The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Football preview: Young Huskies likely to be big contributors on this year’s team


August 30, 2016

VARSITY AND JV FOOTBALL team members are, in front, from left, Dan Virtue, Hayden Nichol, Nathaniel Williams and Colton Smith. In second row, from left, are Nathan Virtue, Austin Jones, Caden Knight, Austin Sills, Nick Marler, Keegan Holly, Eric Blanchard, Connor Russell, Christian Morris, Michael Guidry, Hayden McDonald and Lance Hanson. In third row, from left, are Austin Olin, John Lynn, Boe Baxter, Manager Caitlyn Jiminez, Assistant Coach Nathan Whitfield, Assistant Coach Ryan Graville, Head Coach Dustin Nichol, Assistant Coach Cole Horner, Assistant Coach Jay Horner, Manager Kat Kinker, Noah Moore,, Austin Griffin and Kelton Gaskey. In the rear, from left, are Domenic Tuttle, Jake Swanson, Gabe Glynn, Justin Miller, Levi Baird, Josh Rice, Jake Porter, Bryce Coulter, Blake Keeney, Damion Shocker, Lee Baltezore and Austin Taylor.

Anyone who knows sports is aware of the fact that numbers often don’t tell the whole story.

That’s good news for the Sweet Home football team, which returns eight seniors from a team that went 4-5 last year, including a play-in loss to Marshfield.

Yep, eight.

Gone are First-Team All-League running back and linebacker Brandon Keenon, who piled up 144 yards a game for the Huskies last year, offensive lineman Gavin Baskin and linebacker Garrison Whitfield, Second-Team quarterback Justin Tow, tight end Tyler Pelbuch, receiver and defensive back Jesus Patricio, and defensive lineman Georg...

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