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Huskies kick off football season Friday against Redmond


August 27, 2013

Brycen Mitten blocks a pass thrown by Horner as Ben Terry, right, watches.

Sweet Home’s football team will open its 2013 campaign at 7 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 30, against Redmond, a team that Husky Coach Dustin Nichol expects to give his players a serious workout on their own turf.

The Panthers beat Sweet Home 35-0 at Redmond in both teams’ opener last year in a game dominated by a team loaded with veterans against a Husky squad that was missing all-league lineman Zach Gill and eventual league MVP running back Wade Paulus for much of the contest.

But that was then and this is now.

“Last year they graduated 31 seniors,” Nichol said. “They were really good last year.”

Redmond finished 11-1, losing in the 5A semifinals, but the Panthers graduated 31 seniors and this year’s team only has five.

“They have a lot of juniors and sophomores who will be playing,” Nichol said.

Sweet Home has eight returning seniors and a plethora of younger players who were in the rotations last fall and come in with game experience.

QUARTERBACKS Cole Horner, center, and Cole Ashcraft, left, work on their dropbacks during practice last week.

The Huskies spent three days early in the summer at a football camp at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. and came away with confidence after finishing second in a team competition there against 11 other schools.

“These were schools comparable to 3A to 5A schools in Oregon,” Nichol said. “Going that camp was pretty serious. That camp let the kids put their own stamp on Husky football. They came away with some confidence in what they can achieve.”

Despite their graduation losses, the Panthers are still picked eighth in the 5A preseason poll.

“They’re not the powerhouse team they were last year, but they’re going to be a really good football team,” Nichol said. “A below-average team in the 5A is a really good 4A team. They will be a very big challenge.


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