By Rongi Yost
Correspondent 

Outlaws still have a shot at playoffs

 

Last updated 10/25/2022 at Noon



The Outlaws football squad lost 20-7 on the road against the Siuslaw Vikings on a very cold and rainy Friday night, October 21.

Sisters started out with an interception by Patrick Silva less than five minutes into the contest. They got the ball down to the 45-yard line, but offensive penalties stalled the drive. The Outlaws’ defense held strong, and at the end of the first quarter it was deadlocked 0-0.

Early in the second period Siuslaw got on the scoreboard with a five-yard touchdown run, but failed on their two-point conversion attempt. The Outlaws’ offense struggled and they went into the half trailing 0-6.

Sisters came out in the third quarter and scored on their opening drive. Justin DeSmet found room on the right side of the offensive line and ran the ball in from 10 yards out. Adam Maddox-Castle kicked it through the uprights for the PAT, and the Outlaws pulled ahead 7-6.

The Vikings struck back just three minutes later and went up 12-7, and held that lead to close out the period.

The score stayed close for most of the final quarter, but the Outlaws had trouble moving the ball against a good Siuslaw defense. With 3:21 left on the clock, the Vikings punched the ball into the end zone and took a 20-7 lead, and secured the win.

DeSmet led the receivers with three receptions for 17 yards, and also led in rushing with 12 rushes for 62 yards and one TD. Maddox-Castle had six rushes for 42 yards and Tony Gonzalez had four rushes for 30 yards.

Maddox-Castle led the defense with nine tackles, followed by Jessey Murillo, who had seven. DeSmet and Dolan Pool recorded five tackles, Gabe Bailey had four, and Gonzalez, Henry Rard, and Hudson Symonds added three each.

Coach Clayton Hall said, “This was a hard-fought, close football game, and was a lot closer than the score indicates. I felt our boys played hard and competed all night long. I’m proud how they battled all night against a good Siuslaw team, but we don’t have time to hang our heads. We have to take care of business next week.”

The Outlaws will travel to Harrisburg for their last league game of the season on Friday, October 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Outlaws are currently tied for third place in league, and if they can post a win over Harrisburg they will make the playoffs.

 

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