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Page 16 11  ra - October 24, 2012 Sl:,O RTS SH, CG to put 4-lip 1, 00ague records on line Friday By Scott Swanson Of The New Era D-Day is Friday. That is the message that is seared into the minds of the entire Sweet Home football team as it awaits its showdown with Cottage Grove with the league title on the line. If the Huskies win, it will be their first conference champion- ship since 2004. Sweet Home warmed up for the Big One last Friday with a systematic 50-22 demolishing of Junction City in its first rainy-day game of the season. "I was very please with how my guys came out and played," Coach Dustin Nichol said of his 6-2 team, which is 4-0 in league, tied for the lead with Cottage Grove. "Last week (against La Pine) we came out like a ball of fire and then got complacent." That didn't happen Friday, as the first-stringers ran up a 19-0 lead before Junction City finally got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter. After linebacker Cole Homer snuffed the Tigers' opening drive with an interception of Cody Mill- er's pass with 9:38 on the clock, the Huskies took over and 21 sec- onds and 21 yards later, Wade Pau- lus was in the end zone for Sweet Home's first score. Austin Rice recovered a bob- bled kickoff and returned it 45 yards to the three, where Jacob Smith somersaulted into the end zone for another touchdown and then kicked the extra point to make it 13-0. Homer, at quarterback, then took the Huskies to the air, con- necting with Mitch Keenon for the first of Keenon's two touchdown receptions to give Sweet Home that 19-0 lead. Paulus scored another touch- down, on a six-yard run and Homer hit Keenon for a two-point conver- sion, then found him again for an- other touchdown witl two seconds left to give Sweet Home a 34-8 lead going into the locker room. The Huskies opened the third quarter with a six-play drive, with Paulus carrying on every play, marching 62 yards for their sixth touchdown of the night before they hit their first real hiccup, a safety on their next possession after they were pushed deep into their own territory by a Junction City punt and Homer got caught in the end zone as he tried to pass. But on their next possession the junior varsity took over, fresh- man Brandon Keeney carrying seven straight times for 45 yards until he was stripped of the ball at the six-yard line. That's when Tiger quarterback See'Football, page 18 Photo by Scott Swanson Going somewhere? Husky defenders, including Josh Holman, left, and Zach Gill, right, converge on Junction City receiver Joe Schacher after he made a catch during Friday's game. 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Though these extras may seem insignificant compared to the vehicle itself, the leasing company will check every single aspect of the vehicle when you return it. To give your lease a good-as- new appearance, consider having the vehicle detailed before inspec- tion, Turning over a vehicle that has already been thoroughly cleaned will make for an easier and less costly trade-in. By taking advantage of the tips above, you'll skip the head- aches when it comes to turning in a leased car. ARA Content