The Klamath Union Pelicans are getting ready to do something they haven’t done in seven decades, defend an outright conference championship. K.U. has made some major strides as a program over the past few years but 2011 was the school’s first outright football conference title since the early 1940s. Now, the Pelicans have their sights set on repeating as Skyline Champs this fall.
To do that, Klamath Union will have to hold off teams like North Valley and Henley, both of whom made huge improvements in 2011. The Pelicans are looking to replace quarterback Alex Stork and running back tandem Chris McGahan and Alex Thomas. However, Klamath Union returns a ton of bodies on the line and head coach Tom Smith says his backs this year should be just as good as last year. Also, with a Skyline title to defend, the players have been committing themselves in the off-season.
“Last year was a highlight for us to have a solo championship, not shared,” said Smith. “Going into the summer, it’s always a big question mark with the guys, who’s going to show up and we had a pretty good showing for the summer workouts. It’s funny, when you win, you’re able to get the kids to do a lot more.”
Klamath Union begins its season at home against Ashland on August 31st. The Pelicans lost to the Grizzlies 46-20 in their opener last season.