A STORM GATHERS ON THE WESTSIDE OF BEND

After finishing last year at 5-6, the Summit Storm are looking to take their game to the next level in 2014, and it all starts with the off season practice.

Going into his 7th year overall at Summit, 3rd year as Head Coach, Joe Padilla (7-17) says he feels good about the Storm’s chances of putting together a winning season this year. “I have seen players working harder this off season than I have in the 7 years I have been here.”

COACH PADILLA EVALUATES HIS PLAYERS
COACH PADILLA EVALUATES HIS PLAYERS

The team split up into position groups to run drills, including 7 on 7’s, tackling and blocking drills, as well as route drill for the receivers.

THE STORM RUN 7 ON 7 DRILLS
THE STORM RUN 7 ON 7 DRILLS

 

Coach Padilla says he is paying special attention to the competition at the offensive skill positions of quarterback, receiver, and running back.

COACH ELSHIRE STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF AGGRESSIVE PLAY TO THE DEFENSE
COACH ELSHIRE STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF AGGRESSIVE PLAY TO THE DEFENSE

The storm boast an impressive assistant coaching staff, including former NFL players, Offensive Coordinator Drew Bledsoe, and Receivers Coach, Kevin Boss.

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Summit has also brought over Defensive Coordinator Neil Elshire from Mountain View. This marks Elshire’s third stint since 2001 at Summit.

Padilla says Elshire will make a big difference on the defensive side of the ball, “He brings an intense nature, he is very thorough in how he prepares… some one who brings us to another level.”

CAMP COMPETITION AT RECEIVER WAS INTENSE.
CAMP COMPETITION AT RECEIVER WAS INTENSE.

Even though there are some celebrities on the coaching staff, Padilla says they shy from the spotlight, “They just want to coach football, they just want to teach kids.”

O.C. DREW BLEDSOE MENTORS A COMPETITIVE QB GROUP
O.C. DREW BLEDSOE MENTORS A COMPETITIVE QB GROUP

 

At the end of practice, the team loaded up for a 7 hour trip to the Gold Beach football camp in Southwest Oregon on the coast, where they will join up with 15 other teams and work on honing their skills for the upcoming season.

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Summit opens the season hosting Pendleton (8-3) on September 5th.

And, the Storm have tough home dates with state Semifinalist Ashland, and IMC Champion Mt. View. Plus, Summit hosts the 2013 4A Champion Ridgeview Ravens.

The Storm ended 2013 losing at eventual 5A State Champion West Albany 48-20 in the Storm’s first ever ‘Playoff’ game in school history.

However, Summit defeated its arch inter-city rival Bend, 17-14, for the first time in 8 years in a highly controversial finish that still hasn’t sat well with the Lava Bears.

 

2014 SUMMIT STORM SCHEDULE

Sept. 5  vs. Pendleton

Sept. 12 at Franklin

Sept. 19 vs. Ashland

Sept. 26 at The Dalles

Oct. 3 vs. Mt. View

Oct. 10 at Redmond

Oct. 17 vs. Ridgeview

Oct. 24 at Bend

Oct. 31 vs. North Salem

 

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