South Albany, OR. -- Hundreds of high school football programs across the state of Oregon are back on the gridiron in preparation for the 2019 season. Up at South Albany High School it’s no different. And the Redhawks are doing so with a new face under center.
Hans Laufer comes to South Albany from McNary High School, a 6A division program in Keizer, OR. He became a RedHawk in February and immediately felt at home.
“Everybody was real friendly and it was like you were with your brothers,” said Laufer. “And I had only known them for a couple months. So it was pretty cool.”
Being a senior, Laufer has big goals for his new team at his new school.
“The thing I’m most excited for is being able to work with this team and being able to develop leadership with them. Also just watching them grow as a unit and being able to progress the rest of the season,” said Laufer.
Throughout the entire offseason, head coach David Younger emphasized doing the little things right. Because doing the little things right turns out to be everything on Friday nights. Especially when you put in work in the weightroom.
“We have a bunch of young kids that busted their butt this summer,” said Younger. “We averaged over 60 players at our morning workouts. And they’re a young group so as coaches, we are coaching a lot and that makes practice go by really fast.”
The senior class, in particular, is ready for one final ride.
“Something about being a senior gives you that extra drive,” said Christian Caspino. “Like you may never get this opportunity again.”
So with it being a new year with a new quarterback and a new team, the RedHawks are looking to improve from last year and it all starts week one against Philomath.