TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles did not have the season they were hoping for finishing 2-8 last year, but a new season, new league, and new section bring hope to the team that was young a year ago.
“This offseason has been the best offseason we’ve had since I have taken over,” head coach Tyler Lane said. “We had excellent attendance all offseason and in spring and in winter time in the weight room so our kids are looking good. The bunch that came up from the JV last year are a really good group, they just enjoy playing football and being out here so it just makes it easy as a coach to come out and spend time with these guys.”
Unlike Atascadero and other teams that used to make up the PAC 5, Templeton has some experience in the Central Section seeing as they were part of it several years ago, including in 2003 when Lane played for the Eagles.
“Moving to the Central Section, I am actually kind of excited about it,” Lane said. “...I think it will be fun and exciting for us to be able to see some more small-town teams like us as opposed to running into some of those crazy private schools down south.”
The Eagles added former Templeton Eagles standout running back and linebacker, Tyler Grey, to the coaching staff this year to help with the inside linebackers. Grey played four seasons with the Boise State Broncos and entered Miami Dolphins camp as an undrafted signee in 2016. Grey will look to help the Eagles strengthen their defense which allowed an average of 39 points a game last year and has already begun to make an impression on certain players.
“He has so much knowledge about what to do and I don't even know it is just crazy,” junior outside linebacker Jacob Emanuelson said.
Offensively the Eagles have a lot of talent coming back which is huge in many ways. One of the major reasons being that the Eagles run a high-tempo offense and the more comfortable players are in the system the faster they can play on the field.
“We were young last year,” Lane said. “So, you know, we’ve got two quarterbacks that each have game experience which is great, we haven’t had that in a while. All of our running backs are coming back in the same system again and two of our top receivers are back and they were only sophomores last year.”
Now in the Ocean League, Templeton will play its league games against some familiar opponents and new faces in Morro Bay, Pioneer Valley, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Nipomo.
The Eagles open their season with a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 11, against McFarland at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.