OAKLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Oakley features a quick, athletic crew that should fare well in the Snake River Conference. The Hornets only graduated four from last year's third place team.
What Oakley lacks in size, makes up for in speed.
"This year we have a lot of incoming sophomores and juniors that can really help us and good steady senior leadership that can help us," senior quarterback/running back Tate Cranney explained.
Junior receiver/cornerback Chandler Jones added, "eight–man is a wide open field, you take six guys off the field from 11–man." "Field is a lot more open, you got athletes, it's dangerous if you can go out on the edge with your guys."
"Last year we were a little bigger, but this year we have a lot of skilled players coming back, I'm excited to see where we all go," said senior running back/linebacker Austin Bedke.
The makeup of the Snake River Conference will look different this year, as Hagerman dropped down to the 1A DII ranks and Shoshone will only play JV. But entering the conference, former 1A DII power Butte County.
"It's really good to face good competition, see where we rank, see where we stand," added Bedke.
Head coach Kade Craner said, "just makes it a lot more fun,. They're a great football team, great coaching staff.
Oakley is tested right off the bat, as next Friday they travel up to Lapwai, a team they've beaten in the playoffs the past two years.
"They are a very good team to beat. Very strong, very fast," Cranney said.
Jones chimed in, "we know what we can do, we know how to stop them."
"We looked at it and we liked how the schedule worked last year where we got tested early on so we wanted to continue with that, see where we're at early on in the season," Craner added.