A different look for Fort Vancouver football

It took about three seconds to see a big difference.

Fort Vancouver’s fields looked amazing as the team opened practice Wednesday on campus.

I’m talking great green grass and perfect white lines. It looked like a real football facility.

And if you don’t think that is a big deal, well, you just don’t know how it used to be at Fort. There have been years when the fields were not taken care of until the last minute. It is obvious the fields were a priority this offseason.

It matters to the players and coaches.

“The appearances, the imagery, the facilities for the kids. If you don’t have what others have, kids get an inferiority complex,” Fort Vancouver coach Cal Szueber said. “That makes it tough on the coaches.”

Szueber is returning as the program’s head coach. He coached Fort Vancouver from 2007 to 2010.

“It was watered weeds in those days,” Szueber said of Fort’s practice field.

The freshman football field is in such quality condition that Szueber said a team could play a varsity game on it “right now.”

Call it a new look for the new-look Trappers, who expect to win a few more games this year.

“It’s great because the support we have from the administration is incredible,” Szueber said.

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