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Football: With veterans gone, younger leaders will need to show the way


September 4, 2019

VARSITY FOOTBALL team members are, in front, from left, Kyle Marler, Peyton Ullrich, Preston Ullrich, Owen Towry, Austin Marler, Zach Luttmer, Cole Baxter, Tye Moore, Brayden Newport, Travis Thorpe, Aiden Tyler and Cade Gaskey. In the second row, from left, are Assistant Coach Nathan Whitfield, Assistant Coach Ryan Adams, Tucker Weld, Keegan Fox, Kolton Ertsgaard, Taylor Moore, Larson Smith, Isaac Schaffer, Kai Bryson, Jackson Royer, Gavin Nichols, Ryan Huss, Head Coach Dustin Nichol, Assistant Coach Jay Horner and Assistant Coach Brent Gaskey. In the rear, from left, are Jesse Burford, Paul Glynn, Jake Fanning, Iakona Howerton, Camden Free, David McMullen, Sevin Carson, Trevor Carr, Alex Justice, Brock Nichols, Marc Kanngiesser and Dax Ballinger.

With last year's veterans largely departed, Sweet Home's football team, this year, will be ... whatever his players decide they will be, Coach Dustin Nichol says.

The Huskies finished their season in 2018 in the first round of the 4A state playoff with a 33-15 loss to Marist, after running the table to take home the league championship in their first season in the Oregon West Conference.

Gone are 14 seniors who provided the core of that team, but Nichol welcomes back a slew of returnees – 60 percent of last year's varsity, who got experience, mostly in backup roles, last season. Now it'...

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