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Pioneers prepare for No. 5 Wilsonville
Confidence good heading into Friday
The Sandy Pioneers will conclude the regular season against the No. 5 Wilsonville Wildcats this Friday at Sandy High School. The Pioneers are coming off a 42-point loss to No. 1 Sherwood, in which the Bowmen rushed for the nations fourth most yards ever in a high school football game (756).
But despite the astronomical amount of yards allowed, Sandy coach Greg Barton says his teams confidence is the best its even been, as it prepares for the Wildcats.
It was the first time this year that Ive seen them give 100 percent the whole game, he said.
Now, one week after trying to combat the states fastest team, the Pioneers will try to handle one of the states biggest teams.
Wilsonville has more size than Sherwood and several players receiving college offers. A couple players hearing from D-1 schools are fullback and outside linebacker Johnny Ragin and running back and corner back Tanner Shipley.
Shipley is the real deal, says Barton, who adds that Wilsonville has four or five plays that are among the best in the Northwest Oregon Conference. He is, without question, one of the top players in the entire northwest. He plays all over the field and hes a guy who is going to be outstanding in college.
But Barton believes his team might have the opportunity to upset the Wildcats if they rest some starters to prevent injuries before the postseason.
The thing that they have to be careful about and I think the coach knows this is when youre going into the playoffs like they are, they want to be healthy, Barton says. But if they lose some guys, theyre not going to be the same team going into the playoffs.
And from the sounds of it, theres only one team Wilsonville wants to put on its radar.
And I know this for a fact: They desperately want to play Sherwood again, Barton says. They just felt like they didnt put it together. So they have some decisions to make, too.