Siuslaw: 42 Newport: 20
Sept. 25, 2019 — Viking football entered into a new phase last Friday as they hosted the Newport Cubs for the Viks' second win in three games.
Head coach Sam Johnson stated last week that the Newport game would be a “special week” for Siuslaw fans, comparing the rivalry between the two schools to Oregon vs. Oregon State.
“It’s two schools that don’t have a whole lot of love for each other. They have a whole lot of respect, but not a whole lot of love. It’s a battle of the coast,” Johnson said.
The first shot of the battle was taken by the Vikings just a few minutes into the game, when quarterback Elijah Blankenship made a 32-yard pass to Braydon Thornton for the game’s first touchdown. Just two minutes later, Blankenship again passed to Thornton for another touchdown.
But the Cubs clawed their way back, scoring two touchdowns with just seven, and then four minutes left in the quarter, respectively. Due to the Viks’ failure to score the conversion, coupled with the Cubs’ two successful PATs, the Viks ended the first quarter trailing 12 to 14.
Siuslaw answered back, completely shutting out the Cubs during the second quarter as the Viks marched their way into the endzone for two more touchdowns — ending the half with a 24-14 lead.
The Viks continued to dominate during the third quarter, again shutting out the Cubs while also adding another trip into the end zone with seven minutes remaining in the period.
With about 30 seconds left the fourth quarter, Blankenship scored on a short run.
The Cubs tried to battle back, scoring on an 8-yard-pass with 2:46 remaining, only to have Siuslaw’s Camp Lacouture score on a 41-yard pass to Thornton with just 34 seconds on the clock — securing the win, 42-20.
Siuslaw’s will return to the gridiron this Saturday, Sept. 28, at Madras High School to take on McLoughlin/Griswold in a rare afternoon game beginning at 4 p.m.
The Viks return to their home field to host Harrisburg on Friday, Oct. 4, when Siuslaw opens the league season against the Eagles.