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Gladstone football loaded with talent, but goal is simple — to give the kids ‘a good experience’

Here’s our look at the Gladstone Gladiators of the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference.
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ByPaul Valencia

Over the next few weeks, SBLive Oregon will break down every 6A, 5A and 4A football team in the state in anticipation of a six-week season in March and April. Even if the season is postponed or canceled, we will continue to highlight more than a hundred teams and more than a thousand players in Oregon. Here’s our look at the Gladstone Gladiators of the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference.

GLADSTONE TEAM PAGE

HEAD COACH

JJ Jedrykowski, third season this tenure (13-7) 

2019 AT A GLANCE 

Overall record: 7-3 

League record: 4-1, second in Tri-Valley

Playoffs: Beat North Valley 51-14 in first round; lost 14-0 to La Grande in quarterfinals

ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS DEPARTED 

Jaxon Jedrykowski, DB (defensive player of the year), WR (honorable mention)

Mason Scheehean, RB (1st team)

Josh Heywood, C (1st team)

Brady Fox, G (1st team), DL (1st team)

Stefan Smith, T (1st team), DL (honorable mention)

Andrew Gray, C (honorable mention)

Blake Harman, DB (honorable mention)

PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Jude Ashpole, senior, TE/LB

Ashpole made second-team all-state last season as a linebacker, and, according to his coach, the postseason accolades could have been even better.

“We underutilized him as a tight end last year,” Jedrykowski said. “If we had done a better job scheming, he would have been all-state both ways.”

That’s an athlete. Ashpole is 6-4 with “an even longer wingspan,” the coach said, and he’s quick and agile. 

“One of our best athletes on the field at any given time.”

Mateo Burgos, senior, QB/WR/LB/K/P

He moved to Gladstone before his sophomore year and only wanted to be a kicker. Then he became a great punter, too. Oh, and he was too athletic, so the coaches convinced him to play an every-down position. Ended up starting on defense last season. 

This year? He will be in the quarterback conversation.

“He’s a kid who won’t come off the field for us,” Jedrykowski said.

Ethan Finnigan, sophomore, H-back/TE/DL

He was a Gladstone youth football phenom, and when he got to high school, he wasted no time in becoming an impact player on varsity as a freshman. 

“In his second game, he got a couple big sacks for us,” Jedrykowski said of the defensive end. “From that point on, he was the starter.”

Finnigan has a good head on his shoulders, and really good hands to strike and get off a block in an instant.

He did not play much on offense last season, but expect him to be a two-way starter the rest of his career. 

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Sebastian Peiffer, senior, RB/LB

Peiffer has been a part of Gladstone’s youth program since the third grade.