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BY Todd Britton



ASHLAND, Oregon - The Southern Oregon Raiders, a team which installed a new Shaw Sports Turf field this year, just reached the pinnacle of the NAIA by winning the championship game.

Prior to this season, the team had never advanced past the quarterfinals, but won the title this year by defeating the Marian Knights 55-31 in the championship game, played in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Raiders QB Austin Dodge threw for 429 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.  Those types of numbers are why Dodge was the NAIA National Player of the Year.

Raider Stadium now features a Shaw Sports Turf PowerBlade playing surface, which helped the team reach the championship game.

Constructed in 1983 at the cost of $1.55 million, Raider Stadium is home to SOU football, track, and women's soccer.  Considered one of the best small-college stadia in the West, the 4,000-seat complex features 1,000 covered grandstand seatbacks, excellent media facilities and a large concession stand.

Raider Stadium offers an excellent view of two prominent mountain ranges.  Northeast (from the main grandstand) are the foothills of the Cascade Range with the highest visible point being the 5,100-foot Grizzly Peak. Following Interstate 5 to the south is the Siskiyou Range that forms a geographic boundary between Oregon and California.  The stadium is 2,100 feet above sea level.

“We’re extremely proud that Southern Oregon University selected Shaw Sports Turf,” said Kevin Senf, Shaw Sports Turf Territory Manager.  “Now, they’ve become another in a long line of championship teams which play on the finest synthetic playing surface in the world.”

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