Huskies play blue-collar football to roll over Stayton, 26-6

Sean McLean

For The New Era

A few days before Sweet Home took on longtime rival Stayton, head coach Rob Younger emphasized how his team needed to get off to a better start unlike the previous two games.

With an opening-drive touchdown in both halves, the mission was accomplished.

Marcus DeLong’s one-yard touchdown run just six minutes into the game gave the Huskies a quick 6-0 lead that they would not relinquish in a 26-6 victory over the Eagles.

“Our goal tonight was to have a good start in each of the halves and start executing with consistency,” Younger said. “We had some goals all this week and they came out and they executed.”

Amos Parmenter carried the majority of the game for the Huskies, plowing his way to his first 100-yard game of his short career at running back. In just his third game at the position since switching from playing on the defensive side of the football, he would go to rush for 106 yards on 23 carries.

In the second quarter, he helped carry the load by running his way into Eagle territory on two big runs of 18 and nine yards. His running would help set up the Huskies second score of the game. On a third-and-five from the Eagles’ 30, Sweet Home quarterback Ryan Graville hit wide receiver Kevin McGuyre on a beautiful over-the-shoulder grab between two defenders for the touchdown. A successful two-point conversion would give the Huskies a convincing 14-0 lead heading into the break.

“Amos just keeps getting better and better with each game,” Younger said. “He sprained his ankle early in the game, but he is a tough kid that stayed in there, and our offensive line just dominated up front and he started to see some holes.”

As commanding as the offense was for Sweet Home, the defense was just as impressive. Although the Eagles moved the ball at times, the Huskies were there to put an end to many drives. They would stop Stayton an astonishing four times on fourth down tries, including three in Sweet Home territory, which would prove to be a huge factor in the outcome of the game, according to Younger.

“I thought our defense just had an outstanding night tonight,” Younger said. “They had some big stops, and they played team defense, which is what we want to do out there.”

While Stayton would get the ball to start the half, the Eagles’ chances of getting back into the game were shot on the kickoff. A fumble deep in Stayton territory set up a six-yard touchdown run by Parmenter, giving the Huskies a 20-0 lead. With the way the Sweet Home defense was performing, it would put the game out of reach for the reeling Eagles.

The Huskies scored their final points of the game early in the fourth quarter, with Parmenter scoring again from two yards out. A shutout for Sweet Home was taken away on the game’s last play, as Stayton finally capitalized on a fourth-down play. Eagle quarterback Robert Julio connected with wide receiver Luke Loberg from 11 yards out to get them on the scoreboard just in time.

Despite missing a shutout by just one play, Younger believed in didn’t really matter.

“I thought coach (Dave) Younger did a great job getting them into the right defense,” Rob Younger said. “The kids just went in there and made the plays, and that was key for us, especially on those fourth down stops.”

While the running game continued to be strong for the Huskies, its passing game had its best performance this season. Graville had many key passes during the game, and in the end, completed eight of 10 for 103 yards and a touchdown. McGuyre led all Sweet Home receivers with 49 yards on three catches.

An all-around defense had many strong performers, led by Ben Brewer with eight tackles, while Brock Cota added seven and Steve Jones and Josh Riggs had six, respectively.

“We played very physical tonight, and I thought our tackling was much better, and that is what we worked on all week,” Younger said.

With its first win of the season, Sweet Home will now continue on into the tough non-conference with another long road trip to Tillamook this Friday night. They are coming off a 32-21 loss to Estacada, the team that beat the Huskies in overtime the previous week. The Cheesemakers are 0-3 on the year with previous losses to Hidden Valley (28-0) and Central (42-14).

1st 2nd 3rd 4th F

Stayton 0 0 0 6 6

Sweet Home 6 8 6 6 26

1st Quarter

SHHS: Marcus Delong 1 yd. run (kick failed)

2nd Quarter

SHHS: Kevin McGuyre 29 yd. pass from Ryan Graville (Delong pass from Graville)

3rd Quarter

SHHS: Amos Parmenter 6 yd. run (kick failed)

4th Quarter

SHHS: Parmenter 2 yd. run (kick failed)

Stayton: Luke Loberg 11 yd. pass from Robert Julio

Team Stats

Rushing: SHHS 45-188; Stayton, 32-151

Passing: SHHS 8-10, 103; Stayton 9-17, 90

Total Yards: SHHS 280; Stayton 228

First Downs: SHHS 15, Stayton 14

3rd/4th Down Conversion: SHHS 7-13; Stayton 4-15

Penalties: SHHS 10-75, Stayton 12-89

Sacks: SHHS 3-13; Stayton 1-11

Individual Stats

Rushing

SHHS: Parmenter 23-106; Ward 5-34; Graville 6-25 Delong 8-21; Moyer 2-4; Bidwell 1-(-2)

Stayton: McGrath 9-56; Norton 3-45; Porter 10-31

Passing

SHHS: Graville 8-10, 103

Stayton: Day 9-17, 90

Receiving

SHHS: McGuyre 3-49; Delong 3-31; Riggs 1-17; Parmenter 1-6

Stayton: Loberg 4-32; Church 2-21

Punting

SHHS: Delong 2-59, 29.5

Stayton: Bowers 2-74, 37

Kickoffs

SHHS: Gutierrez: 5-193, Net 32; Stayton: 1-35, Net 27

Kickoff Returns

SHHS: Riggs 1-8; Stayton 5-33, 2 fumbles

Fumble Recovery: SHHS: Horn

Tackles: SHHS: Brewer 8, Cota 7, Jones 6, Riggs 6

– Statistics reported by Ken Roberts

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