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Bootleg kicks it in for Vikings.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

FLORENCE - Facing second-and-goal at the 2-yard line in overtime, Siuslaw quarterback Jacob Mitchell recommended a play to coach Tim Dodson.

"I said, 'The bootleg is open' and he said, 'All right Jacob, this is you,' ' Mitchell said.

Then Dodson looked at the North Bend defense.

"Jake called it, then I saw No. 8 for them standing out there and I'm going, 'What was he thinking?' ' Dodson said. "Jacob made a great athletic play to get in the end zone."

Mitchell dived in for a two-yard touchdown run that gave eighth-ranked Siuslaw a 13-10 overtime victory over North Bend in Far West League football at Siuslaw High School.

The defensive struggle was tied 7-7 before North Bend lined up for a 24-yard field-goal attempt with 12.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Siuslaw's Joel Bechtold got through the line and blocked the kick to force overtime.

"The first time I got in there, I was a little upset I didn't get it," Bechtold said, referring to an extra point he nearly blocked in the fourth quarter. "The second time I hustled and tried my hardest."

North Bend drove to Siuslaw's 8-yard line on its overtime possession before Alex Clark booted a 25-yard field goal to put the Bulldogs ahead 10-7.

Siuslaw faced two third downs in overtime, but both times Mitchell ran for the first down and his third run of the drive was for the winning score.

"I couldn't ask for a better way to end it," Mitchell said.

The Vikings improved to 4-1 overall and won their league opener in a matchup between the two Far West favorites. The defending Class 4A champions defeated Sisters in overtime to win the state title last year, and the Vikings have won two overtime games this year.

"That's three overtime games in the last few months, and its always good to come out on top," Dodson said.

North Bend (3-3) ran for 222 yards and totaled 241 yards of offense compared with Siuslaw's 180 total yards.

"We're sad with the outcome, but we played hard," North Bend coach Bill Masei said. "We started off slow offensively, but Siuslaw had a great defensive game plan. It was two great teams going head to head and it ended in overtime, and unfortunately we were the ones with the lower score."

North Bend's Shawn Mitchell ran for 107 yards on 19 carries despite missing part of the game due to injury.

Sutherlin 19, South Umpqua 9: Austin Elliott, Jake Gilman and Caleb Trowbridge all scored touchdowns as the visiting Bulldogs ran for 257 yards. Bo Younker gained 99 yards in 16 carries and scored once for the Lancers.

Sky-Em League

Marist 30, Junction City 27: Gabe Schepergerdes kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Spartans the victory over the Tigers.

Kurt Fielder had scored on a 14-yard run and caught a two-point conversion pass from Tyler Hogan to tie the score for the Tigers with 1:20 left in the game.

Bryson Black ran for 120 yards and scored twice for the Spartans. Fielder carried 31 times for 160 yards and two TDs.

Cottage Grove 39, Pleasant Hill 27: Cameron Dixon completed 7-of-8 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 57 yards and a touchdown to lead the host Lions.

Jacob Stanley gained 138 yards in nine carries, and Cottage Grove had 539 yards total offense.

Derek Smith completed 24-of-47 passes for 278 yards and a TD, and Scott Daletas caught 10 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Sisters 57, La Pine 20: Cory McCaffrey scored touchdowns on runs of 22, 74, seven and four yards and Carroll Gryder caught scoring passes of 46 and 57 yards from Jarred Hasskamp to lead the host Outlaws.
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Date:Oct 6, 2007
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