Richfield High School
Conference: Independent/JV Schedule
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Head Coach: Buck Hendren
Years as Head Coach: 2nd Season
Record Last Year: 2-7
State Titles: 1986
Beau Erwin, DB/WR, 12
Justin Wood, RB/LB, 11
Hayden Wayment, QB/LB, 11
Ty Hatch, RB/LB, 11
Returning Players with Honors:
Justin Wood, 2nd Team All-Conference RB/K
Ty Hatch, 2nd Team All-Conference DB
Key Players lost from last year:
"Great group of hard workers who had good leadership abilities," Coach Hendren.
Incoming impact players:
Austin Matheny, OL/DL, 12
Julian Pena, RB/DB, 12
Nash Rodriguez, OL/DL, 11
Austin Hukill, RB/LB, 9
Conner Hamel, OL/DL, 9
Written by: Sven Alskog
It's a numbers game at Richfield this year, with just 10 players at the disposal of second year Head Coach Buck Hendren.
Two of those pieces are Second Team All-Conference returnees in running back Justin Wood and defensive back Ty Hatch, although Hatch will miss time early in the season due to injury.
Wood is also a linebacker and kicker, while Hatch has will be switching to the linebacker position, also seeing plenty of time in the backfield on offense.
The Richfield offense does have multiple athletes who can make things happen, but the Tigers will need to do a better job of taking care of the ball with less turnovers.
"Justin Wood is a big powerful running back who is tough to bring down. Hayden Wayment throws a good ball and makes good decisions from the quarterback position," said Hendren.
On the defensive end, finding someone to be a placeholder for Hatch will be a challenge.
Beau Erwin will be a defensive back and his coach says the senior has a good nose for the ball. Some youthful faces will be around him on the defensive side, where the Tigers will be challenged against high-powered offenses in conference play.
"Lots of new faces. Will be fun to see how the newer players improve throughout the season," said Hendren.
Richfield will hope to tackle better and avoid giving up as many big plays in 2016.
The overall theme for the new campaign is pretty simple according to the head coach.
"Dedication. We talk about it every day. Right now we only have ten healthy players so everyone showing up every day is a must."
After forfeiting the season opener against Clark County, the next contest for Richfield is slated for September 2 at Rockland. The season finale with Camas County should once again be one of the games to circle for the Tigers.