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Page 18 ,%PCRTS le  r - October 24, 2012 Artificial turf in near future JFor Husky Field? By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home High School football Coach. Dustin Nichol and others are working to generate community support for an artificial turf field for Husky Field. The high school quietly ap- plied for and was awarded a grant from the Community Sports Devel- opment Council, Inc. to partially fund the installation of an artificial playing surface on the field inside the track at the stadium. The grant would pay for ap- proximately two-thirds of the proj- ect, Nichol said, provided that the school can raise the other third of the approximately $1.1 to $1.2 mil- lion the field would cost. Nichol said the field would be multi-purpose, providing a play- ing surface for both football and soccer. He said CSDC has funded similar fields at Santiam Christian, Pleasant Hill and Eagle Point high schools. Lebanon High School installed an artificial turf field last summer but that was financed entirely by the community, he said. Nichol said a series of meet- ings will be held to inform those interested in the project after it takes shape. A preliminary meeting will be held Oct. 30 for organizers, fol- lowed by a larger meeting, planned for November, to introduce the project to interested potential par- ticipants. "We ne+d public support, so this meeting will be a planning ses- sion to figure out how to generate business and public support/' he said. If the money can be raised by next spring, the field could be installed in time for the fall 2013 sports season. Nichol said he hopes to gather a small group of businesses to pro- vide core support for the project, who will then help recruit other "investors." He said the project actually started two years ago, in the fall of 2010, when he and others ap- proached the School Board with the idea. But the financial difficulties that struck the district soon thereaf- ter put the brakes on progress. "Because of the pool and the budget and everything, we wanted to put it off one season," he said. Football From page # Bryon Brown, who had nine car- ties for 178 yards, scampered 85 yards for the hosts' second touch- down with one second left in the third quarter to make it 41-16. But sophomore Kyler Gaskey showed flashes of brilliance in re- sponding with a 58-yard touch- down run on fourth-and-two after back-up quarterback Colton Holly got the Huskies rolling with a 32- yard pass to Keeney following a penalty and a sack that had Sweet Home looking at a first-and-24 to re-establish the lead, 47-16. "It's great to be behind a strong line," Gaskey said, noting that he finds the varsity game "more com- petitive, harder-hitting and faster game speed." "It's definitely a bigger re- ward," he said. 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With Spencer Knight unable to play due to illness, Gaskey con- tributed 124 more on 11 carries. Homer completed seven of nine passattempts and Holly added one more. Mitch Keenon finished with six catches for 114 yards. "The timing was perfect," he said of his chemistry with Homer. The offensive line gets the credit for most of that offensive production, Nichol and players said. "We have a great line," Paulus said. "That line has worked together I don't know how many years. They move together as one on that first 6-inch step and I know there's go- ing to be room for me. Then there's Jake Smith. He's a bulldozer." Center Nate Melcher said the linemen have reached the point that they are confident in each other and "we know what the other guys are thinking. All 11 guys work togeth- er, six inches at a time." Defensively, the Huskies were able to contain Junction City's air Mat Club sign-ups sweet Home Mat Club will hold sign-ups from 4 to 5:30 p.m Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30, and Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sweet Home High School Gymnasium. Cost is $45 for kinder- garten through second grade and $60 for third-through sixth-graders. Those who need a USA card will need to pay for that separately. Practice for kindergarten- ers through second-graders will start Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. First prac- tice for third- through sixth- graders will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. For more information, contact Steve Thorpe by e- mailing steve.thorpe@sweet- home.kl2.or.us or calling (541) 367-7160 days or (541) 401-1154. Photo by Scott Swanson David Miller, 21, comes close to picking off a Junction City pass as Trever Olson, 22, and Austin Rice close in behind him. attack, limiting the Tigers.to four completions in 16 attempts for 51 yards. "We've been preparing for Junction City and Cottage Grove," said senior defensive back Colton Schilling, who had two monster hits on hapless Junction City re- ceivers who went up for balls in the second half. "We set up the tight defense for that. I think by next Friday night we'll be ready." Cottage Grove, 8-1, beat Sis- ters 41-20 Friday night and quar- terback Scotty Hitner was 17-for- 31 for 209 yards through the air. Running back Brian Spindler had 11 carries for 113 yards. The Li- ons are ranked fifth in the OSAA RPI 4A listing, while Sweet Home is llth. Nichol said this is one of the more anticipated match-ups the Huskies have had in recent years, particularly since both teams are undefetlted in league and have beaten common opponents by fair- ly comparable margins. "Coach (Gary) Roberts and I are pretty good friends and after the second game he's been texting me, telling me to keep winning so we could have a big finale at our place," he said. "I told him I'd bring a couple of generators so we can keep the lights on," he added, referring jok- ingly to a game three years ago when the stadium lights went out midway through a game with the Lions. The teams are "polar oppo- sites" in playing styles, he said. "They'll throw the ball 40 to 60 times a game," he said. Hitner, who transferred into the Lions' pro- gram last year, "changed the whole dynamics of their game plan." Nichol said Friday's game, which starts at 7 p.m. at Husky Sta- dium, may be a good tunezup for the playoffs, which will begin Nov. 1 with play-in games for the No. 2 teams from the Sky-Em, Cowapa, Oregon West, Tri-Valley, Far West and Skyline leagues, along with the highest-ranked No. 3 or hybrid league. The first round of bracket play will be held Nov. 9 and 10. "One of us will get some good momentum going into the play- offs," Nichol said. Players said they're ready for the match-up, but that they're con- fident that Sweet Home's pressure will pay off. "We'll have a good first half, I think," Melcher said. "I think they're going to give up in the sec- ond half. We have a lot of steam and we don't give up. We make the other team quit." "We need to work together and we can't come out fiat," Paulus said. "We need to come out on fire, ready to play ball tight away. If we play Husky football, they're going to break just like every other team we've beaten." Scoring Summary Sweet Home- 13 21 7 9--50 Junction City- 0 8 8 6--22 First quarter SH: Wade Paulus 5 run (kick failed) 8:59 SH: Jake Smith 3 run (Smith kick) 3:07 Second quarter SH: Mitch Keenon 10 pass from Cole Homer (kick failed) 4:55 JC: Bryon Brown 56 run (Brown run) 3:37 SH: Paulus 40 run (Keenon pass from Homer) 2:09 SH: .Keenon 50 pass from Homer (Smith kick) 0:02 Third quarter SH: Paulus 23 run (Smith kick) 9:20 JC: Safety 7:41 JC: Bryon Brown 85 run (run failed) 0:0 ! Fourth quarter JC: Joe Schacher 74-yard run (run failed) 9:37 SH: Kyler Gaskey 58 run (kick failed) 2:26 SH" Smith 24 field goal 0:19 Individual statistics Rushing: Sweet Home-Wade Paulus 27- 279; Kyler Gasky 11-124, Brandon Keenon 9-50; Jacob Smith 2-9; Trever Olson 1-2; Cole Homer 1- (-9); Total rushing 51-455. Junction City - Bryon Brown 13-182; Joe Schacher 9-107; Kanon Seitz 4-23; Cody Miller 2-(-5); Total rushing 28-307. Passing: Sweet Home - Cole Homer 7-9-0-99; Colton Holly 1-1-0-25. Junction City - Cody Miller 2-11-35; Bryon Brown 2-5-16. Receiving: Sweet Home- Keenon 6-114, Brycen Mitten 1-8, Colton Holly 1-5; Ash- ton Stutzman 1-5. Junction City - Bryon Brown 1-25; Joe Schacher 2-20.