Nov. 30, 2019 — Despite finishing third in the Special District 2-north league and going 6-4 overall (3-2 in league), Siuslaw’s overall two-season win percentage of .300 was well short of the .667 percentage required for the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) to bump a team up a classification.
The decision was made earlier this month on Nov. 18 during the OSAA’s Football Ad Hoc Committee meeting. It was the committee’s 11th meeting on the subject, with the committee voting to move Hidden Valley back into the 4A classification beginning in fall 2020 football season.
The Mustangs were the last team Siuslaw played this past season, during the opening round of the 3A state playoffs — with the Vikings falling to the undefeated (12-0) Mustangs 40-12.
Siuslaw was one of three 4A schools, along with Corbett (.286) and Madras (.588), which failed to meet the two-year winning percentage needed to restore their football programs back to 4A classification.
By comparison, Hidden Valley’s two-year winning percentage was .765.
Six current 4A schools will have to decide by Dec. 2 if they want to have their football programs play down a classification in 2020, based on their two-year winning percentage. Among them are Junction City (.067), McLoughlin (.091), Molalla (.200), Philomath (.143), Phoenix (.143) and Sisters (.214).
This past season, Siuslaw beat both Philomath (28-19) and McLoughlin (48-46) en route to a 6-4 record overall. In 2018, Siuslaw was winless at 0-5, 0-8).
Depending on what the six teams on the OSAA classification bubble decide next week, the Special District 2-north League could see some changes next fall.