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Page 16 11  ra - October 10, 2012 SPORTS Huskies find their stride against Elmira, 64-20 By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Although some of the crowd Friday night may have wanted a lit- tle revenge over Elmira, for Sweet Home's football team it was basi- cally business as usual as the Hus- kies rolled over the Falcons 64-20. The win - the fourth straight for Sweet Home after two losses to open the 2012 campaign, leaves the Huskies 2-0 in league as they await a visit from La Pine Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at Husky Field. Amid occasional hoots from spectators calling for a "double-re- verse," a reference to the play the Falcons ran against Sweet Home last year as the clock ran down, re- sulting in a last-second touchdown in a39-22 win, the Huskies stayed on a game plan that featured sweeps by Spencer Knight and power runs up the middle by Wade Paulus, who finished with 248 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. Knight added 110 yards on 13 rushes, most in the first half, with another touch- down. Cole Homer connected on four of eight passes, hitting Colton Holly and Mitch Keenon for touch- downs through the air. "We did a pretty good job of spreading the ball around," Coach Dustin Nichol said. "The defense came up big with some stops." Senior Trever Olson said the Huskies' defensive improvement is the result of "hard work." "We've been all coming to- gether," he said. "We'll get better as the weeks go by. Our offense is probably the best we've seen. We've gotta thank the Lord for that." Sweet Home scored on its first four possessions, leading 35-14 at halftime. Homer hit Holly with a 10-yard scoring pass less than four minutes into the game to get the Huskies on the scoreboard. After a four- yard touchdown run from Paulus, the Falcons got their first score on the final play of the first quarter as Mikey Langer hit Jessep Fay with a 22-yard touchdown pass. ts$t unn Roofing, Inc. Husky defenders corral Elmira running back Arashi Wahl. Homer responded with an- other touchdown toss, this one from 16 yards out to Keenon. After that it was mostly about running as Paulus and Knight scored on runs of 28 and five yards to finish out the half after Fay caught another touchdown throw from Langer, this one for 19 yards. In the second half, the Huskies really began to wear the visitors down and their defense forced four turnovers, starting with a fumble recovery by Austin Homer that ended the Falcons' opening drive of the third quarter. Paulus scored on a runs 22- yard run on Sweet Home's first play following that turnover, and added another touchdown run of 26 yards later in the third period to extend Sweet Home's lead to 49-14. Then then linebacker David Miller stepped in front of a Langer pass midway through the fourth quarter with a 58-yard interception return for yet another score. ""It just presented itself and I grabbed it and ran it back," said Over 30 years experience Free estimates Locally owned .Tear-offs with no mess . Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles . Snap-lock, Hi-rib metal & fiat roofs . All workmanship guaranteed CCB# 110950 Miller, a senior who transferred in from Bend at the beginning of this year. He said coming to a new school has been a "challenge" and he enjoyed the opportunity he got Friday night. "I just saw the ball coming towards the receiver there and I thought, 'I think I've got a shot at this' and somehow I got there and brought it back. I just'thought, 'Don't get tackled.'" Nichol noted that it was Sweet Home's second interception re- turned for a touchdown in as many games. "That was good for David, good for him to get that," he said. Jacob Smith and Hunter Jutte made all of Sweet Home's point- after.kicks and Colton Holly scam- pered for a two-point conversion at the end of the game on a fumbled exchange, to make the Huskies perfect on points-after. In the second quarter Smith showed what kind of leg he has after the Huskies got backed up 15 yards on a penalty. He merely Photo by Scott Swanson boomed a 32-yard field-goal-sized point-after kick straight through the uprights that appeared it could easily have gone another 20 yards and still cleared the bar. Sweet Home only punted three times during the game. Coaches started inserting back-ups, led by Holly at quar- terback, in the fourth quarter and Kyler Gaskey scored the Huskies' last touchdown, running in from 13 yards out. Nichol said he was "pretty confident" that Sweet Home could prevail against Elmira, particuarly, since the Falcons were missing two of their top running backs, one to injury and another to a suspension. "The question was who was going to be there," he said. "We'd heard rumors but I've heard them before. You kind of take that for what it's worth." The Husky offense has been doing "fairly well," he said, as it has averaged 367 yards per game on the ground over the last four contests, but there have hiccups in other areas. This week, the Huskies came together better on three fronts - of- fense, defense and special teams, Nichol said. "Special teams was 100 per- cent," he said. "That was one thing we tried to focus on: trying to get all three apsects of the game together, to put an entire game together." The improvement in defense was evident in the turnovers, he said. "It was a good coming-out" party in all three aspects of the game." Paulus said the Huskies made a turn-around after their initial losses to Redmond and Banks. "There's two things you can do when you lose," he said. "Nich- ol preaches y.ou can get mad or you can get motivated. Our team took the path to get motivated and we worked hard from those two losses. And we don't ever want to lose that bad again. That's what we're work- ing for." La Pine will arrive Thursday with speed. The Hawks won the state 4A track and field champion- ship last spring, mostly on points from sprint and jumping events. Senior running back Jeremy Dero- siers is one of the top 4A jumpers and sprinters in the state. La Pine is 2-4 after open- ing with wins over lower-division Chiloquin and Oakridge, followed by losses to Ridgeview, Redmond's brand new 4A high school (57-30), Burns (55-0), Junction City (45- 12) and Cottage Grove (75-14). Nichol said he's a "little ner- vous" due to the short week before Thursday's game and the fact that it's Homecoming. "Guys can get caught up in the hype," he said. "We just want to focus on what our job is: winning a football game. We want the guys to enjoy it but the culmination of Homecoming is to win that game. La Pine has everything to gain and nothing to lose. "But as long as we take care of business, we should be able to put See Football, page 20 Huskies score personal bests at Philomath The results weren't quite what Sweet Home has been used to in recent years, but the Huskies still managed to post personal-best times nearly across the board at the Paul Mariman cross-country invitational meet Saturday, Oct. 6, at Philomath. Sweet Home's lack of experi- ence evidenced itself on the girls side, particularly, as veteran Paige Sanders was the only Husky on the medal stand, with a 12-place finish in ECONOMY DRUGS Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jamey Calhoon, RPH Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 8=-,,,, I the field of 88 runners. On the boys side, the Hus- kies were led by Jakob Hiett, who was ninth in 16:57.59 after coming through the first mile in 5:07. The boys placed 10th as Siuslaw swept the top three spots to take the team title with 27 points, ahead of La Salle (70): Siuslaw's Katy Potter dueled it out with Hidden Valley's Sierra Brown in the varsity girls race, Brown winning in a meet-record 18:42.99, four seconds ahead of Pot- ter. "Everybody PR'd but two,,' Coach Billy Snow said of the Hus- kies. "Most of those were PR's from last year." The biggest gain over 2011 was from senior and second-year runner Candalynn Johnson, who finished in 28:05.24 - a 4-minute improve- ment. "She just has a year under her belt now," Snow said. "That always helps." Sanders' time of 21:18.10 was a 30-second personal best. On the boys side, Ian Wingo posted a 1:10 personal best for the course in 19:29.70, Hiett was 45 sec- onds better than last year in 16:57.59 - the second time he's broken 17 minutes, and David Johnson was 40 seconds under his 2011 time, in 19:57.49. He said the team competed well. "A couple went out too quick, but I'd rather have them to that than hang way back. We haven't done any speed work yet." Snow said those drills will start this week as the Huskies ready for the Bristow Rock n River Invitational in Pleasant Hill's Elijah Bristow State Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Sweet Home also competed Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Star City Classic at Corban University in Sa- lem, a new event for the program. Hiett was the top finisher for the Huskies, taking second in the boys 5000 meter race in 17:45. Paul Mariman Invitational (Philomath) Boys Team Scores (1) Siuslaw 27; (2) La Salle 70; (3) Hidden Valley 81;(4) Philomath 141;(5) Scappoose 183; (6) Newport 184; (7) North Bend 1971 (8) Cascade 202; (9) Molalla 237; (10) Sweet Home 242; (12) Cottage Grove 352 Top 3 and Sweet Home finishers (1) Matthew Campbell (Siuslaw) 15:53.98; (2) Mack Marbas/Siuslaw) 16:07.07; (3) Mitch- ell Butler (Siuslaw) 16:28.18; (9) Jakob Hi- ett (SH) 16:57.59; (31) Daniel Danforth ($H) 18:22.30; (58) lan Wingo (SH) 19:29.70; (69) David Johnson (SH) 19:57.49; (83) Stephen Bishop (SH) 20:34.60; (84) Nick Mattson (SH) 20:35.82; (87) Robert Gourley (SH) 20:42.27. Girls Team Scores (1) Molalla 70; (2) La Salle 74; (3) Scappoose 78; (4) Siuslaw 90; (5) Cascade 113; (6) Phi- Iomath 127; (7) Newport 193; (8) Central 231; (9) Sweet Home 244. Top 3 and Sweet Home finishers (1) Sierra Brown (Hidden Valley) 18:42.99; (2) See XC, page 18