Vikings sit at 1-2 in PacWest Conference with chance to take third place, playoff berth

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Colton's offense lines up against Central Linn earlier this season.

The Colton football team was unable to do much against no. 5 ranked Scio (5-1, 4-0) last Friday as the Loggers recorded a 52-20 win over the Viks in their fourth straight win in which they've scored at least 46 points.

Colton's defense started out strong as they held the Loggers scoreless in the first quarter, but couldn't keep that effort throughout the rest of the game as junior RB/LB Joseph Reed says they lost their focus.

"We just lost our focus in the second half," Reed said. "We were doing a good job on defense by holding them to zero in the first quarter, then we had a few mistakes which gave them a few touchdowns."

Scio got things going in the second quarter as they scored 14 points before Colton could find an answer.

Vikings' senior QB Dawson Hall connected deep to sophomore Wyatt Earls for a 50-yard touchdown to keep it a seven-point game with seven minutes left in the half.

Colton then had a chance to tie the game after recovering a fumble a minute later, but was forced to punt as the Logger's defense remained resilient.

Then with two minutes left in the half, Scio scored again on an eight-yard rushing touchdown by senior RB Dru Cook. Scio went for two and was unsuccessful as it remained a 13-point game at the half.

"I'd like to see our focus and our will to not give up improve even if [the other team] ends up scoring," Reed said.

Scio began to pull ahead as junior RB Adam Stratemeyer returned the opening kickoff of the half 75 yards for a touchdown to go up 26-7 after Scio failed its third two-point conversion attempt of the game.

Scio would again score in the third quarter on a five-yard rushing touchdown from junior RB Daniel Simmons with two minutes left in the quarter, again failing to convert the two-point conversion.

As the quarter expired, Scio was knocking on the door yet again and punched in another score with 11 minutes to go in the game to go up 40-7 after a successful two-point attempt, followed by another rushing touchdown a minute later to go up 46-7.

Colton didn't give up, however, as Earls took matters into his own hands and found running room from 45 yards out for a touchdown with nine minutes left in the game.

Scio would keep pulling ahead, however, and scored their final touchdown of the game with six minutes left on a 30-yard rushing touchdown from sophomore RB Jacob Mask.

Colton would continue fighting to the end as senior RB Zemar Smith broke free for a 45-yard rushing touchdown with five minutes left to play to make the final score 52-20.

Colton currently sits at third place in the PacWest Conference with a 1-2 league record, tied with Salem Academy, who also fell to Scio by a score of 58-13 earlier this season. If Colton wins out by beating Gervais and Salem Academy in their final two league games, then they should be one of the 15 automatic qualifiers as the PacWest Conference qualifies three teams for the round of 16 playoffs.

"I feel like we have a pretty good chance for the rest of the league, we just need to keep fighting and keep our focus," Reed said.

Catch Colton at John F. Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel this Friday for a non-league matchup at 7 p.m.

Conner Williams
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