Vikings hammer Harrisburg to open league

Siuslaw sophomore Braydon Thornton has 10 touchdown receptions in five games this season.

Siuslaw Vikings football fans couldn't have asked for a bigger, better turnaround.

Friday, the Vikings opened 3A Special District 2 North play with a 56-point victory, 64-8, over the Harrisburg Eagles at Hans Petersen Memorial Field.

Last season, the Eagles beat the Vikings by 56 points in Harrisburg, 63-7.

That's a 112-point reversal of fortunes. And, at 4-1 overall, the Vikings are erasing memories of last season's 0-8 record.

Sophomore wide receiver Braydon Thornton pulled four touchdown passes from junior quarterback Elijah Blankenship and sophomore running back Camp Lacouture ran for three TDs and converted four of five extra-point kicks in Friday's romp.

The Vikings travel to Adair Village next Friday to play unbeaten Santiam Christian (5-0). Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Santiam Christian, which won last year's meeting in Florence, 32-6, beat visiting Pleasant Hill on Friday, 63-20.

Sutherlin won at La Pine, 29-28.


Note from Siuslaw sports historian Don Hunt:

"I wanted to fill you in on some Siuslaw stats and records that I don't believe are in Tim Dodson's record book or in the back of my book.

"Braydon Thornton caught a lot of passes for a ton of yards and had four TD catches in the romp over Harrisburg.

"The school record for the most catches in one game is 10, shared by Jared Kreil (10 catches, 152 yards, two touchdowns) in a 38-14 win over Elmira in 2004, and Scott Gordon (10 catches, 104 yards, no TDs) in a 33-27 loss to North Bend in 2015.

"Thornton's four touchdown receptions tied a single-game mark held by Collin Cram-Watkins, who accomplished the feat during a 48-38 loss to Marist in 2003.

"You also won't find the list for most receptions in one season.

"The record is 66, set by Gordon in 2015. Rounding out the top six are Jared Kreil (62 in 2004), Sam Johnson (48 in 2013), Cram-Watkins (47 in 2003), Kreil (46 in 2003), and Ryan Smith (45 in 2011).

"Single-season and career reception yards (top 10) are in the back of my book.

"The school record for most touchdown passes in one game is five, set by Gabe Haberly in 2003.

"The school record for most yards in one game is 639, established during a 56-32 win over La Pine in 2003.

"I'm thinking some of these records could be broken in the near future, and might be of interest to you."

"Your handy-dandy Siuslaw sports historian."

Hunt will be releasing a second edition of his book on the history of Vikings football early next year. "Chapters and photos will be added on Sam Johnson, longtime Siuslaw statisticians Lanny Nivens and Bob Hylton and chapters on the 2018 and 2019 seasons. New school records and other relevant statistics will also be updated," Hunt said.


Siuslaw was ranked No. 29 of 29 schools in 3A football last season by the OSAA. ... The Vikings are No. 18, with a bullet, this season. ...

Summary from Coast Radio's Bob Sneddon's play-by-play
HARRISBURG      0    8     0    0   —    8
SIUSLAW           22   15   13   14  —  64
First quarter
Siuslaw — Braydon Thornton 20-yard pass from Elijah Blankenship (Elijah Blankenship run), 10:02
Siuslaw — Braydon Thornton 24-yard pass from Elijah Blankenship (Brady Libby run), 8:24
Siuslaw — Camp Lacouture 27-yard run (run failed), 2:50
Second quarter
Siuslaw — Camp Lacouture 5-yard run (Camp Lacouture kick), 8:56
Siuslaw — Hector Garcia 4-yard run (Isaac Garza run), 6:20
Harrisburg — Gabe Knox 5-yard run (Jonathon Lettkemen run), 3:47
Third quarter
Siuslaw — Braydon Thornton 35-yard pass from Elijah Blankenship (Camp Lacouture kick), 6:07
Siuslaw — Braydon Thornton 5-yard pass from Elijah Blankenship (kick failed), 3:59
Fourth quarter
Siuslaw — Camp Lacouture 4-yard run (Camp Lacouture kick), 11:14
Siuslaw — Odin Smith 4-yard run (Camp Lacouture kick), 4:10

Friday, Sept. 6
— at Elmira 30, Siuslaw 26
Friday, Sept. 13
— Siuslaw 28, at Philomath 19
Friday, Sept. 20
— at Siuslaw 42, Newport 20
Saturday, Sept. 28
— Siuslaw 48, McLoughlin 46, at Madras High School
Friday, Oct. 4 — at Siuslaw 64, Harrisburg 8
Friday, Oct. 11 — at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m., Adair Village
Friday, Oct. 18 — Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m., Hans Petersen Memorial Field
Friday, Oct. 25 — La Pine, 7 p.m., Hans Petersen Memorial Field
Friday, Nov. 1 — at Sutherlin, 7 p.m.

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
22 RB/DB Odin Smith, freshman, 5-8, 150
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
54 OL/DL Julian Loftis, freshman, 6-2, 200
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
70 OL/DL Tristan Stewart, freshman, 6-2, 170
76 OL/DL Zach Stinger, senior, 5-10, 220
80 WR/CB Isaac Garza, sophomore, 6-0, 160
87 WR/CB Colin Leland, junior, 6-0, 160
88 TE/DE John Rose, freshman, 6-3, 200
89 WR/DB Izaac Mattson, sophomore, 6-0, 140
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
Friday, Oct. 4
at Siuslaw 64, Harrisburg 8
Sutherlin 29, at La Pine 28
at Santiam Christian 63, Pleasant Hill 20
Thursday, Oct. 10
Sutherlin at Harrisburg, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11
Siuslaw at Santiam Christian (Adair Village), 7 p.m., Senior Night
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.


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