Photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News
Siuslaw opened its football season at home Friday, taking on Elmira in what turned out to be a bruiser for the Viks, whose air miles weren’t able to overcome the Falcon’s ground game.
Quarterback Jared Brandt went a respectable 11-for 19 from the pocket for 122 yards, with catches from Trent Reavis, Quincy Rusk, Skyler Loomis and Mason Wampler.
But Falcons runningbacks Brady Nagel and Kain Caudell negated the Viks’ air attack, scoring five touchdowns on 298 combined rushing yards — including a 60-yard TD from Nagel on the Falcon’s first drive.
Caudell scored twice in the second quarter, with Nagel putting Elmira ahead 28-0 by halftime.
Brandt was the Vikings’ leading rusher with 47 yards on 11 carries, while Reavis was the top receiver with six catches for 68 yards as Siuslaw eventually fell 50-0.
Rusk had 29 yards on two receptions for Siuslaw, with Loomis nabbing a pair of catches for 15 yards, and Wampler claiming a 10-yard reception against Elmira.
On the ground, Siuslaw gained a total of 91 yards on carries from Brandt, Rusk and Loomis.
The Falcons had 392 yards rushing.
The Vikings will be on their home field again this Friday to take on Pleasant Hill in another nonleague matchup.
The Billies will come into Friday’s game following a 41-13 loss to Dayton last week.
In other Far West League matchups, North Bend slipped by Astoria, 21-20; South Umpqua fell to Mazama, 46-20; Douglas lost to Valley Catholic, 29-22; and Marshfield clobbered Cascade, 48-19.
Friday’s game against Pleasant Hill kicks off at 7 p.m. at Hans Petersen Field.