Roseburg, Ore. -- It's been a long rebuild in Roseburg under head coach Dave Heuberger. As enrollment at the high school has largely dwindled in recent years, the youth programs have enjoyed a nice renaissance and it's starting to show at the varsity level. The 2020 pandemic season was tough for the Indians, but it did lay the ground work for the future.
"You're starting four sophomores on the O-line and you've got one senior playing," says Roseburg head coach Dave Heuberger. "We were inexperienced last year but obviously we got that experience back."
The long rebuild in Roseburg is starting to come around as young classes take on the reigns of responsibility.
"We feel really good about all of our spots obviously with everyone getting a lot of reps we have a better idea of what they can do and what they can't do and we're just trying to avoid asking them to do things they can't do."
After a difficult spring season the Indians return plenty of talent in the backfield but even more experience up front.
"[We] got some guys up front that have gotten bigger and so it's good to see we have some size up front. Those guys have all chipped in and they kinda understand us and we understand them."
This years' senior class are ready to be the ones to make a statement for roseburg high.
"We all got together [in the offseason]," says senior Landyn Dupper. "We came out in the summer and played some 7 on 7's. Just us, no coaches. And we all know each other so we've all got pretty good chemistry and we all work hard."
And the lessons learned from the pandemic will help keep these seniors grounded into next year.
"[It was] definitely our maturity because it felt like I was a freshman just yesterday. [We] didn't get to have a couple seasons of other sports and had to mature really fast."