Vikings grind down Gladiators to go to 3-0


Siuslaw senior quarterback Beau Erickson punched the ball in from the 2 with 5:58 to play Friday to lift the Vikings to a 15-7 nonleague football victory at Gladstone.

The Vikings (3-0) host defending 3A champion Cascade Christian of Medford next Friday at Hans Petersen Memorial Field.

Cascade Christian (1-1) lost at home to 4A No. 2 Marist on Friday, 41-16.

Tickets for the game will be available only online beginning Monday morning.

The Vikings broke the scoreless tie with a 9-yard Camp Lacouture run with 2:50 left in the first half, capping a drive that started inside the Gladstone 20 following a short punt.

The Gladiators (1-3) forged a 7-7 tie with 9:44 to play on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brayde Owen to Hayde Owen on fourth-and-15.

Siuslaw responded with a nine-play, 65-yard drive, all on the ground. Lacouture ran the 2-point conversion for the final 8-point cushion.

The Gladiators went three-and-out on the following drive, the Vikings taking over on their own 20.

Siuslaw ran out the clock on an eight-play drive that included a fourth-down conversion on fourth-and-6 from the Vikings' own 24 with 3:12 to play.

Erickson connected on a 9-yard pass to senior wide receiver Braydon Thornton for the first down.

Two running plays were followed by the Vikings taking a knee on the final two plays as time ran out on the Gladiators.

Elsewhere:

North Valley (3-1), which lost to Siuslaw 48-14 on Sept. 10, rolled at Elmira, 35-12.

Sisters (0-3), which lost to Siuslaw 50-0 on Sept. 17, lost at Santiam Christian, 35-0.

La Pine (1-2), which plays at Siuslaw Oct. 8, lost to visiting Henley, 16-12.

Pleasant Hill (0-3), which plays at Siuslaw Thursday, Oct. 14, was trampled at Junction City, 52-6.

Santiam Christian (1-1), which hosts Siuslaw Oct. 22, beat visiting Sisters, 35-0.

Junction City (2-0), which hosts Siuslaw Oct. 29, leveled Pleasant Hill, 52-6.

NOTES

From Don Hunt, Vikings football historian and Siuslaw graduate: Friday's 15-7 win over Gladstone upped Siuslaw's record to 3-1 over the Gladiators in a series that dates back to 1974. The Vikings defeated the Gladiators 14-0 in the state quarterfinals in 1974, beat them 35-14 in a first-round state playoff game in 2007 and lost to the Portland area school 29-9 in a second-round game in 2013. Friday's contest was the first regular-season matchup between the two schools. ...

The Vikings have scored 113 points in three games, just under 38 points a game ... Senior Camp Lacouture has scored 44 of those points on 5 TD runs, 8 PATs and 3 conversion runs ...

Gladstone was 5-1 last spring, losing to Marshfield in the 4A Showcase third-place game, 41-14. ….

Scoring from Coast Radio broadcast

SIUSLAW         0  7  0  8 — 15
GLADSTONE   0  0  0  7 —   7
First quarter
No scoring
Second quarter
Siuslaw — Camp Lacouture 9-yard run (Camp Lacouture kick), 2:50
Third quarter
No scoring
Fourth quarter
Gladstone — Hayden Smith 30-yard pass from Brayde Owen (Ayden Hensley kick), 9:44
Siuslaw — Beau Erickson 2-yard run (Camp Lacouture run), 5:58




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