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Raiders will return to Ashland High gridiron

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University’s first football game in 31 years at Ashland High’s Phillips Field went so well that the Raiders have decided to make themselves at home there again on Sept. 20.

That’s when 22nd-ranked SOU (2-0 overall, 1-0 Frontier Conference) is scheduled to play its second home game at 1 p.m. against College of Idaho.

Despite substantial progress being made in recent days, SOU does not anticipate that the Raider Stadium Artificial Turf/Track Project will be completed by then.

The Raiders are on the road this Saturday at Eastern Oregon. They’ll make their Raider Stadium debut during SOU Hall of Fame Weekend on Oct. 11 against Montana Western.

The Raiders hadn’t played at Phillips Field since 1983 until Saturday’s 38-35 win against second-ranked Carroll.

“Ashland High and (athletic director) Karl Kemper are outstanding hosts, and the response from our fans was so good the first time that it makes sense to return to AHS if we can’t be on our own home field,” SOU athletic director Matt Sayre said.

The Sept. 20 game will mark SOU’s first matchup with College of Idaho on the gridiron since 1968.

The Coyotes, like SOU, are members of the Cascade Conference in every other sport but were admitted to the Frontier Conference for football when their program was resurrected this season. They picked up their first win in 37 years on Saturday, 35-34 at Pacific.

Tickets for that contest are available now at souraiders.com/tickets.