“Football teaches life-skills,” Schauffler said when describing why he coaches. He explained that he enjoys working with high school students, and likes “having close ties [to the] community that I love.”
Fifty-five athletes make up the JV and Varsity teams, which practice together because some JV players may “bump up” to compete at the varsity level for certain games. Out of those, fourteen are seniors and eleven are returning starters.
Coach Schauffler mentioned Marist High School and Mountain View High School as potentially his team’s strongest opponents this year. But he did not appear too intimidated by their high rankings, (1st and 3rd in the state, respectively). Schauffler pointed out the eight seniors on his offensive line as a “strong part of our team.” Among others, he noted power players such as running back/linebacker, Garrett Snow, quarterback/linebacker, Daniel Morgan, and wide receiver/defensive end, Zack Reed, who stands well over six feet tall. “We’re going to run the ball very effectively this year,” Schauffler said.
The Eagles will play their first game against Mountain View High School at the EPHS field on Friday, September 2nd at 7pm.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent