Head coach: Mark Kress. 5th year
2015 record: 4-5, 2-4 in Snake River Conference (lost to Valley in 1AD1 playoffs, 48-6)
Returning starters: 8
Hagerman got off to a quick start in 2015 due in large part to a soft early season schedule. After a 4-0 start, the Pirates lost its last five games by nearly 33 points per game.
The late-season slide was also due in part to injuries, which left Hagerman with just 13 players by season's end.
“We opened up with the teams that weren’t on the top … and we had a little bit of drop off," Kress said. "We knew that we had some good kids. We knew that we could be competitive. We thought we could be competitive.”
The Pirates return talent on both sides of the ball but must figure out their quarterback situation sooner rather than later. Three players are vying for the spot at the moment and, according to Kress, the passing game must improve if Hagerman is to return to a championship level.
“(We're) still looking for depth at our quarterback position. We have not proficient in the passing game the last two years," said Kress. "We just haven't been able to do that well."
Kress will also have the luxury of depth in 2016, as more players came out for the team this year than last season.
“We got a few more kids out. "We feel good about our ability to sub on the line. Last year we didn’t have any ability to sub on the line," Kress said. “We have some kids that have been committed in the weight room.”
Head coach: Laif Morrison, 3rd year
2015 record: 6-4, 3-3 in Snake River Conference (lost to Lapwai in the 1AD1 playoffs, 44-25)
Returning starters: 10
The Pilots of Glenns Ferry have thrived since moving down to eight-man football in 2014, making a pair of playoff appearances at the 1AD1 level and finishing 2015 with a 6-4 overall record.
Though the Snake River championship goes through Valley, head coach Laif Morrison likes what he has seen from his team that returns 10 starters. Included among his returners are quarterback Kody Arellano and running back Eric Ballesteros.
Morrison is also excited about his team's defense, which showed much improvement in the passing game over the summer at various tournaments.
“I’m really excited," Morrison said. "We lost some key players, but most of our guys who got all-conference are back. These guys have been in the same program for three years. They’re starting to get the hang of things.”