Fourth-quarter rally by Vikings falls short

Junction City senior quarterback Riley Sangermano fired four touchdown passes and ran for another Friday as the visiting Tigers outscored the Siuslaw Vikings, 48-34, in a 3A football game at Hans Petersen Field.

Siuslaw, 2-3, closes its season this coming Friday when the Vikings host Sutherlin in a Culminating Week game. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Junction City, 4-1, will play Elmira on Thursday at a neutral site yet to be announced.

The Vikings had all the offense and spunk needed to post another win, but could not overcome some defensive mistakes.

In the first half alone, the 6-foot-3 Sangermano connected on TD passes of 64, 79, 9 and 18 yards and junior Gabe Ward shredded the Vikings defense on a 77-yard touchdown gallop as the Tigers built a 34-14 lead.

Siuslaw took advantage of a Tiger turnover to cut the lead to 34-20 four minutes into the second half, but Junction City responded with a 9-yard TD run by Ward and a 1-yard TD run by Sangermano for a 48-20 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Vikings slashed the lead to 14 points with two quick TDs in the fourth, the first on a pass of 8 yards from Camp Lacouture to Braydon Thornton and the second on a Loomis run of 5 yards with 7:21 to play.

Siuslaw seemed to be back in the game, but the Tigers ran out the clock on the ensuing drive.

The two teams unofficially combined for nearly 900 yards in total offense, Siuslaw with 80 plays for 424 yards and Junction City 48 plays for 471.

The Vikings rushed 51 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns, the Tigers 37 times for 227 and two TDs.

Loomis had 21 carries for 94 yards and two TDs, Lacouture 16 for 87 and Blankenship 14 for 63 and a TD. Ward led the Tigers with 18 carries for 171 yards and a TD.

Siuslaw was 11 for 29 passing for 180 yards, with Blankenship 9 for 24 for 163 and a TD. Sangermano was 9 for 11 for 215 yards, going 6 for 6 for 174 yards in the first half.

Vikings junior Braydon Thornton had 6 catches for 118 yards and a TD, 

JUNCTION CITY  21  13  14   0 —  48
SIUSLAW             6     8    6   14 — 34
First quarter
Siuslaw — Elijah Blankenship 5-yard run (run failed), 10:34
Junction City — Gabe Ward 64-yard pass from Riley Sangermano (Trenton Snader kick), 8:55
Junction City — Colby Evans 79-yard pass from Riley Sangermano (Trenton Snader kick), 4:28
Junction City — Nick White 9-yard pass from Riley Sangermano (Trenton Snader kick), :05
Second quarter
Siuslaw — Skyler Loomis 6-yard run (Skyler Loomis run), 9:42
Junction City — Nick White 18-yard pass from Riley Sangermano (kick failed), 6:37
Junction City — Gabe Ward 77-yard run (Trenton Sander kick), 2:44
Third quarter
Siuslaw — Rhys Fleming 8-yard pass from Elijah Blankenship (run failed), 8:17
Junction City — Gabe Ward 9-yard run (Trenton Snader kick), 5:15
Junction City — Riley Sangermano 1-yard run (Trenton Snader kick), 3:30
Fourth quarter
Siuslaw — Braydon Thornton 8-yard pass from Camp Lacouture (Camp Lacouture kick), 10:41
Siuslaw — Skyler Loomis 5-yard run (Camp Lacouture kick), 7:21

Unofficial individual
PASSING — Junction City, Riley Sangermano 9-11-0-215, 4 TDs. Siuslaw, Elijah Blankenship 9-24-0-163, 1 TD; Beau Erickson 1-4-0-9; Camp Lacouture 1-1-0-8, 1 TD.
RUSHING — Junction City, Gabe Ward 18-171, 1 TD; Riley Sangermano 12-34, 1 TD; Brett McKee 6-20; Colby Evans 1-2. Siuslaw, Skyler Loomis 21-94, 2 TDs; Camp Lacouture 16-87; Elijah Blankenship 14-63, 1 TD.
RECEIVING — Junction City, Colby Evans 2-97, 1 TD; Gabe Ward 2-62, 1 TD; Nick White 4-50, 2 TDs; Chase Emanuel 1-7. Siuslaw, Braydon Thornton 6-118, 1 TD; Camp Lacouture 4-54; Rhys Fleming 1-8, 1 TD.