A suffocating Viking defense paid dividends last weekend as Vale rolled over Sutherlin 49-7. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)
VALE – It was vintage Vale Viking football.
Saturday afternoon the Vikings punished, bruised and dominated Sutherlin to post a commanding 49-7 victory in first-round Class 3A playoff action.
The win sets up a rematch with Burns Saturday at 1 p.m. in Burns in a second-round playoff game.
“Everyone was on the same page. And I think we were more physical than they were,” said Viking running back Mat McBride after the game.
McBride’s performance – 114 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns – characterized the Viking attack against the Bulldogs on a clear and sunny afternoon.
“Uptempo was the emphasis and it always is but we wanted to be more . . .