Vikings bitten by Tigers, 34-48

Siuslaw's Braydon Thornton eludes a Tigers defender during last Friday's home loss to Junction City. (Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

On Friday (April 2), the Vikings hosted Junction City for their final league game of the season. Despite a heavy push in the fourth quarter, Siuslaw was unable to catch up to the Tigers, losing 34-48.

Siuslaw came out strong in the opening series, with Elijah Blankenship scoring a touchdown off of a five-yard run less than a minute and a half into the first quarter but came up short on the extra point. The Tigers responded and, in as much time, scored a touchdown themselves. However, Junction City’s PAT was good, putting the Tigers ahead 7-6 with 8:55 left in the first quarter.

Soon after, Junction City scored another touchdown on a 79-yard pass, then scored the PAT. The Tigers would score once more in the quarter, breaching the end zone with 5 seconds left to move ahead 21-6.

In the second quarter, the Vikings’ Skyler Loomis scored a touchdown off of a six-yard run, with Loomis also securing a two-point conversion and bringing the score to 21-14 less than three minutes into the period. Unfortunately, the Tigers were able to answer in kind, scoring two more touchdowns by halftime and taking a 34-14 lead.

Coming back in the third quarter, after a turnover from the Tigers, Rhys Fleming caught an eight-yard pass from Blankenship and brought the score to 32-20. This was again met by two additional touchdowns from the Tigers, making it 48-20 entering the fourth quarter.

The Vikings were able to hold the Tigers for the entire period, plus also score early in the quarter when Braydon Thornton caught an eight-yard pass from Camp Lacouture — who also kicked the extra point. Loomis then had another touchdown, this time on a five-yard run and, following the PAT from Lacouture, the Vikings cut their deficit to 14.

However, it was as close as Siuslaw would get to catching the Tigers, who went on to win it, 34-48.

The Vikings play their last game of the season this Friday, at home against Sutherlin, beginning a 7 p.m.