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  • AHS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

    Grizz set sights on MWL title

    Montgomery, White, Layton give Ashland solid crop of playmakers
  • While every other team in the state wonders what will happen Friday night once the lights are turned on, the whistles come out and the headsets are plugged in, the Ashland Grizzlies already know.
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      HEAD COACH
      Charlie Hall
      (Ninth year)
      Ashland shook off an early stumble in 2012 to win five games in a row late, including an impressive play-in victory over Corvallis, but suffered a lops...
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      HEAD COACH

      Charlie Hall

      (Ninth year)

      Ashland shook off an early stumble in 2012 to win five games in a row late, including an impressive play-in victory over Corvallis, but suffered a lopsided loss to West Albany in its 5A playoff opener.

      general information

      ASSISTANTS: Tito Soriano (defensive coordinator/defensive backs/receivers), Beau Lehnerz (special teams/linebackers/tight ends), Antione Perry (running backs/defensive backs), Tony Akpan (defensive line/offensive line), Scott Chadick (quarterbacks/defensive backs).

      2012 LEAGUE RECORD: 5-2 (third, MWL).

      2012 OVERALL RECORD: 7-4.

      2012 results

      Ashland Opponents

      13 Klamath Union 27

      23 Lebanon 6

      0 Marist 47

      29 Churchill 13

      20 Springfield 42

      55 North Eugene 0

      61 Marshfield 14

      50 Willamette 8

      27 Eagle Point 14

      State Play-in

      47 Corvallis 7

      State Playoffs

      7 West Albany 42

      returning starters

      OFFENSE (7): Quarterback Danial White (6-0, 185, sr.), fullback Mason Montgomery (6-0, 215, sr.), receiver Carter Glick (6-0, 180, sr.), tackle Cody Eisenberg (6-4, 225, sr.), tackle Seth Cowan (5-11, 160, jr.), center Nate Carver (6-0, 210, sr.), tight end Parker Layton (6-1, 190, jr.).

      DEFENSE (6): Linebacker Mason Montgomery (6-0, 215, sr.), defensive end Joe Hearn (6-2, 205, sr.), defensive end Cody Eisenberg (6-4, 225, sr.), tackle Tyree Heesacker (5-11, 205, sr.), linebacker Ashur Beasley (5-11, 188, sr.), cornerback Ryne Robitz (5-8, 170, jr.).

      other notables

      Receiver/defensive back/kicker Matt Hedges (6-2, 170, sr.), safety Max Mongomery (5-11, 175, jr.), receiver/cornerback Sebastian Warren (5-9, 150, sr.), receiver Shashi Penn (5-9, 160, so.), safety Max Atteberry (6-3, 160, jr.), offensive tackle Ivan Tagui (5-10, 210, jr.).

      2013 schedule

      Aug. 30 KLAMATH UNION, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 6 at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 13 MARIST, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 20 at Churchill, 7 p.m.

      Sept. 27 SPRINGFIELD, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 4 at North Eugene, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 11 SUTHERLIN, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 18 WILLAMETTE, 7 p.m.

      Oct. 25 At Eagle Point, 7 p.m.
  • While every other team in the state wonders what will happen Friday night once the lights are turned on, the whistles come out and the headsets are plugged in, the Ashland Grizzlies already know.
    That's the good news. The better news is, for the most part they liked what they saw.
    Four weeks after their wild 32-30 victory over Japan in Pacific Rim Bowl XIII, the Grizzlies are preparing for what will officially go down as the first game of the 2013 season Friday against Klamath Union, but is actually the second game if you count the Grizzlies' shootout at Japan on July 27. At Oji Stadium in Kobe, Ashland reclaimed the lead in the head-to-head series against the Japan all-stars while also flashing some serious potential on offense, racking up 389 yards, 177 rushing.
    Ninth-year head coach Charlie Hall says it's no fluke.
    "I think we're up there," said the man who led the Grizzlies to the Class 5A state quarterfinals in 2011 and 2007. "I think this is a team that can challenge to be as good as any of the teams we've had in the past."
    If the Grizzlies do make a postseason splash, senior linebacker/fullback Mason Montgomery (6-foot, 215 pounds) will certainly be a big part of it. The 2012 Midwestern League co-defensive player of the year and four-year starter will once again terrorize opposing ball-carriers from his middle linebacker position and, for the first time since his freshman season, will also get a chance to punish would-be tacklers as the Grizzlies' starting fullback.
    Montgomery's move to the Ashland backfield — he was an all-conference center last season — adds another dimension to an offense that had plenty of firepower to begin with. Senior Danial White (6-0, 185) returns as the dual-threat starting quarterback, a position he shared last season but now will be his full-time. Running Ashland's spread no-huddle offense, a scheme he ran his previous two years as a starter, White will be surrounded by plenty of capable options, but the most explosive are junior tight end Parker Layton (6-1, 190) and sophomore receiver Shashi Penn (5-9, 160).
    Boasting impressive power and soft hands, Layton caught three passes for 113 yards, including a 51-yard bomb in the fourth quarter, against Japan — a performance that sparked comparisons to former Grizzly great Talon Haggard.
    Penn is another kind of player all together. Blazing fast and elusive, Penn can turn a short pass into a long touchdown in a heartbeat. He showed flashes of that potential in Japan, netting 57 yards rushing and a touchdown on five carries.
    "He can blow the top off some things," Hall said of Penn. "He'll be a weapon. He's probably our big playmaker."
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