The St. Helens Lions prepare for their first game of the season with Cleveland on Aug. 31

The St. Helens Lions are in the middle of a youth camp this week, but the start of conditioning and practice is just around the JOHN BREWINGTON - John England

St. Helens Head Coach John England says the Lions will have a pretty young team this season with just three seniors, but he had a strong junior class and he likes the direction they are headed.

The Lions will start conditioning the week of Aug. 6. The preceding week is a dead week, set by the OSAA, with no practice and no contact with coaches.

The following week, starting Aug. 13, they’ll have their Captain’s Camp. Years ago that meant no coaches were allowed, but that’s changed and these days it just means no pads. The Captain’s Camp typically runs from 9:30-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. each day.

Official practices, Daily Doubles, begin on Aug. 20. Those practices start at 9 a.m. each morning with a lunch break and resume again in the afternoon.

England says the team is going to be okay this year, but won’t have a lot of room for injuries. The team has a number of players back, a returning quarterback, running back, and a big class of sophomores that should step up this year.

England’s been pretty busy this summer, but says he’s taking off the “Dead Week” to spend some time with his family and he enjoys that.

The Lions will hold their traditional picture day, scrimmage, and barbecue starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.

St. Helens kicks off their season on Aug. 31, hosting Cleveland. They’re on the road for two games—Wilsonville and Liberty, but then have Sherwood, Hood River Valley, Sandy, and Rex Putnam at home. They finish the regular season with games at Parkrose and Milwaukie. (Note: the HRV game site was not listed in the schedule, it could be away.)

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