GRANTS PASS—The Cavemen come into the new season with two straight third places finishes in the Southwest Conference and two straight first-round playoff exits.
This might be the team that stands to benefit the most from the mass exodus of seniors at South Medford. Grants Pass is armed with 22 seniors of its own, and is staring at a conference crown as open as ever.
“Every year we think it's our year, obviously every team wants to think that but this year we think we'll have it so hopefully we do," senior wide receiver Korbin Lopez said.
The Cavemen averaged over 30 points per game last year, but that’s not stopping them from making a change at quarterback.
Junior Chase Coyle is a bona fide gunslinger and it shifts Blain Hobbs, and all his athleticism, out to slot receiver.
This is a move that head coach John Musser thought about making last year, but decided to postpone until Coyle had another year to mature in his system.
"He's got a little bit stronger of an arm than Blain.” He said. “He's not maybe as mobile as Blain so some of the option stuff we're going to pull back a little. All summer long we've been able to throw the deep ball pretty well. Chase has a really active arm and then that obviously bodes well to playing our screen game because he can get the ball out there so quick."