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Plenty of offense

La Salle Prep is averaging 48.5 points an outing

The La Salle Falcons have been making a lot of waves in Class 4A football this fall.

Through their first four games they've averaged scoring 48.5 points, the best in Oregon 4A football.

'We've scored 23 touchdowns [in our first three games],' said La Salle coach Tim Bowman. 'I thought we had a chance to do some good things this year, but I have to admit I'm a little surprised we've done this well this early…. We knew we had some speed with our skill kids.'

La Salle 190-pound running back J.J. Fisher was greased lightning in the Falcons' 42-27 win over Philomath on Sept. 16, rushing 25 times for 315 yards and three touchdowns.

Bowman says Fisher and several other players have the potential to play high-level college football. He's especially high on quarterback Mark Holenstein and defensive back Colin Meisner (5-7, 165).

Holenstein, at 6-0 and 175 pounds, played wide receiver last year. He also garnered first-team all-league honors as a punter last season. And he's only junior.

The Falcons return one of the Tri-Valley Conference's top linemen in 6-0, 225-pound senior Andrew Moreland. He was a first-team all-conference selection on defense last season.

La Salle returns another top lineman and two-way starter in senior Christian Oester (5-10, 240). Oester, who garnered all-conference recognition as a sophomore, is back healthy, after sitting out last year with a knee injury.

Senior lineman Sam Eichhorn (6-2, 220) also returns to start on both sides of the football.

The Falcons return a veteran receiver in Aaron Bredl. He made second-team all-league last season, both on offense and in the defensive secondary.

Senior linebackers Jake Fiocchi (5-11, 200), Erich Regan (5-8, 185) and Danny Bianca (5-10, 170) return with starting experience, although Bianca started in the defensive line his junior year.

Bowman has given junior Val Gashongore (6-0, 165) the starting nod both at wide receiver and at defensive back.

Bowman says he sees Gladstone and Estacada as preseason favorites in the Tri-Valley Conference.

'Because of what they did last year and because of the coaching staffs they have put together,' he says.

Both Gladstone and Estacada were state semifinalists in 2010.

'We still are trying to prove ourselves,' said Bowman. 'We're not established the way [Gladstone and Estacada] are. For us, I see us middle of the pack.

'Obviously we hope to finish higher, but until we prove ourselves, that's what we're shooting for.'

Bowman said the keys to being successful this fall will be: 'staying healthy and continuing to get better each week.'

'I like our team speed,' said Bowman. 'But more importantly, I like the way our team is coming together. They're pushing each other. There's good competition within our groups.'

After beating Philomath (47-27), Amity (50-0), Roosevelt (62-40) and Cascade (40-0) in preseason, the Falcons begin league play this Friday, when they entertain Madras (2-1).