by Sanjay Bedi, athletic director, Benson Tech, Sbedi [at] pps [dot] net
I am very excited on the rebuilding of the Benson Tech Football program. We spent a lot of time re-evaluating the program after last season and made a very tough decision to cut the varsity program for the 2015-16 season. Our focus here was to take the necessary steps to not only help rebuild the program and also ensure the future of the program. At the forefront of this decision was a lack of numbers and in turn the safety of players, especially competing at the varsity level.
A lot has happened since we made this decision. Towards the end of the school year we put out a search for a Head Coach and were happy to hire Coach Devarieous Sly-Clay. He was a former Benson Tech student and football player. Most recently he has been an assistant coach at Sherwood High School. Coach D is very excited about taking over the Tech football program and is also positive about the opportunity to build the program from the Freshman and JV level up. He has hired a quality coaching staff and they have been working hard through the summer.
I am very pleased with the work they have done over the summer, especially with the job they have done recruiting players. The team currently has 45 players on the roster and hopes to get more players at the start of the school year.
We have a full season ahead kicking off the season with a jamboree at Oregon City on August 28th followed by 2 non-league games against Lebanon on September 3rd and Barlow on September 10th. We then get into a 6 game league schedule in the PIL. Homecoming will be played on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm against Cleveland High School.
Thank you in advance for your support of our programs.