One of the most exciting teams returning in Oregon this season is the group out of South Medford. Head Coach Bill Singler has done a great job over the years and is considered one of the top coaches in the state.
If the Panthers can get some good line play, they will have a chance to make a run the next two seasons. Chase Cota (6-4 195 WR/DB 18′) is ranked one of the nation’s top WR’s as he will lead an impressive cast of incoming Junior’s. Chase earned 1st team all conference honors on both sides of the ball as a Sophomore.
When all is said and done he could end up one of the most recruited kids in the country, with the likes of Oregon, Oregon St, and Washington St already offering.
Cota will team with Kaleb Franklin (5-10 170 Slot/DB 18′) and Jaylin Parnell (5-11 200 RB/LB 18′) to form one of the most dangerous trio’s in the region. Franklin broke out this past season going for 947 all purpose yards on 91 touches (51 receptions, 40 rushes), and 10 TD’s.
Parnell was equally dominant, earning 1st team All SWC honors from his LB spot. As good as he is on D, he will be one of the top RB’s in the state for his class. His 39 carries for 394 yards and 3 TD’s only scratch the surface of what he could potentially do.
Add to this All Conference QB Robbie Patterson (5-11 190 QB 18′) and you have a squad that garnered some valuable experience in 2015. Patterson should be able to create match up problems for opponents as Cota will require consistent double teams if you want to have any chance of containing him.
South will return two honorable mention all league lineman in Brandon Ditty (5-10 220 C 18′) and Sam Cutting (5-10 220 OL 17′). They don’t possess crazy size but they are fundamentally impressive. That said as the biggest question mark will be up front as there isn’t the prototypical size on the line.
Trent Snyder (6-0 200 LB 18′) will be one of the league’s top returning backers after earning all SWC accolades last season. Both him and Parnell will need to stay healthy and lead the LB core.
The Panthers finished last season (5-5), losing a close first round playoff game to Clackamas, after being up early. Sheldon will be a heavy favorite within the conference and a 2016 state title contender. South could pose a challenge to the Irish as their core group is as good as any state wide.
We look forward to seeing a host of the Southern Oregon kids at the Collegiate Showcase in Portland on June 3rd.