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"The season was great, but we should have won the last one," was the way Coach Glen Weitz summed up the most successful season in Othello Huskie football his- tory this week. Weitz expressed disap- pointment over last Friday's season-ending loss to Sumner, but praised his gridders for a great effort and reported he is enthusiastically looking for- ward to another good team in 1975. "I feel if we had played as well as we had in past games we would have beaten them," Weitz said. "I hate to make excuses, but we had several factors against us in the game." The coach said he felt the long trip and the unfamiliar artifical turf were key factors. He noted that the "hump" in the center of the field also hampered the Huskie passing attack. "When you are used to working on fiat ground, going up and down hill does make a difference in your accuracy," he stated. "Kenny (Pecka) was also still bothered by his ankle and the blocking pro- bably wasn't as good as it has been at times." Key Play Weitz called the key play of the game, the third down pass which set up Sumner's win- ning touchdown. "We simply made a mistake on pass coverage and the line- backer failed to pick up the man in the fiat," he explained. The coach said the strong showing of the defense in the second half came partly from changes made at halftime. "We decided we had to really stunt and get them in their backfield, or we were in for lots more trouble," the coach explained. "It worked real well except on that last scoring drive." Season Stats In reviewing the season, Weitz noted that the Huskies made enormous gains over their showing of a year ago. They almost doubled their total offense, getting 3,295 yards compared to 1,670 last year. The team's goal was 3,200 yards in 10 games. The Huskies passed for 1,889 yards compared to 545 in 1973 and rushed for 1,406. Defensively the Huskies held their opponents to 1,016 yards rushing and 883 pas- sing. The big difference showed up in scoring with the Huskies rolling up 263 points com- pared with just 89 a year ago. Last year they gave up 192 compared to just 108 this year. Individuals Individually Pecka com- pleted 96 passes of 180 attempts for 1,587 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had just 11 passes - an average of one per game - intercepted. Senior Roger Beus was the leading receiver with a school record of 35 catches for 625 yards and five touchdowns. Other top catchers were Gary Peterson with 22 for 399 yards and six touchdowns, Richard Bisnett 20 for 219 yards and one score and Craig Stickel with nine for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Leading rushers were Mitch Buck with 356 yards in 106 carrfes, Peterson with 328 in 95 carries and Bisnett with 257 in 50 carries. Senior Kevin Stickel had.close to a 38 yard average punting for the season. Good '75 Prospects Weitz notes that the Hus- kies will have some key holes SWARMING DEFENSE - The Huskie defense moves in to make a tackle on Rusty Hannon of Sumner in action at Federal Way last Friday night. to fill next season, but is still expecting another top year from his squad. "We'll have most of our interior linemen back on offense, but except for Pecka lose all of our backs to gradu- ation. He explained that junior Brian Stickel and sophomores John Bliss and Craig Stickel will be counted on for key roles, along with reserve quarterback Todd Burton, who may be moved to an end position. On defense the Huskies will be hardest hit at linebacker with all three starters gradu- ating. Burton, Mark Mohs and Pete Lopez look like strong replacements there, with most of the defensive front and half of the backfield returning. FEDERAL WAY The an interception on the third repeated sacks in the Sumner Jon Calahan, AI Dellinger, bubble finally burst on a Othello pass of the game.backfield. Rob Johnson, Mark Mohs, brilliant 1974 football cam- Taking over at their own 48, After four straight punts Kevin Beus, Richard Bisnett, paign as the Othello Huskies the speedy Spartans took with neither team able to get Brian Stickel, Jim Holland, saw their hopes for a state advantage of off-tackle and a first down, the Huskies got Tim Prickett, Todd Burton, championship and a 12-0 outside burstsbyBrodyStohr another big break when a Dennis DeLoach, John Bliss, season vanish into the fog in a and Rusty Harmon to quickly roughing the kicker call put Craig Herbert, Rodney hard-fouslbt 21-14 loss to the .move down the field, them on the Sumner 37. Greene, Lorenzo Lopez, Jeff Sumner Spartans here last Despite a 15-yard penaltyHowever, a mis-handled cent- Fegert, Craig Stickel, Roland Friday night, against Sumner, the driveer snap gave the Spartans the Pk~y It was the case of a late-ms- took just 11 plays with ball right back and the to terializing, but outstanding Hannon scoring from the two. defense took over again. defensive effort unable to Curt Knapp's kick made it 7-0 compensate for a sputtering with 3:52 left in the first Field GoalMuffed and ineffective offense as the quarter. The game appeared headed Huskies battled a big, fast Hampered with poor field for overtime when a bad Sumner team down to the position, the scrambling Hus- center spoiled Sumner's at- Othello's best-ever 10-1 football squad took over th~ spotlight here Monday night as fall sports participants at Othello High School were honored for their perfor- mances of the past year. The ABC-sponsored desert event featured former Wash- ington State quarterback Ty Paine as the guest speaker. Paine, who is presently a member of the WSU coaching staff, presented a film on 1973 Cougar highlights. Highlight of the evening was the presentation of top football awards by Coach Glenn Weitz. Senior end Roger Beus, who broke all Huskie pass receiving re- cords, was named winner of the most inspirational honor, with the hustle and desire award going to junior center Danny Brown. Roger Nield, offensive tackle and line- backer,won the captains' award. Other Huskies singled out for honors were Danny Edson, outstanding defensive player; Kenny Pecka, out- standing offensive player; and Andy Lampe, most improved. Praise for Capps Weitz also had special praise for senior John Capps, who was injured in the third game of the year, pointing out that it was his desire and attitude that helped set spirit and team play of this year's squad. Other team members re- ceiving their letters were Gary Peterson, Mitch Buck, Brad Solbrack, Kevin Stickl, STOP FOR STICKEL - Safetyman Craig Stickei makes a stop on Sumner's Brody Stohr in action last Friday night. Cerrillo, Steven Hunt, Kevin Dave Boley got the "golden Klitzke, Mike Ferguson, boot" award. James Hunt, Alan Kottwitz, Other lettermen were Ran- Dan Moroles and David dy Britt, Scott Bliss, Bruce Shoup. Blackburn, Brian Blackburn, Managers awards went to Mark Egbert, Bob Harem, Brad Jones and Alan Sandar with Steve Dainard and David Huff honored as statisticians and Allen Nield receiving a participation award. Members of the freshman squad receiving certificates from Coach Mike Wyknenko were Doug DeLoach, Gary McCole, Stan Buck, Rick Zavaleta, Kevin Roberts, Paul Logan, Shawn Logan, Chuck Metcalf, Andy Nuno, Juan Medina, Doug Donahoo, Craig Solbrack, Steve Niblett, Chris Jones and Olle Hof- vander. Keith Forbes receiv- ed a participation award, with certificates also going to Sharon Calahan, Patty Berger and Faith Jiminez as team members. Dallas Sphar, Scott Bailey, Also honored during the Omar Medina, Armando evening were members of the Gomez, Jeff Solbrack, Mark girls' volleyball team which Kasinger, Ruben Martinez, posted a 3-2 record with Ricardo Martinez, Peter games against Eastmont, child, Steve Taylor, Johnny Ephrata and Wenatchee. Miller, Gary Fegert, Brad Given certificates by Coach Boersma and John Snyder. Betty Logan were team Cross Country members Debbie Hilmes, Kim HQnors for the cross Klitzke, Mary Pecks, Mitzi country team presented by Strader, Becky Swink, Patty Coach Wayne Schutte went to Taylor, Diane Johnson, Shah- Neff Gilbert as captain and non Davis, Heather Mc- Alan Moulton as most inspir- Donald, Kathy Yenney, Chris ational. John Bloom was Bos, Carol Yenney and Nancy named most improved and Pershall. minutes of the first half, the quickly grabbed the ball, Donald S. Galbreath, regional Othello offense could never Break for Tie sprinted back to his left and game biologist. really get untracked in the Othello tied it with just 20 barely over-threw Roger The weather ranged from game and was far off the seconds gone in the second Beus, who had open field in overcast to light rain with impressive form shown in the half on a key break. The front of him. some wind as hunters scored Pullman game. Noticeably Spartan deep .man finallyPecks then came back with quite well where dogs were hampered by the slippery dropped the kickoff aftera clutch fourth-down toss to used. Total checks showed surface and slope of the "juggling it on his shoulder" Beus at the Sumner 41, but about a half bird per man day artificial field, junior quarter- virtually all of the way across two plays later a Sumnerof hunting, which is about back Kenny Pecka, coming off field, and Danny Edson fell on interception ended the Hus- average for this period of the an outstanding performance it at the nine. After a kies' hopes, sqason, Galbreath reported. against Pullman, managed to five-yard procedure penalty, Othello Sumner There has definitely been a h complete just seven of 22Pecka found Peterson in the Yards rushing 42 150movement of northern ducks I} attempts and had three inter- left corner for the touchdown, Yards passing 135 42 into the Basin and there was cepted. ~ and Bisnett's kick tied it. Totalyards 177 192some pretty fair huriter Passes S-23~ 4-7-1 success in scattered areas The Huskies started ira- The Huskie defense then Firetdowns pressively with a pair of fwst took over, with Edson and Fumbles lost 1 especialy on Sunday. The downs, but then saw the Mark Mohs virtually stopping Penalties 11-1 440 light rain and some windy 341 E. MAIN Spartans' Pat Spooner pick off the Spartan offense cold with Punts 7~4 5-32conditions aided hunters. wire. , kie defense managed to stop tempt at a 43-yard field goal, Opening games are sche- Although disappointing for the next two Spartan threats, after the Spartans had failed duled for next Tuesday and a big contingent of local fans but then fell behind 14-0 as to move following a greatWednesday in the Community who had made the trip across Sumner got the ball on the break with an interception at Volleyball League, Director the mountains to follow their Huskie 45 despite a greatthe Othello 27. amazing Huskies, the game Kevin Stickel punt from deep However, Sumner suddenly Mike Lang reported this was still a good one as the in the endzone. ~ame tolife on the next series, week.He reported that seven per tire. Notrade needed.Blackwall size A78-13plus $1.80 F.E.T. Taking over at their own 43, teams are entered inthe Hundreds of Grip Edges Built Deep to Huskies never quit. Showing ScoreAgain the Spartans got a first down Tuesday league with six Handle Winter Driving. the outstanding team play This time it took the from Stohr and faced withscheduled to playin the Cross Cut Cleats Give Great Pulling undefeatedWhich had carriedregularthemseasontO an Spartans just four plays to third and 10 after a pair of Wednesday league. Power In Snow. and a quarter-final victory score with Stohr racing great defensive efforts by Games next Tuesday willbe 2 Body Plies of Polyester Cord. 2 Belt Plies around the right side from 15 Edson and Mobs connected on Jack's Bargain Barn vs. Lions of Fiberglass Cord. over Pullman, the Huskies yards- out. It was 14-0 with a clutch pass to Daryl Crook and Jaycees vs. Pilgrim No Thump, No Winter Flat Spots. were in it all of the way. 5:23 left in the half after at the 24. Stohr ripped off a After falling behind 14-0 in Knapp s kick. pair of big gainers and Crook Lutheran at 7 p,m. with Muscott playing the Air Base Sale Ends Saturday Night the early going as they were The Huskies hit their low then carried twice inside the at 8:30 p.m. Akins will have a attempting to get their point of the game as a clip on five to get the winning score first round bye. ~:,~,~:,~,~,mC,Dcm~,m4m4=,~4~ bearings and footing on the the kickoff put them clear with only 2:42 left. slippery Astro-truf, the back on their own nine. Gary Games on Wednesday will 2WAYS TO CHARGl~ Huskies rallied to tie it at Peterson and Richard Bisnett Last WildTry be Evergreen Implement vs. 14-14, and then let the managed to run their way for The Huskies valiently KRSC and Ochoa Farms vs. ~=~4~~~ Spartans "escape" with the a first down, then on second scrambled to get back into the School District at 7 p.m. The m' Gtj oo f z, Am victory on a touchdown with down they were suddenly game and in one of the wildest 8:30 p.m. contest will be Big 0 I only 2:42 left in the game. back in the game. Pecksplays seen all year, missed a vs. Petrolane. The victory now advances pitched across field to Pet- touchdown by inches. Faced Practice games were held Sumner int the AA finals ersn and the frmer quar" with third and 10 at their 39' in bth leagues this week' ()a llE;q,-t n this Friday against Shelton, terback found Craig Stickel the Huskies attempted the according to Lang. 6-0 overtime victor ovex dashing down the sideline. Pecka to Peterson to Stickel } Curtis in the other semi-final. The sophomore speedster play again. This time the first 2nd 0penin~_ .. ~IwA ~lri~dtrr~[- The Huskies, of course, will be gathered in the ball at the 50 pitch fell to the ground, play pulling for a Sumner victory, with his defender beaten by a stopped momentarily with which would give them a third step and then put on a great both teams thinking it was an Prossore tow ( place finish in the state event, move at the Sumner 20 to incompleted pass, and a Albu rt Offensive Problems take the ball in for the score, sumner player even picked up The second opening of the Except for one big play, The play covered 82 yards, the ball and tossed it toward pheasant season found light which put the Huskies back and Bisnett's kick made it 14-7 a referee. Suddenly realizing hunting pressure in the into the game in the closing at the half. what was going on, Pecka Columbia Basin, according to "Carols & Candlelight" - 15 great songs of Christmas by great artists of our time. Side 1: favorite carols; Side 2: romantic holiday music. The 1974-75 basketball sea- son will make its debut here next Tuesday when cagers from Othello High School and McFarland Junior High pre- sent their annual open house. Coach Daryl Preuninger, who trimmed his Huskie varsity down to 10 players this week, reported that the event is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and will feature lots of basketball action, along with a detailed explanation of rule changes. Activities will start with intra-squad action featuring the McFarland Mustang seventh and eighth grade teams. The. JVs will follow with the varsity to cap the event with an intra-squad game. Also featured will be a 25-minute program on rule changes to be shown by area official Roger Krug. "The program is designed to help the average fan have a better understanding of the game and its rules," Preun- inger said. "We also hope it will provide fans with a look at our teams for the coming season." Preuninger noted that freshmen, who won't be starting practice until next week under Coach Jay Kosik, won't be included. Following the open house, the cagers are scheduled for their first action in the Jamboree at Moses Lake on Dec. 3. Also competing in that event will be Moses Lake, Ephrata and Connell. The Huskies' first game will come on Dec. 6 against Royal. Squad Selected Preuninger, who has had practice sessions delayed by the long football season, reported that the squad appears pretty well set at 10 men. Included in the group are four seniors, three juniors and three sophomores. The seniors - all lettermen - are 5-11 Paul Stephens, 5-10 Pete Boyd, 6-4 Roger Nield and 6-1 Johnny Capps. 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