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Vikings defense held up well, but a mistake here, a missed play there added up to loss against Santiam

Friday night's 20-6 loss to Santiam could have been much different, according to Colton football coach Jason Stewart. A play here, a mistake there and things could have been much different as the Vikings dropped to 1-4 in league play.

Santiam got on top first, but not without a fight from the Colton defense, which forced numerous three-and-outs before surrendering a short run and two point conversion for an 8-0 Santiam lead.

Santiam's running game would start to pay dividends in the second quarter as the constant pounding started to wear down Colton's defense.

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"Both defenses were battling into the middle of the second quarter, but Santiam's downhill work in the trenches pounded our defense and we were getting tired," head coach Jason Stewart said. "They (Santiam) eventually scored again, but we held on the two-point converstion, so now it's 14-0."

Colton's defensive effort was led by Lance Gunter, Tanner Johnson, Adam Balzer, Roger Moore, Nolan Earls, Rickie Hendrickson and Isaac Mark.

The third quarter had a little different vibe as Colton fought back, putting together an eight-play drive, capped by a Travers Rogers run. The two-point conversion failed to pull Colton within 14-6. Unfortunately, that would be it for Colton's offense.

The fourth quarter was more of the same with both defenses making it tough for the other team's offense until Santiam's running game finally wore Colton down and they punched in their final score to make it 20-6.

Colton did put together a drive late in the game, but that was stopped by a fumble and Santiam was able to run out the game.

"So all-in-all, it was a big defensive game and not enough offense," Stewart said. "We had lots of chances. We got to Santiam's goal line in the second quarter, but they stopped us from getting in again."

Colton finishes its season in a Thursday night game on Oct. 28 when Gervais pays a visit. A win would lift Colton to 4-4 overall. Game time is 6 p.m.


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