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Santiam takes Colton to the limit, falls 36-28

The Santiam High football team put together its most complete game of the season Oct. 13 against visiting Colton. 

The Wolverines scored four TDs and totaled 28 points, their highest total since facing Gervais on Sept. 22. But Colton managed one TD more and triumphed 36-28 to move to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Tri-River Conference. Santiam fell to 0-6, 0-5.

“We went into the game with a pretty solid plan,” coach Lyle Schroeder told The Canyon Weekly. “We knew we needed to stop Colton’s run game as their passing game is minimal.”

Lukus LeBahn scored a pair of TDs for Santiam, with Xavier Vital and Esai Romero also finding the end zone. The Wolverines battled some bad luck also, with three scores called back because of penalties.  

Schroeder had high praise for lineman Nathan Hedge, a 6-1, 195-pound junior. 

“One player who stood out for us both offensively and defensively, was Nathan Hedge,” Schroeder said. “His work on the O-line and at defensive end was huge for us. Nate just returned to the program after suffering an injury in the first game of the season. We are grateful to have him back.”

Santiam hosts Monroe (3-3 overall, 2-2 Special District 2) at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, on senior night. 

“Monroe will be another good challenge for us,” Schroeder. “They have a great running back and a pretty good receiver too. However, if we shut these two players down, it really puts a kink in their offensive game plan. The only thing hampering us right now is numbers and injuries. This week will be an uphill battle, but my boys are resilient and will put up a good fight.”

Seniors who will be honored at the Monroe game are Sam Schroeder, Esai  Romero, Wyatt Dayton, Dallon Mount, Brody Brown, Hayden Cram and Harley Davidson.

Scio, meanwhile, improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in Special District 2 with a 44-8 road win at Newport. The Loggers, who are ranked 9th in Class 3A, host No. 12 Santiam Christian (5-3, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Newcomb Stadium in the battle for second place in the district. Dayton is 5-0 and already has defeated SC and Scio. The Loggers can clinch a Class 3A playoff berth with a win this week or next week at Jefferson. 

VOLLEYBALL: The Santiam volleyball squad took down Blanchet Catholic 3-1 on Oct. 12 to force a tie for third place in the Tri-River Conference between the two schools. The Wolverines, 15-8 overall and 9-6 in the TRC, are ranked 8th in Class 2A. The team was set Oct. 19 to host an opponent to be determined in the league playoffs, but that was after The Canyon Weekly presstime. Four Tri-River teams automatically qualify for the Class 2A playoffs, with three more at-large berths available statewide. 

Scio, meanwhile, concluded its PacWest Conference season against Sheridan on Oct. 18, also after The Canyon Weekly deadline. The Loggers entered the week 14-6 overall, tied with Dayton at 8-3 in the PacWest behind 11-0 Santiam Christian. Scio is ranked No. 7 in Class 3A and seems likely to receive one of the league’s three automatic playoff berths.

CROSS COUNTRY: Runners for Scio and Santiam will compete in district championships next week.

The Loggers and Wolverines run Thursday, Oct. 26 in the Class 3A-2A-1A Special District 2 meet at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon. The boys 3A varsity and junior varsity races start at 3 p.m., followed by 3A-2A-1A girls varsity and junior varsity at 3:45, with boys 2A-1A varsity and junior varsity finishing the slate at 4:30 p.m. All races will be run on a 5,000-meter course.

Loggers junior Chris Ennis is ranked 32nd and freshman teammate Syrus Diaz is ranked 41st in the district, according to race lists compiled by athletic.net. Teams and individual runners will be seeking slots in the OSAA state championships on Nov. 4 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

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