Pleasant Hill football graduated 11 seniors following the shortened spring season.
But the Billies have a lot to look forward to.
“We were able to build a solid foundation with our younger kids and we’ve got some good kids coming in and coming up,” head coach Joel Smith said.
Pleasant Hill finished the spring at 2-3.
The Billies outscored opponents 62-6 in the wins. However, the team was outmatched 113-14 in the losses.
“The five games went by like that,” senior linebacker Skylar Peters said. “There wasn’t a lot of time to prepare for anything.”
The team is looking to close the gap between them and some of the better 3A opponents.
“You run into teams like Santiam Christian every year they’re going to be stacked,” Smith said. “They’re kind of the bar for 3A. Thankfully, they’re on our schedule so we’ve got a good measuring stick every year to kind of find out where we’re at. For us, it’s about turning the corner, getting a little bit better every day.”
Pleasant Hill hasn’t had a winning season since 2016-17 when it went 6-4.
Peters says the Billies have the ability to make noise this fall.
“We need to keep the same energy throughout the whole game and attack it the same way,” Peters said. “If we all play together and limit the smaller mistakes, we should be able to come out on top.”
Pleasant Hill opens the season on September 3 against Douglas.