live game action.

This Friday night he will get that chance as the Indians travel to Gladstone for a jamboree.

"I want to see where we're at on understanding it," McElhaney said. "We've been working a lot on fundamentals. I've got some ideas that we're going to work towards, but we have to have the basics down first."

The jamboree will feature four teams. Joining Molalla and host Gladstone is fellow Class 4A program Sweet Home and 5A La Salle. The junior varsity will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7. Each team will run 12 plays on offense against each opponent.

Molalla had 42 players participate in the first week of practice, Aug. 19-23, starting with helmets on Monday and then getting into full pads for the first time on Thursday.

"Football is about hitting and the kids want to get those pads on and get going," McElhaney said last Thursday. "We've been doing really well with enthusiasm and the kids wanting to be here. I'm not hearing excuses like I heard last season as an assistant coach. If we're going to be good, they have to be here and the kids seem to be buying into that."

The Indians open the season Sept. 6 at Scio. Molalla's first home game is Sept. 20 against Woodburn.


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