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Hard-working Stayton football players ‘understand what it means to be a good teammate and to make sacrifices’

Here’s our look at the Stayton Eagles of the Class 4A Oregon West 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 Stayton Eagles of the Class 4A Oregon West Conference.

STAYTON TEAM PAGE

HEAD COACH

Randy Nyquist, fourth season (13-13) 

2019 AT A GLANCE 

Overall record: 6-3 

League record: 4-1, second in Oregon West

Playoffs: Lost 47-27 to North Marion in first round

ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS DEPARTED 

Ben Rash QB (offensive player of the year), DB (1st team)

Logan Classen WR (1st team), DB (1st team)

Jared Mitchell TE (1st team), LB (2nd team)

Justin Large C (1st team), DL (1st team)

Mason Strand G (1st team), DL (honorable mention)

Bryce Whieldon OT (1st team), DL (2nd team)

James Bridge LB (1st team), RB (honorable mention)

Cristian Vazquez OT (2nd team)

Clinton Brownell DL (honorable mention)

PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Eli Brown, sophomore, QB/DB

Brown was the backup to the conference player of the year last season. He’ll play a lot this year.

“I would say right now, if I had to pick a starter, he would be the guy,” Nyquist said of the quarterback position. 

Cody Leming, sophomore, QB/DB

Also in the running for quarterback, Leming did not play last season. 

“One will be the starting quarterback. The other we’ll find a spot for in the defensive secondary,” Nyquist said.

Brock Hubert, sophomore, TE/LB

He does it all. Strong blocker. Runs well. Catches. On defense, he’s a fundamentally sound tackler. A returning starter. Oh, and he’s only a sophomore. A sophomore at 6-5, 250 pounds.

“He’s bigger, stronger and faster than he was a year ago,” Nyquist said. “He has the potential to be a very good high school football player.”

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