Wayne Amos stepped away from coaching the Klamath Union football team in 2008, ending his tenure as the school’s longest-tenured and winningest coach.
His replacement was protege Tom Smith, who has totaled 30 wins in his first four seasons with the program. Mentor and mentee meet tonight at Modoc Field as Smith’s Pelicans host the Henley Hornets, a team now coached by Amos after he took the job this summer.
Henley football coach Wayne Amos
In Amos’ last game against Henley as the Klamath Union coach, his senior son and quarterback, Jon Amos, scored two touchdowns as KU won 36-8. The Pelicans made the second round of the OSAA 5A playoffs where they lost at Thurston 58-40.
Since that game, Henley has only been to the OSAA playoffs once in 2009 and has only reached the play-in round once. Meanwhile, Klamath Union has played in a first round game every year.
Henley has already matched its win total from last year, with victories over Crook County and La Pine. The Hornets two losses have been by a combined seven points. Meanwhile, Klamath Union enters tonight’s Skyline Conference opener on a two-game losing skid after Yreka beat the Pelicans 49-27 last Friday.
Klamath Union is Smith’s first head coaching position and his offense still looks like the one Amos taught him during their nine years of coaching together. In order to start the season 1-0 in league, KU defensive coordinator Jay Otero will have to figure out how to stop the same offense Smith calls and vice versa for Henley defensive coordinator Bob Tacchini.
Klamath Union football head coach Tom Smith
960 the Sports Legend‘s coverage starts at 6:40 p.m. and fans are invited to attend a pre-game tailgate party at 5 p.m. presented by the Pelican Peppers. Also, Bi-Mart Game of the Week t-shirts and rally towels will be thrown into the crowd during the game.
Other Weekend Football Games
North Valley at Mazama – 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Hidden Valley – 7 p.m.
Lakeview at Nyssa – 6 p.m.
Bandon vs Chiloquin (Douglas High School) – 7 p.m.
Lost River at Rogue River – 7 p.m.
Prospect at Hosanna Christian – 7:30 p.m.
Dunsmuir at Tulelake – 4 p.m.
Redding Christian at Butte Valley – 6 p.m.
Triad at Sherman – 6 p.m.
Thursday High School Scores
North Valley def. Klamath Union 25-15, 25-22, 25-21
~ Jordan Newman (KU) 7 digs, 4 kills and 2 blocks
Lakeview 3, Lost River 0
Bonanza 3, Chiloquin 0
Phoenix 3, Henley 1
Tulelake 7, Trinity 0