April 3, 2019 — With a record of 0-8 at the end of last season following its switch to the 3A, the Viking football team may be looking at playing down at the 2A level once its current classification ends in 2020.
That possibility will be among other topics up for discussion at next week’s Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Delegate Assembly meeting April 8 in Wilsonville.
Siuslaw was one of four schools in the 4A classification that was allowed to play down at the 3A level for football last fall, along with Madras, Corbett and Hidden Valley. But with a winless season and a ranking of 29th out of 29 schools, delegates may consider another bump after the current two-year classification ends after the 2020 football season.
At 1-8 last season, Corbett will likely be part of the discussion to consider a 2A re-classification starting in 2021, along with Siuslaw.
“This group has already created criteria that allowed some football programs to play down a classification based on previous results,” reads the Football Ad Hoc Committee agenda, which suggested the committee examine whether programs that haven’t met success after playing down a classification should be moved down once again in 2021.
Should Siuslaw move into a 2A classification, it would likely move into 2A Special District 4 along with Coquille, Bandon, Toledo, Gold Beach/Pacific and Reedsport — a division that harkens back to the Coast League of the 1970s.
But in his second year as head coach of the Vikings, Chad Smith could return all but five seniors from last season, as well as inherit a group of middles school players that had a highly successful season for Siuslaw Middle School in 2018.