Posted On: 06/23/22 10:42 PM

A team to watch heading into the fall is the South Salem Saxons out of the Central Valley Conference. Traditionally the Valley league has been West Salem first and then everybody else. This year the conference looks as even as it’s ever been and truly up for grabs.

The Saxons return the state’s #2 passer during the 2021 regular season in QB Daschel Smith Daschel Smith 6'2" | QB South Salem | 2023 State OR . He hit on 57% of his passes (2,515 yards) and 18 TDs/15 INTs. He had too many picks, but made up for it with his rushing ability, leading the team in carries with 110 and 10 rushing TDs. Smith has looked outstanding on the camp circuit and will be the key if South is going to make a run.

Teammate Tini Tinitali III Tini Tinitali III 6'0" | ATH South Salem | 2023 State OR was another state leader in multiple statistical categories, with 78 receptions (1st) and receiving yards 1,040 (2nd). He was one of Oregon’s breakout junior’s last year and comes back ranked among the top WR’s in the state.

The good news is that Tinitali has plenty of company returning. Fellow 2023 athlete Jaxon Watson Jaxon Watson 5'11" | ATH South Salem | 2023 State OR is back after catching 31 passes for 343 yards and 3 TDs. He also

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