(Siuslaw’s Christian Newlan and Tim Lowder complete a sack in the backfield with back-up from Skyler Loomis. — photo by Ned Hickson)
Siuslaw: 00 00 00 08 — 08
Philomath: 00 21 12 00 — 33
The old adage “no pain, no gain” seems befitting of this year’s Siuslaw football team, which appears determined to gain a little more with each knock and bump on the field.
Friday’s home game against Philomath was a prime example of that determination from an underclassman-dominated line-up which, after experiencing success at the middle school level, is eager to bring that success to the varsity gridiron.
In its first two games — much like the season is likely to play out — Siuslaw has spent the first three quarters gutting things out before eventually putting those lessons together late in the game and finding success.
A week earlier, the Vikings were dominated by Elmira in a 68-point loss to the Falcons. Last Friday, Siuslaw cut that loss ratio to just 25 points, including holding The Warriors scoreless in the first and fourth quarters.
With the pain from the opening loss to Elmira came some obvious gain for Siuslaw.
While the Viks had found themselves trailing 49-0 just a few minutes into the second half in their season opener, against Philomath it was still a 0-0 tie until The Warriors went on a three-touchdown series just before the half — with two of those scores coming on a fumble recovery and interception.
Though Philomath was able to extend its lead by two more touchdowns early in the third period, the Vikings were able to keep moving as sophomore quarterback Elijah Blankenship carried the ball along with sophomore running back Skyler Loomis and freshman Camp LaCouture.
Eventually, Siuslaw’s determination paid off when the Vikings strung together a 14-play, 86-yard drive into the end zone with 1:10 left on the clock.
Blankenship breached the end zone for the conversion and final score of the game.
At 0-2, the Viks will wrap up the pre-season this Friday on the road at Newport, taking on the Cubs at 7 p.m.
Siuslaw will take off a week before opening the 3A Special District 2 season at Harrisburg High School on Friday, Sept. 28.
Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Viks’ next home game will be Oct. 5, when Siuslaw hosts Santiam Christian.