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:11= - October 31,201.2 Page 9 000000000000 By Scott Swanson "Against better teams we can't do that." Of The New Era With both teams undefeated in league For Josh Wooley, the finale of Friday's play coming in, the fans responded, over- football game against Cottage Grove pro- flowing both the home and visitors stands. vided a punctuation mark to a season of per- "It's been a long time since we've had sonal disappointment but one that has been a a crowd this excited," longtime local youth red-letter year for the Huskies. coach Dick Reynolds observed on the side- With Sweet Home leading the Lions 42- line midway through the third quarter. 34 with the league title on the line, Wooley, Things got off to a rough start for Sweet a senior running back who has been forced Home when the Lions' Brian Spindler re- to sit out most of the season with a serious turned the opening kickoff 65 yards for a knee injury, got the call to take over at quar- touchdown to spot the visitors a quick 7-0 terback for the final four plays as the Huskies lead: ran outtheclock. But the Huskies responded with a All he had to do was handle the snap and lengthy drive that included two big pass kneel down, but for Wooley and the Huskies, completions from quarterback Cole Homer it was a fitting end to the game that secured to Mitch Keenon, the first on a fourth-and- 10 their first league championship since 2004. and the second a two-yard toss for a tying "It was just a dream, because that's my touchdown. last play," Wooley said. "That meant every- "It was back and forth all night," Homer thing." said. "They did something big and we would The rest of the game game was a barn- respond right back. I think we did a great job burner, as two very diverse offensive teams of keeping our composure." rolled up a total of 901 yards, Cottage Grove Nichol said his team's resilience in ad- mostly through the air and Sweet Home on versity was one of the positives from the the ground. The Huskies also had to fight game. back from some mistakes - particularly an "Never at any time on the sideline or opening kickoff return for a Lions touch- on the field did our guys not think they were down and a fumble one play away from a going to win this game," he said. "They are touchdown for Sweet Home, which finished never out of any football game they are in." , 7-2 overall and 5-0 in league. That initial scoring drive was followed "I think we made it a little closer than we by a second touchdown, on a 38-yard run by needed it to be," Coach Dustin Nichol said. Wade Paulus after the Huskies recovered an Photo by Scott Swanson Mitch Keenon hauls in a touchdown pass over Cottage Grove's Tanner Gates as Quinn Wise, right watches. onside kick to get another opportunity and tying touchdown as the quarter wound down led 14-7 with four minutes left. to make it 14-all. - But Cottage Grove went to the air, quar- terback Scotty Hitner hitting Spindler for a See Football, page 13 Jakob Hiett winsdistrict XC title; girls keep state streak alive By Scott Swanson for the district title. Rasmussen PR," Snow said. "That was just Of The New Era settled for second in 20:28, with short of what he ran at the Country Sweet Home sophomore Ja-senior Paige Sanders close behind Fair last week (16:27) on a faster kob Hiett had never beaten Sisters in fifth (21: 12). course." junior Brandon Pollard prior to "It feels good to be back, run- He said Hiett held back at Thursday's Sky-Em district cross- ning 5Ks again," said Rasmussen, the beginning of the race, which country meet at Lane Community who said competitions in North helped him avoid running out of College, but he picked a great time Dakota were 4000 meters. "It was gas. to change that. fun running with Zoe. Competi- "He went out at reasonable Hiett left Pollard behind with tion is fun. It stinks that I didn't do pace and didn't worry about where less than a mile to go in the 5-ki- as well. If I had been working out we were at in the first mile," Snow lometer race and pulled away to all season, I would have done bet- said. "I don't know if running win the district title in what was ter. But I was glad I could come alongside Brandon played with nearly a personal-record time for back and help the team." Brandon's head at all. Brandon's a him, 16:37, on a course that was Coach Billy Snow said the real good runner. But when it came significantly slower than others Huskies "ran well, especially the to push and shove, Jakob made it the two have competed om girls. We kind of set out some strat- look easy. He looked very com- On the girls side, the Huskies egy. The big thing was not having fortable with what he was doing. clinched their fourth straight berth them go out as hard has they have He doesn't have that real good leg in the state championships with a been going out. They were fading turnover rate, but he looked pretty second-place finish behind lead in the late stages. (The new strat- awesome." runner Nicole Rasmussen, whose egy) worked well for them."Hiett said he "dropped like a lack of training from a move to Senior Daniel Danforth rock" on the second downhill of and then back from "North Dakota surged past three opponents in the the course and "just hung on. was evident as she was unable to final quarter mile to clinch an indi- "Just before the end of the sec- keep up with Shsters' Zoe Falk vidual state berth, placing fifth, ond mile, when we were running (19:59), whom she beat last year "Jakob was real close to a downhill, 1 thought he sounded The Husky girls, led by Nicole Ramussen, right, head out from the start of the district championship race Thurs- day. Visible behind Rasumussen are, from right, Paige Sanders, Sierra Swanson, Hailey Hummer (behind No. 54), Tashana Mithen and Kayla Daniels. Photos by Scott Swanson Jakob Hiett crosses the finish line well out in first place to win the district title. Hiett is congratulated by Nick Hall, left, a SHHS alum who was the boys winner last year and now runs for Lane Community College, where the district meet was held. more tired than I was," he said. "I ter putting all its scorers in the top stuck to the coaches' plan to stay 10. Sweet Home was third with with Brandon for the first part. 80 points. Even if he's faster, he would come The Hawks looked like they back to me. Our pace was about wanted it - after a dearth of team the same, so I stuck with him." appearances at state - and they ran Snow said he wasn't certain straight to the front of the pack going into the race that Danforth and held on. would be able to qualify for state, "We might have been able to but "given his year and every- do better, but when La Pine took thing, that's pretty good for him to off like they did that was it," Snow be able to do that." said. "There was no way we were Danforth said that when he going to catch them. Their strategy hit the LCC track for the final 300 looked like they were just going to meters with a pair of La Pine run- " get out and see what happened. ners, "I didn't want to disappoint We didn't have enough miles be- the team. I had to try my hardest. It hind us to run that kind of race." was a less physical race, a lot more Ian Wingo was third for the mental. 'Do I want to do whatev- boys, placing 21st (19:32) and er it takes, or do I not, to get one David Johnson, .running with more point for the team?'" an injured hip, still managed a La Pine's boys bunched all 13-second PR to place 25th in five of their scorers among the top 19:44. Nick Mattson finished 16 placers for 50 points, behind Sisters, which finished with 30 af- See XC, page 14