SOU adds 10th game to football schedule

Southern Oregon added a 10th game to its 2010 football schedule recently, a second date with Menlo.

The Raiders and Oaks have added a Nov. 6 game to be played at Atherton, Calif. The two teams already were scheduled to meet Sept. 25 in Ashland, SOU's home opener.

With the 10 games, the Raiders now have six games against NAIA foes: SOU will face Eastern Oregon (Aug. 28), Simon Fraser (Sept. 11), Menlo twice, Azusa Pacific (Oct. 30) and Northwestern Oklahoma State (Nov. 13).

Menlo has moved back to NAIA football this year after spending the last few years playing in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Simon Fraser will move to the NAIA this year before fully joining the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Conference in the next couple years.

SOU's non-NAIA schedule consists of NCAA Division III opponents Willamette (Sept. 18) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (Oct. 16) and NCAA Division II programs Western Oregon (Oct. 2) and Central Washington (Oct. 9).

The Raiders' schedule is missing longtime rivals Linfield and Humboldt State, both of which backed out of prior commitments to play during the 2010 season.


Sweet Home High School standout Brock Crocker has signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at Southern Oregon next year.

Crocker is coming off a senior season in which he won the Oregon 4A state championship at 152 pounds.

"Brock wrestled in one of the toughest weight classes in the state this year," SOU head coach Mike Ritchey said. "We like wrestlers that come from traditionally strong programs like Sweet Home, which is a wrestling community."

Crocker is a four-time state place and finished with a career record of 151-30 and 77 pins. He also helped lead his team to the Oregon Classic title this past year. Crocker picked SOU over NAIA rival Great Falls (Mont.), thanks to its strong tradition and some alums with Sweet Home connections. Tomas Rosa, a team captain this past year, is a Sweet Home alum and is moving back to the community to coach next year. Sweet Home assistant coach Kyle Temple was also helpful in the process.

During his high school career, Crocker finished second in the state in both freestyle and Greco wrestling.

Crocker graduated high school with a 3.25 GPA and will major in psychology at SOU.

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