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Santiam Christian ends Vale’s football season with 58-6 win

Vale’s TJ Speelman (No. 24) grabs Santiam Christian’s Marcus Fullbright (No. 32) during their quarterfinal state football playoff game in Adair Village Saturday. (For the Enterprise/Angie Aldred)

ADAIR VILLAGE – Santiam Christian’s Marcus Fullbright ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and the Eagles feasted on four Vale turnovers to post a 58-6 victory in a Class 3A quarterfinal football game Saturday.

“Any time we really needed to try to make a play, the ball didn’t bounce our way. They just had some athletes we couldn’t match up with,” said Vale coach Jeff Aldred.

The Eagles (11-0) built a 36-0 lead at halftime but the Vikings cut the margin early in the third quarter on Jared Fulwyler’s four-yard touchdown run but Vale never regained momentum.