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PREVIEW: Hillsboro vs. Glencoe (OR)

September 25, 2012

The Hillsboro Spartans will play their arch-rival, the Glencoe Crimson Tide, in the 32nd annual meeting between the two. The game will be played at Hare Field in Portland, Oregon, a stadium that the two schools share. This classic rivalry dates back to 1980 when Glencoe High School opened its doors. Glencoe won last season’s battle 33-14 and holds the advantage in the all-time series 22-9.

The Glencoe Crimson Tide are looking to win back-to-back games against the rival Spartans for the first time since ’04-’05. The Crimson Tide tallied a 2-8 overall record in 2011, finishing in 6th place in the Pacific Conference. The Tide lost to Lakeridge in the play-in round of the 6A playoffs. The 2012 season is likely to be an uphill battle, as the Tide only returns 6 starters, 4 on offense and 2 on defense. Senior quarterback Kevin Van Winkle will start for Glencoe after he sat out all of the 2011 season due to injury. Senior Ryan Spaulding returns at running back. He was voted 2nd team All-League last season. Senior Blaine Morgan will also see some carries at running back as well as lining up at linebacker on defense. Also a 2nd team All-League member, senior Michael Schrader will play on both sides of the ball, lining up at fullback and at linebacker. Senior Trebriel Larry is ready for a breakout season at wide receiver. Second year Head Coach Steve Jones will have 21 seniors on his roster as the Crimson Tide try and improve off of last season’s 2-8 record.

The Hillsboro Spartans need just one win to top last season’s success. The Spartans went 0-10 in 2011 and finished in 8th place in the Pacific Conference. They lost to Lincoln in the play-in round of the 6A playoffs. Fourth year Head Coach Ken Ingram’s team will return 14 starters, 8 on offense and 6 on defense. Coach Ingram’s squad will have a lot of work to do if they want to get back to the state finals. The Spartans won the state championship in 2009 in Coach Ingram’s first season as head coach. It was the school’s 3rd state title and the first since 1973. Matt Jones will lead the Spartan offense under center. Senior Adam Morton will play a multitude of positions for the team including; wide receiver, cornerback, running back and will also return kicks. Junior Michael Gaskell will add to the Spartan passing attack at wide receiver. Senior Scott Hill will return in the secondary at free safety. Hill will also play some snaps at wide receiver.

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