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Lions start getting ready for a new season

St. Helens season begins with workouts on Monday; Coach installing new passing offense


It’s been a busy summer for new St. Helens High football coach Jared Phillips.

Not only did he have all the preparation, workouts, and camps that coaches have to deal with, but just two weeks ago he and his wife Lindsay had a brand new baby girl—Temley Marie Phillips. She joins a three-year-old brother in the family.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens High new football coach Jared Phillips.

Phillips other new baby is the football program, also in its first year under his tutelage. Most on the team have been doing workouts and weightlifting during the summer in preparation for the start of practices.

The coach has indications that 73 players will be out for the team, the largest turnout the program has had in several years.

This past week was “Dead Week” when no high school practices, workouts, or contact with coaches is allowed.

The program starts moving again this coming Monday through Thursday with “speed and strength” workouts each day, starting at 9 a.m.

The following Monday through Thursday, Aug. 12-15, is Lions Team Camp, from 4-6 p.m.

Then things really get going on Aug. 19 with daily doubles—8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. through Friday.

The team will hold their annual picture day and scrimmage from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 24. Sandwiched in between the two will be a meeting with parents.

The first game of the season is at Cleveland on Friday, Aug. 30.

Phillips said of plans for the coming season, “We’ll be pass oriented, but still run the ball. We have some personnel packages and will use what we have in different ways.”

He added, “We’ve got a plan and things are turning around. There is a lot of excitement among the kids. They are working hard in the weight room.”

He said the huge jump in turnout, a solid cadre of returning linemen, and some players returning at skill positions bodes well for the program this year and down the road.

Phillips was a varsity assistant coach at Portland State University for quarterbacks and will continue to coach quarterbacks and defensive backs at St. Helens. He has a number of assistant coaches and volunteers that will be helping out in various positions with the program.

Cory Young will coach the linebackers and running backs. Kyle Wroblewski will coach the offensive and defensive lines. Roger Patterson is the jayvee coach and Josh Norton the freshman coach. Others assisting the team include Ted Hirning, Brian Cutright, Kelly Kalauoi, Tyler Hill, Austin Zimbrick, Cody Warner, and Scott Merriman.