James Helmen

Senior LB

After 15 wins and two playoff appearances in the last two years, the Clatskanie Tigers are looking to improve even more. This year senior James Helmen is hoping to continue the upward trend.

“Last year was probably the best team we’ve had in a long time, and we got screwed over by injuries. The goal is to stay healthy and not get injured as a team,” Helmen said.

Last year the team went 7-4 under head coach Tim Warren’s lead. Now, with a team largely consisting of juniors and seniors, the next step could be a state title. Helmen said that’s the overall goal.

“We feel pretty good. Everyone has been in the weight room; everyone’s been grinding. We look good,” Helmen said.

“We are an older team. We have a lot of senior leadership this year, so it’s a good thing,” Warren added.

The Tigers are one of the few teams in the area that have a projected starting lineup of mostly seniors. Both Helmen and Warren said they are hoping this leads to more savvy play and strategic thinking.

“This senior group, their freshman year, we had a bunch of transfers and injuries, so a lot of them got some playing time. I’m excited because they’ve all had varsity experience,” Warren said.

For the seniors, this year is all about leaving an impact and being good leaders, according to Helmen.

“We want to focus on pretty much just coming together and talking about what we’re going to do, our game plan. Music is a big part of our team. We listen to rap, it just gets us going and dancing. It gets us hyped,” Helmen said.

Unlike some seniors, college football is the next step Helmen’s looking to take. He has offers from a few schools in the northwest, according to Helmen. Schools like Pacific Lutheran University, George Fox and Whitworth are just a few of the schools that he's visited after receiving letters of interest.

“It is kind of surreal in a way. I just have to make this year our year,” Helmen said.

McKenna Morin, The Daily News

Who's your role model?

“Antonio Brown because he doesn’t really give a crap about what people think and he just does him.”

CLATSKANIE TIGERS

LEAGUE: Special District 1 West

OSAA ENROLLMENT: 207

State Playoff Appearances: 21

PROJECTED STARTERS

OFFENSE

Scheme: Shotgun Wing-T

QB: James Helmen;Sr.

RB: Cedrix Heath;Jr.

RB: Sam Shockley;Sr.

WR: Noah Patterson;Sr.

WR: Andre Combs;So.

OL: Cade Warren;Sr.

OL: Mitchell Hopstad;Sr.

OL: Timber Zea;Sr.

OL: Tony Christen;Sr.

OL: Sterling Bruce;Jr.

DEFENSE

Scheme: 3-4

DL: Timber Zea;Sr.

DL: Chase Baker;Sr.

DL: Mitchell Hopstad;Sr.

DL: Sterling Bruce;Jr.

LB: James Helmen;Sr.

LB: Sam Shockley;Sr.

LB: Cedrix Heath;Jr.

DB: Noah Patterson;Sr.

DB: Josh Quevido;Jr.

DB: Andre Combs;So.

DB: Trent Bentsen;Sr.

COACH

Tim Warren, 9th year

Record at school: 46-35

LAST SEASON

Team;W/L;Score

Heppner;W;46-0

@Umatilla;W;67-0

@Blanchet;W;52-0

@Vale;L;20-14

@Rainier;L;36-20

Taft;W;55-12

Dayton;W;55-25

@Amity;L;40-32

Willamina;W;49-14

@Santiam Chr.;W;26-3

@Rainier;L;18-7

SCHEDULE

League games in bold

All games 7 p.m. unless noted

Sept. 6;at Heppner

Sept. 13;Highline, Wa.

Sept. 20;at Winlock, Wa.

Sept. 27;La Grande;6 p.m.

Oct. 4;Rainier

Oct. 11;at Taft

Oct. 18;at Dayton

Oct. 25;Amity

Nov. 1;at Willamina

THE TREND

Wins during past five seasons

2018: 7

2017: 8

2016: 5

2015: 3

2014: 6

Special District 1 West

First team:

OL Mithcell Hopstad, Clatskanie;

DL Timber Zea, Clatskanie;

LB Sam Shockley, Clatskanie;

Second team:

RB Cedrix Heath, Clatskanie;

DL Chase Baker, Clatskanie;

LB James Helmen, Clatskanie;

Honorable mention

Cade Warren, Clatskanie;

Tony Christen, Clatskanie;

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