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il lt, - September 19, 2012 Page 9 y-season By Kyle Holland up 7-0 after Hunter Jutte's kick. For The New Era The rest of the first half how- After opening their seasonever, was not so kind to the Hus- with two long bus tides home after kies. The team saw most of its two hard road losses to Redmond drives go backwards due to penal- and Banks, the Sweet Home foot- ties and miscues on offense. ball players were ready for a hap- The defense gave up a big pass pier journey Friday night,play for a 42-yard Central touch- They got it on the bus ride . down and on special teams the punt home from Independence after team gave up a safety to put the beating their longtime rival Cen- Huskies in a 9-7 hole at halftime. tral, 21-16. It didn't take long into the sec- In a game marred by penalties ond half for Sweet Home to re-take and some late-game confusion, the the lead. After stopping the Pan- Huskies held on to a tight victory thers on their first drive of the half, over the Panthers, 21-16. Senior Paulus took a handoff and broke running back Wade Paulus led the away for an 84-yard touchdown way for the Huskies, rushing for a run on Sweet Home's first often- school-record 336 yards on 36 car- sive play to put the Huskies up 13- ries and three touchdowns.9, after a missed extra point. "We made it a lot harder than "I saw their linebacker come it had to be, but good, bad or ugly, up and the next thing I see is Jake when you beat Central it feels (Smith) clobber him and it was an good," Coach Dustin Nichol told open field from there, nothing was the team in his post-game speech, going to stop me," Paulus said of "I thought the kids played very his big run. hard, very consistent," he said later. Smith, the fullback, was play- "To me, the score wasn't indicative ing in his first game of the year af- of how the game went. We took it ter serving a two-game suspension. to Central, I thought. Considering He was big in his first game back, the quality of their program, that freeing up Paulus on several big was a good win." runs. The Huskies took the opening The Husky defense came up kickoff and turned it into a 15-play, big all game, especially in the sec- 71-yard drive composed strictly of ond half. a ground-and-pound diet for the Senior Colton Holly finished Panthers. The drive ate up nearly with two huge interceptions and nine minutes of the clock and was had another called back on a rays- capped off with a one-yard touch- down by Paulus to put the Huskies See Football, page 14 Girls down Taft for first soccer win of the season A costly loss at Central moti- vated the Sweet Home girls soccer team to its first win, a 2-1 victory at Taft, last week. Sweet Home 2", Taft 1 "We're working to put some Against the speedy Tigers, pieces together," Coach Ramiro Sweet Home played smart and got Santana said, a pair of goals from Virtue and freshman Ashley Wickline, along Central 3, Sweet Home 1 with some big saves from goal- The Huskies played at Cen- keeper Haley Kent. tral Sept. 11 and came away two "We kind of pulled our heads players down after what Santana together when we went to Taft," described as a game "with a lot of Santana said, adding that the Tigers grabbing, pushing and holding." are "really good this year." Defender Cassie Coulter suf- Sweet Home, though, started fered a broken collarbone in the passing and playing more aggres- first half and then, 10 minutes later, sively. Sabrina Davis went down with an "We have a lot of bruises on injured knee after being twisted to our legs and arms but it was better the ground by the hosts, for us," he said. "We lost two defenders there," The Huskies scored first on Santana said. "For a minute I Virtue's goal, which Taft respond- thought I'd lost Sabrina for the ed to with a tying score before half- whole season too. I was really time. mad." With about five minutes left Sweet Home got an early goal in the second half, Alana Long from Katie Virtue and the teams crossed the ball to Wickline, who went into halftime tied, but the poked it in for the winning goal. hosts took advantage of the Hus- "We have to work and put kies defensiveliabilities in the sec- some pieces together," Santana ond half to score two more.said. "We;re getting better day by "Before (the injuries)we could day. I just takes a little while to play with that team," Santana said. figure it out." "I was about ready to pull my team Sweet Home opens the Sky- off the field." Em season Thursday, hosting La Meanwhile, the junior varsity Pine at 4:30 p.m. The Hawks were shut out Central 5-0. Phoebe Olsen 1-2 coming into their final pre-sea- and Karson Rodgers both scored son game Tuesday against Crook two goals and Aspen SzubartCounty after beating Madras in scored one, while goalkeeper Nata- their opener. lie Currey and the Husky defense allowed two shots on goal. Photo by Chris Pinto Colton Holly intercepts a Central pass late in the fourth quarter in the Panthers' end zone to seal the win. LESS: BUSINESSES: over 7,500 so.tlot d s i Crawfordsville to Cascadia! +: :