Vikings move on to playoffs.

The Colton Vikings finished their football season with a disappointing 55-8 loss to the Dayton Pirates on Friday.

“They came out and punched us in the mouth,” Coach Dan Layton said. “They did it fast and early. I’m still in a state of shock.”

Despite the loss, Colton moves on to playoffs after finishing third in the West Valley League and 17th overall.Their round-one opponent is the Santiam Christian Eagles. The Eagles made it to the semi-finals last year, where they were defeated by Dayton, who went on to take the State Championship over Cascade Christian.

“[The Eagles] are a pass-oriented team,” Leighton said, one that finished 6-1 in the PacWest Conference and 8-2 overall. “They must be pretty good.”

Colton enters the playoffs not only shaken by the loss to Dayton, but also with multiple injuries.

“We’re running thin,” Leighton said. “I started the season with 30 [players] and only suited up 23 for the Dayton game. The injuries are piling up.”

Both Will Wimsatt and Brent Fine are out with a broken leg. “Both injuries will have the boys on crutches for a few months,” Leighton said. “They’re out for winter sports. They’re in the healing process and their spirits are good.”

Still, Colton is a solid team. As Leighton has said all season, and as fans have seen, if the Vikings come out and play solid early on, they’re a winning team.

“If we can jump up and move the football and get confidence in the first 10 to 15 plays of the game, we’ll do fine,” Leighton said. “It’s hard to strike back after getting hit early. It hits their confidence

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