Senior-dominated Vikings prepare to rock


Les Schwab Bowl wide receiver Braydon Thornton leads a stellar Vikings senior class.

The Siuslaw Vikings football team — which has posted openings for two assistant coaches — may need more help off the field than on this coming season.

Siuslaw is down three assistant coaches from last season. The Vikings open fall practice two weeks from this coming Monday, with a jamboree tentatively scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27.

The talented and senior-dominated Vikings host South Umpqua in the season opener Friday, Sept. 3, at Hans Petersen Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Siuslaw has posted job openings for two assistants to replace Lane Johnson, Tom Shinn and Bob Teter.

Sam Johnson returns for his third season as head coach, with current assistants Andy Johnson, Billy Jones, Gerald Fleming, Jeff Gray and Nick Johnson.

Santiam Christian won the 3A District 2 North last year at 4-0, finishing 5-1 overall, including a runner-up in the state championship game. Cascade Christian won that showdown, 13-10.

Junction City was 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league, La Pine 4-2 and 2-2, Pleasant Hill 2-3 and 2-2, Siuslaw 3-3 and 2-3, Sisters 2-4 and 1-3 and Harrisburg 0-6 and 0-4.

Harrisburg, which has hired a new coach, is playing a full nonleague schedule this coming season against mostly 2A schools.

Siuslaw still is searching for home opponent for Oct. 1, an open date once Harrisburg canceled in favor of a less-demanding schedule.

Five of the Vikings' scheduled games are on the road, so the school has a strong preference for a nonleague home game, if possible.

One oddity in the league schedule is 4A schools Junction City and Sisters playing twice, a league game Oct. 1 at Sisters and a nonleague game Oct. 15 at Junction City.

3A SPECIAL DISTRICT 2 NORTH

(League games unless otherwise noted)

Friday, Aug. 27
Siuslaw jamboree, TBD (tentative)
Sisters, La Pine at Madras jamboree, TBD
Junction City jamboree, TBD
Santiam Christian jamboree, 5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3
South Umpqua at Siuslaw, 7 p.m., nonleague
Burns at Sisters, 7 p.m., nonleague
North Eugene at Junction City, 7 p.m., nonleague
Amity at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m., nonleague
Cascade Christian at La Pine, 7 p.m., nonleague
Pleasant Hill open date

Friday, Sept. 10
Siuslaw at Brookings-Harbor, 7 p.m., nonleague
Madras at Sisters, 7 p.m., nonleague
Junction City at Douglas, 7 p.m., nonleague
Pleasant Hill at South Umpqua, 7 p.m., nonleague
Santiam Christian at Kennedy, 7 p.m., nonleague
La Pine at Vale, 7 p.m., nonleague

Friday, Sept. 17
Siuslaw at Sisters, 7 p.m.
Junction City at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill at St. Mary's, Medford, 7 p.m., nonleague
La Pine at Dayton, 7 p.m., nonleague

Friday, Sept. 24
Siuslaw at Gladstone, 7 p.m., nonleague
Sisters at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill at Junction City, 7 p.m.
La Pine open date

Friday, Oct. 1
Siuslaw open date
Junction City at Sisters, 7 p.m., Game 1, league
La Pine at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at McLoughlin, 7 p.m., nonleague

Friday, Oct. 8
La Pine at Siuslaw, 7 p.m.
Sisters at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Junction City, Santiam Christian open dates

Friday, Oct. 15
Siuslaw at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at La Pine, 7 p.m.
Sisters at Junction City, 7 p.m., Game 2, nonleague

Friday, Oct. 22
Siuslaw at Santiam Christian (Adair Village), 7 p.m.
Junction City at La Pine, 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill at Regis, 7 p.m., nonleague
Sisters open date

Friday, Oct. 29
Junction City at Siuslaw, 7 p.m.
Sisters at La Pine, 7 p.m.
Santiam Christian at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.




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