Rogers High School has had one winning football season in the past 39 years. Coach Matt Miethe and his staff are installing new attitudes and positive thinking to turn the program around. Personal growth for the players is a goal set by Miethe. This the first installment of a continuing series throughout the season.
Rogers High School football players including from left, Brandon Rose, Storm Fissette, (front), Jordan Roth and Cody Risinger, listen to coach Matt Miethe address the team during the first gathering of the season, Aug. 16, 2013.
A T-shirt commemorating a football homecoming 14-7 win over Gonzaga Prep in 1994 is displayed in the Rogers High trophy case. It was the last time the Pirates had a winning season. Rogers’s current head coach Matt Miethe was a member of the ‘94 team.
Rogers High School football coach Matt Miethe gathers his players at the stroke of midnight Aug. 21, 2013, to begin a short Midnight Madness practice under the stars on the school’s football field. Teams were not allowed to practice before this date. Most other schools began their first day of practice later in the morning.
Rogers High School football players, from left Michael Webb, Tyson Pack, Cody Dodson and Elijah Rodriguez streak past the goal posts during their Midnight Madness practice Aug. 21, 2013. The players ran around the field to different stations singing the school fight song.
Rogers High School football players Tristen Carl and Jessie Hagar show sings of bonding after their first full practice Aug. 21, 2013. The coaches are preaching teamwork and a sense of togetherness for the players this year.
Rogers High School football coach Matt Miethe and player Ryan Tran bump fists after coming to an agreement to move Tran from QB to receiver or running back during a meeting before practice in Miethe’s office, Aug. 26, 2013.
Rogers High School football players dog-pile on Reed Johnson, bottom left, after his teammates caught him kissing his girlfriend near the field just before the start of practice, Aug. 26. “It’s football time, not girlfriend time,” said teammate Jacob Meusy.