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Page 16 ~PQRT,~ ~11~ ~T~,. ~ra - October 3, 2012 P . m Outlasting an undermanned Sis- ters team, Sweet Home notched its third straight football win of the sea- son, scoring 43 second-half points for a 61-20 victory. "It was a good second effort," .Coach Dustin Nichol said of the Huskies, who are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Sky-Em League action going into this Friday's game against Elmira. The teams traded touchdowns in the first half as Sisters ground out some long drives, scoring on two runs by Ethan Luloff and a five-yard pass from Tristen Lewis to Nate Kap- ing for a 20-6 lead midway through the second quarter. "That Luloff kid can run," Nichol said. "He's a really good run- ning back." Sweet Home had the ball for three offensive plays in the first quarter, the third a 50-yard scoring run by Wade Paulus. At that point, the Huskies started to get their motor running smoothly and Spencer Knight capped a Sweet Home drive with a four-yard scoring run just before the half to narrow the hosts' lead to 20-12, after another failed conversion attempt by Sweet Home. From there on out, it was all Huskies. "We made some offensive and defensive adjustments at halftime," Nichol noted. Knight said the team was still confident going into the locker room, but coaches didn't assume anything. "Coach Nichol told us that the defense needed to step up," he said. Sweet Home opened the sec- ond half with a 70-yard scoring pass from Cole Homer to Mitch Keenon that capped a four-play drive. "That first drive of the second half realy set the tone for the rest of the game," junior Austin Rice said. Homer followed that up later with a second scoring completion, a 67-yarder to Keenon, finishing the night with four completions in six attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns, along with an intercep- tion. "We're just playing really well right now," the junior quarterback said. "There's always stuff to work on. I threw a few passes into the dirt, but the receivers are running great routes. We feel a lot better." Paulus turned in another big night, rushing 20 times for 202 yards, and Knight was close behind with 10 runs for 114 yards. Keenon finished with three catches for 136 yards and two scores. Paulus added another 20-yard scoring run and Knight followed with a 17-yard run for a touchdown. By that point the Outlaws were be- ginning to fray. "Our guys came off the field and said, 'Coach, they're starting to fight among themselves. They're imploding,'" Nichol said. In the fourth quarter, Sweet Home began pulling starters and Colton Holly took over at quarter- back, hitting Jake Smith with a short scoring pass and then scoring on a quarterback sneak from two yards out late in the game. Then Rice put the icing on the cake for Sweet Home with a 60-yard interception return for a final score. Kicker Hunter Jutte connected on his final of three point-after kicks. "I just read it well and got in front of him and took it back for the score," said Rice, noting that his last interception return for a score oc- curred when he was in the eighth grade. Nichol said the Huskies were able to take advantage of Sisters' lack of depth. "We don't have a lot of depth, in my opinion, but our depth started to wear them down in fourth quarter. We got them out of their game plan. Plus, their attitude kind of finished them off." He credited his team with keep- ing the pressure on. "They didn't sit back, start tak- ing it easy," he said. "They competed fight down to the end. "It was nice to be able. to get young guys in in the fourth quarter and get them on film. It was a good thing for our team." Sisters' lack of numbers was a big difference in the game, he said. "They only had six offensive and defensive linemen the whole game. They dropped down to two' freshman and sophomores who had played the night before. Their run- ning backs and secondary were the same. Just enough. Then they dropped off to freshmen and sopho- mores. They only had four lineback- ers." That likely won't be the case this week as Elmira comes to town for what, Nichol said, may be a bit of a grudge game. "Elmira, in our last two games, has left a sour taste in our mouth," he said, particularly recalling last year's loss 39-22 to the Falcons, in which Elmira was leading with 11 seconds left in the game, indicated that it was going to take a knee on the final play, and then ran a reverse to score from the 10 yard line. "We'd like to get a little pay- back," Nichol said. But he said that, although the Falcons are 1-4 and missing a lot of the seniors who made up their lineup last year, "it's not going to be easy." Elmira lost 42-34 Friday to Cottage Grove after beating Stay- ton 7-6. Its other losses were 42-18 to WJ Mouat of British Columbia, which is still undefeated, 49-12 to Philomath and 24-7 to undefeated Siuslaw, both of which are ranked above Sweet Home in the state foot- ball RPI listings. "They're good," Nichol said. "They have three skill-position play- ers coming back." Game time is 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium. Nichol said the Huskies' resur- gence after losses to 5A Redmond and then to Banks in the first two weeks is largely due to having a full team. Their only major loss right now is senior linebacker Josh Wool- ey, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. "We have a number of indi- viduals who can make plays for us, but our strength is our team itself," Nichol said. "The difference be- tween now and and the first of the year is the kids we have back from injuries and suspensions. "Central was the first game we had everybody back. So far, we just keep getting bettter and better each week. The kids are attentive and re- sponding well - whatever it takes, they just want to win. Where we're at right now is just having our guys back and healthy." Homer said the Huskies are se- rious. "In practice everyone is all business," he said. "There's no in- fighting, nothing like that." Knight echoed that. Photo courtesy of Jerry Baldock Colton Schilling, left, and Austin Homer put the clamps on Sisters running back Ethan Luloth. "Everybody's working together First quarter SH: Oake Smith 2 pass from Colton really well right now. We had a team Sis: Ethan Luloff 20 run (Kick failed) Holley (Hunter dutte kick) meeting after our second loss (to SH: Wade Paulus 50 run (Run failed) SH: Holley 1 run (Jutte kick) Second quarter SH: Austin Rice 60 interception return Banks) and we said we have to come Sis: Luloff 3 run (Josh Andrade kick) (Jutte kick) together as one group. We need to SH: Paulus 4 run (Pass failed) Sweet Home Statistics play together as a group. Sis: Nathan Kaping 8 pass from Tristen Rushing - Sweet Home total: 39-335; "Our offensive linemen are Lewis (Andrade kick) Wade Paulus 20-202; Spencer Knight pretty much leaders on the team. SH: Mitch Keenon 58 pass from Cole 10-114; Kyler Gaskey 5-11; Colton Hol- They said we should come together Homer (Run failed) ly 2-6; Jacob Smith 2-2. Third quarter Passing - Sweet Home total 6-8-180; and that we shouldn't lose another SH: Paulus 4 run (Paulus run)Cole Homer 4-6-175-1, two touch- game during the regular season." SH: Keenon 60 pass from Horner downs; Colton Holly 2-2-5-0, one Scoring Summary (Paulus run) touchdown. Sweet Home 61, Sisters 20 Fourth quarter Receiving - Mitch Keenon 3-136, two Sweet Home 6 12 16 27 -- 61 SH: Spencer Knight 40 run (Run touchdowns; Colton Holly 3-39; Jacob Sisters 6 14 0 0 -- 20 failed) Smith 1-5. Spikers down JC, fall to Cottage Grove Sweet Home's volleyball team finished the week with a split in Sky-Em League action and some good experience matches at the Santiam Christian Tournament Saturday. Sweet Home 3, Junction City 1 The Huskies played with confi- dence against the Tigers, whom they had beaten once in the pre-season, and it showed as they Won 25-14, 25-19, 19-25, 25-14 Tuesday, Sept. 25. "They did a good job," said Coach Alicia Meier, who sat out the road trip with her newborn son. She said she hopes to make road games after the trip to La Pine Oct. 4. Assistant Coach Mary Hutchins Photo by Sean C. Morgan coached at Junction City. Amanda Hubbard digs one out for the Huskies against Cottage Grove. "It was a good game," Meier said. "The girls were playing ag- and dominated the Huskies in game themselves." gressively and, although they let one of a 25-10, 25 -21, 25 -20 win at Junction City come back in the third Sweet Home Thursday, Sept. 27. Santiam Christians tournament : game, they came back in the fourth. "They were controlling every- Against some of the top 10 3A Megan Graville led the team thing- we were just scrambling to schools in the state Saturday, the with 15 kills, and Alena Davis and get it over," Meier said. Huskies won a game against Burns Emily Marchbanks each scored four After the Huskies talked about before Marchbanks and Graville aces. it between the first and second collided, sending them both to the "It was nice to get a little con- games, they came out more corn- bench. fidence booster," Meier said. "Our posed and kept things closer. Meier said the Huskies could league is so tough, it's sometimes Graville led the team with have beaten a couple of the teams hard to focus on not getting dis- seven kills, they played if they'd been a full couraged when we're playing these Meier said that the team just strength and confidence. tough teams, needs to believe in themselves. Against Central in the medal "We just need to remember that "I think we had the same strat- round, Sweet Home took the first we can't control the opponent, but egy but they executed it," she said. game 25-18, lost by a close 28-26 we can control what we do with the "We are talking about taking games score in the second and then fell ball." off this team, getting them worried 15-8 in the third. about us. "We just can't make those lit- Cottage Grove 3, Sweet Home 0 "We can play with teams tie mistakes," Meier said. "We just The seventh-ranked Lions at (ranked) right around the 20 mark. lose all this momentum, making all took charge at the opening whistle It's just our players believing in those little mental errors."