High school football season preview: Churchill Lancers

A shortened, six-game, winter season isn't stopping Churchill football from taking the field in 2021.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 11:55 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2021 11:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- "You can tell kids are excited," said senior Jamaal Nagaheyev.

Thursday, Feb 25 marked Churchill football's fourth day of practice. 

Playing in the rain, wind and cold temperatures isn't going to stop the Lancers this season.

"This is our opportortunity," said head coach A.J. Robinson. "Let's worry about the things we can control."

Despite coming off a 3-6 season in 2019, the football program at Churchill consists of 80 players. According to Robinson, that's the largest number ever.

"We're in a position where we can really develop our kids that are gonna be around next fall and get some game experience," he said.

Churchill is different looking team in 2021. One player to keep an eye out for is junior linebacker Dylan Bowles.

"We've all gone the right direction and come together really greatly," Bowles said regarding the team's response to having a postponed fall season.

Churchill's takes the field on Fri. March 5 against reigning 5A state champions Thurston. 

Bowles says his team is ready and "hyped" to play.

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