Vikings poised to rewrite their record book


The Siuslaw Vikings football record book hasn't been updated since 2015. It's likely to be rewritten this season.

Siuslaw football coach Sam Johnson says the Vikings' record book is being updated.

Under Johnson, with his up-tempo offense, it also may be rewritten.

In only his second game as head coach, Johnson has a record-breaking quarterback in junior Elijah Blankenship.

Friday, Blankenship rewrote the record for passing yardage in a single game, slinging the ball 32 times for 318 yards in a 28-19 comeback victory at Philomath.

Until then, Gabe Haberly held the record of 307 yards, which he reached twice in the 2004 season, against La Pine and Elmira.

Haberly also holds the next three spots in the top 10 at 305 vs. La Pine, 295 vs. Junction City and 285 vs. Marist, all in the 2003 season.

Jef McClellan has the next two, 284 vs. Reedsport in 1977 and 262 vs. Crook County in 1978.

Rounding out the top 10 are Brandon Little with 260 vs. Myrtle Point in 2001 and John Johnson with 257 vs Molalla in 2009.

Blankenship takes another shot at the record book at 7 p.m. Friday when the Vikings host Newport in Siuslaw's home opener at Hans Petersen Memorial Field.

Blankenship's top targets after two games are sophomore wide receivers Braydon Thornton (16 catches, 264 yards, 2 TDs) and Isaac Garza (4-142).

QUICK KICKS

The weekly Vikings Quarterback Club meeting is noon Friday at the high school. ...

Friday foe Newport is 0-2, losing 31-7 in the Cubs' season opener at home to Tillamook and 27-0 last Friday at Phoenix. ... Newport beat Siuslaw 60-16 last season at Newport. ...

A live video feed of Friday's Newport-Siuslaw game should be available on the NFHS network for a fee:
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/siuslaw-high-school-florence-or/gama123243ae6
The plan is to simulcast the video with Coast Radio's game broadcast. ...

For those who missed the item, Siuslaw football historian and graduate Don Hunt notes that last Friday's comeback was the second-greatest in school history. Hunt says the biggest comeback was in 1989, when the Vikings overcame a 21-0 deficit in the first quarter to defeat Pleasant Hill, 28-21. …

The 3A coaches poll includes two teams from Siuslaw's league, No. 2 Santiam Christian and No. 7 La Pine. … Santiam Christian is No. 4 and La Pine No. 4 in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings, which will determine playoff positioning … League member Sutherlin is No. 8 in the OSAA rankings, but not in the coaches' top 10. …

Coach Sam Johnson has been culling individual statistics for his team by watching game film and forwarding the results to Hudl, a Nebraska-based company that "provides video review and performance analysis tools for sports teams and athletes at every level." …

HOW THEY FARED
How Siuslaw's 2019 opponents fared in last weekend's games

  • Friday, Sept. 6 — at Elmira (1-1). Last week: at North Valley 14, Elmira 0. Friday: vs. Baker at Summit.
  • Friday, Sept. 13 — at Philomath (1-1). Last week: Siuslaw 28, at Philomath 19. Friday: vs. McLoughlin/Griswold at Madras.
  • Friday, Sept. 20 — Newport (0-2), 7 p.m. Last week: at Phoenix 27, Newport 0. Friday: at Siuslaw.
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 — McLouglin/Griswold (0-2), 4 p.m., at Madras (neutral field). Last week: at Tillamook 46, McLouglin/Griswold 0. Friday: vs. Philomath at Madras.
  • Friday, Oct. 4 — Harrisburg (1-1), 7 p.m. Last week: Harrisburg 27, at Blanchet Catholic 0. Friday: vs. Cascade Christian.
  • Friday, Oct. 11 — at Santiam Christian (2-0), 7 p.m., Adair Village. Last week: at Santiam Christian 46, Douglas 0. Friday: vs. Scio.
  • Friday, Oct. 18 — Pleasant Hill (1-1), 7 p.m. Last week: at Hidden Valley 63, Pleasant Hill 12. Friday: vs. Dayton.
  • Friday, Oct. 28 — La Pine (2-0), 7 p.m. Last week: La Pine 22, at Madras 3. Friday: at Burns.
  • Friday, Nov. 1 — at Sutherlin (1-1), 7 p.m. Last week: at Sutherlin 33, Taft 18. Friday: at Douglas.

SIUSLAW VIKINGS STATISTICS
Compiled by Sam Johnson
vs. Elmira, Sept. 6, at Elmira
PASSING — Elijah Blankenship 12-20-215-0, 1 TD.
RUSHING — Camp Lacouture 18-131, TD; Hector Garcia 20-102; Elijah Blankenship 11-101, TD.
RECEIVING — Brady Thornton 7-124; Isaac Garza 3-77; Rhys Fleming 2-14, TD.
vs. Philomath, Sept. 13, at Philomath
PASSING — Elijah Blankenship 20-32-318-0, 2 TDs; Camp Lacouture 1-1-5-1, TD.
RUSHING — Elijah Blankenship 14-129; Hector Garcia 14-59, TD; Camp Lacouture 8-48; Braydon Thornton 2-3.
RECEIVING — Braydon Thornton 9-145, 2 TDs; Camp Lacouture 5-75; Isaac Garza 1-65; Brady Libby 4-29, TD; Rhys Fleming 2-9.

2019 SIUSLAW VIKINGS ROSTER
Information from school's OSAA web page
  1 TE/LB Rhys Fleming, sophomore, 6-3, 170
  3 QB/S Elijah Blankenship, junior, 5-8, 170
  5 RB/LB Camp Lacouture, sophomore, 6-0, 170
  7 RB/LB Ian Sissel, freshman, 5-10, 160
  8 WR/CB Braydon Thornton, sophomore, 6-2, 170
  9 TE/DE Avery Hart, sophomore, 6-3, 220
10 QB/S Beau Erickson, sophomore, 5-8, 140
11 WR/S Brady Libby, junior, 5-8, 170
12 RB/LB Hector Garcia, junior, 5-10, 175
13 RB/CB Hunter Petterson, freshman, 5-6, 140
14 RB/LB Mason Buss, freshman, 5-6, 130
15 WR/CB Jake Roberts, freshman, 5-8, 140
15 TE/DE Noah Dotson, freshman, 5-10, 160
23 WR/CB James Smith, sophomore, 5-11, 160
26 WR/LB Tyrone Krohn, junior, 5-10, 150
33 RB/LB Skyler Loomis, junior, 5-10, 170
41 WR/CB Jason Garcia, sophomore, 5-8, 150
50 OL/LB Victor Ayala, freshman, 5-8, 200
51 OL/DL Henry Rankin, sophomore, 6-0, 220
53 OL/LB Ethan Aaron, sophomore, 5-9, 170
53 OL/DL Ricky Loza, senior, 5-8, 170
56 OL/DL John Corser, sophomore, 5-9, 180
62 OL/DL Joe Slaughter, sophomore, 5-9, 170
64 OL/LB Christian Newlan, junior, 5-11, 200
65 OL/DL Matthew Horillo, senior, 5-10, 240
67 OL/DE Dayson Foglio, senior, 6-5, 240
68 OL/DL David Spencer, senior, 6-2, 330
70 OL/DL Isaiah Jones, senior, 6-0, 180
76 OL/DL Zach Stinger, senior, 5-10, 220
84 WR/CB Isaac Garza, sophomore, 6-0, 160
88 WR/CB Colin Leland, junior, 6-0, 160
88 TE/DE John Rose, freshman, 6-3, 200
Head coach: Sam Johnson (first year)
Assistant coaches: Andy Johnson, Billy Jones, Bob Teter, Dennis Davidson, Gerald Fleming, Jeff Gray, Nick Johnson, Tom Shinn.

OSAA Class 3A Special District 2 North Schedule
Nonleague
Friday, Sept. 6
at Elmira 30, Siuslaw 26
at Taft 14, Harrisburgh 6
at La Pine 42, Douglas 22
Hidden Valley 50, at Sutherlin 26
Santiam Christian 39, at Dayton 0
Saturday, Sept. 7
at Pleasant Hill 48, Salem Academy 6
Friday, Sept. 13
Siuslaw 28, at Philomath 19
Harrisburg 27, at Blanchet Catholic 0
La Pine 22, at Madras 3
at Hidden Valley 63, Pleasant Hill 12
at Sutherlin 33, Taft 18
at Santiam Christian 46, Douglas 0
Friday, Sept. 20
Newport at Siuslaw, 7 p.m., Vikings home opener
Cascade Christian at Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
La Pine at Burns, 7 p.m.
Dayton at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Sutherlin at Douglas, 7 p.m.
Scio at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27
Douglas at Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
La Pine at Rogue River, 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill at Cascade Christian, 7 p.m.
South Umpqua at Sutherlin, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at Blanchet Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Siuslaw vs. McLouglin/Griswold at Madras, 4 p.m.
League
Friday, Oct. 4
Harrisburg at Siuslaw, 7 p.m.
Sutherlin at La Pine, 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11
Siuslaw at Santiam Christian (Adair Village), 7 p.m.
Sutherlin at Harrisburg, 7:30 p.m.
La Pine at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18
Pleasant Hill at Siuslaw, 7 p.m.
Harrisburg at La Pine, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at Sutherlin, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25
La Pine at Siuslaw, 7 p.m.
Harrisburg at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
Sutherlin at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1
Siuslaw at Sutherlin, 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill at Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at La Pine, 7 p.m.




MORE STORIES

Lady Pirates rally to beat Lady Vikings in 5

Siuslaw closes out Sky-Em League play with match Thursday at Elmira and at home Tuesday against Junction...

Vikings, Billies fighting for their playoff lives

Siuslaw hosts Pleasant Hill on Friday with a state tournament berth on the line.

Siuslaw swim team will double this season

Vikings will have at least one girl and one boy on the Reedsport-Siuslaw co-op.

Vikings getting up to speed as district nears

Siuslaw will host Sky-Em League district track and field championships this coming spring.