(Photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)
Siuslaw finishes with 31-26 victory
It was a long-time coming, at the very end of what was almost winless season for the Vikings football team last Friday at Brookings-Harbor.
With both teams coming into the matchup at 0-4 in the Far West League and 0-7 overall, it was an opportunity to end the season on a high note — and Viking seniors Jared Brandt and Trent Reavis served as composer and conductor for an upbeat swan song.
Not only did the game mark the final contest of the regular season and the Viks’ only win, it also represented the final football game of the Far West League, which will dissolve next year following the Oregon Schools Activities Association’s (OSAA) final approval of the new 6-classification system — along with 4A Sky-Em and 3A Umpqua River Conferences, with Siuslaw moving to the Sky-Em in 2018.
So the Vikings’ win was a particularly sweet note, in a game that was hard-fought.
Brandt connected on four touchdown passes in the game, including three to Reavis and one to freshman Elijah Blankenship. Reavis also nabbed a pick and returned it for a score to help Siuslaw outscore the Bruins for the final win, 31-26.
Next season, Siuslaw will join current 4A teams Marshfield, Cottage Grove, Junction City and Elmira in the Sky-Em, along with Marist, which will drop down from the 5A in 2018.
In this year’s first round of post season play, Newport will play at Phoenix, Crook County will be at Sweet Home, Elmira will play at Banks, Molalla is at La Grande, Junction City will be at Henley, Stayton is at South Umpqua, Astoria plays at Estacada, and North Bend will play at Cascade.
Cottage Grove, Scappoose, Marshfield, Mazama, Seaside, Ontario, Gladstone and North Marion all received byes in the first round after winning their leagues outright.
Of those teams continuing into the post season, four will be competing in the Sky-Em with Siuslaw next season.