Year after year, the Southwestern Conference is one of the toughest in high school football. With traditional powerhouses like Roseburg and Sheldon, as well as other top programs as South Medford and Thurston, it’s often hard for teams to break into one of the top three spots in the conference. That’s the challenge facing Grants Pass this season, but the Cavemen are confident they can hang with many of the SWC’s top teams.
“We have, we have so much, we have so many good players out there on the defense,” said senior Riley Veritch.
“We realistically are looking to compete with the upper echelon of teams in the Southwest Conference,” said John Musser, Grants Pass head coach.
Grants Pass went 4-7 last season and often struggled to find the end zone. The Cavemen scored less than 10 points in six of their first eight games. Those numbers may improve, though, as Grants Pass has one of its most experienced teams in recent years.
“We said goodbye to a handful of really good seniors but we have a handful of kids that have been starting since their sophomore year that are now seniors that have got a lot of reps in varsity football,” said Musser.
Grants Pass plays its first game at home on August 31st against Clackamas.