Halsey, Ore. -- At about 9:00 at night the Central Linn High School football team is hard at work in the middle of practice. Now most high school football teams have their two-a-days in the mornings and afternoons. But not the Cobras. Seventy percent of this roster works on a farm until it’s time for football.
More than half the Central Linn football team puts in a 10 hour work day before they even step foot on the gridiron. It’s a summer job that puts money in their pockets. The players do anything from throwing grass seed to running tractors. The commitment to both work and football does not go unnoticed.
“The dedication to the program is real tough when you’re a teenager and you got this money in your pocket all of a sudden,” said head coach Mark Watt. “Yet, you still show up for football and you make it a priority in your life because it’s a big balance: money versus football. They’re making the commitment to come play football and I love it.”
The Cobras finished with a 6-5 record in 2018. A huge improvement from previous seasons. But there’s a lot more this team wants to accomplish.
“Out of this group I think we have a chance to get into the playoffs and make a little run. Our goal is to win our league,” said Watt.
This Central Linn senior class is a tight knit group. The emotions are already kicking in knowing it’s their last ride.
“Hard. I don’t want it to end,” said senior offensive lineman Jim North. “Mostly I'm just going to miss the guys that I’m playing with. I’ve known them since first grade.”
The Cobras start their 2019 campaign Friday Sept. 6 at home against Weston-McEwen.