Opposing coaches preview weekend’s Basin football games

Football in Mid-Air


When the Lost River Raiders beat Gold Beach in the 2004 OSAA 2A Football State Championship game, the two head coaches of the programs were introduced.

Now, nearly ten years later, Lost River’s Dennis Dunlea and Gold Beach’s Kevin Swift are still coaching their teams to the highest levels of small school football, and over that time, have developed a relationship.

Lost River football head coach Dennis Dunlea

That will come to an end on Friday night, at least temporarily, as Swift has decided to take a break from coaching the Panthers.

Gold Beach football head coach Kevin Swift

Swift will still be Gold Beach’s athletic director and run the popular Gold Beach Football Camp in the summers.

Summit at Klamath Union

For the second time in three years, the Summit Storm will visit Modoc Field and play the Klamath Union Pelicans (6:40 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend). Summit is 1-1 against KU in the last two years, following a 49-41 win in 2011 with a 17-7 home loss to the Pelicans last season in Bend.

Joe Padilla makes his first trip to Klamath Falls with the Storm, taking over as head coach before last season. Summit beat North Eugene 56-35 to open the season before losing to Eagle Point in double overtime 34-33 last week. 

In both games, Summit has been playing without its quarterback.

Summit football head coach Joe Padilla

Klamath Union beat Ridgeview 14-12 last week after a season-opening loss at Ashland 38-0.

Weekend High School Football Games

La Pine at Henley
Mazama at Elmira
Summit at Klamath Union (960 the Sports Legend)
Lakeview at Burns
Bonanza at Modoc (Calif.)
Lost River at Gold Beach
Hosanna Christian at North Lake 
Triad at Powers
Butte Valley at Princeton