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Vikings use crushing defense, overpowering offense to scuttle Sutherlin 43-8

Vale's John Wolfe (1) tackles Sutherlin runner Adan Diaz (2) during their game Saturday in Vale. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

VALE – Vale coach Jeff Aldred shifted the focus of his team last week in practice and his decision paid big dividends Saturday as the Vikings (9-1) rolled over Sutherlin 43-8 in a first-round 3A prep football playoff contest.

“We focused on us and what we do. We spent a little more time on fundamentals, assignments, alignments, the little things you have to do in the playoffs,” said Aldred.

Vale now goes on the road to face No. 2-ranked Rainier (8-1) Saturday in Kelso, Wash., at 1 p.m. Pacific time.

Rainier on Friday beat Nyssa/Harper Charter 34-6. The Bulldogs finished their season 3-6 overall.

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