PHOTOS: Late-game field goal sends South Umpqua past Vale in state semifinal contest

Vale's John Wolfe (1) and Owen Crane (88) tackles a South Umpqua player during their playoff game Saturday. (Angie Aldred/Special to the Enterprise)

BEND - The Vale Vikings played South Umpqua even for three quarters on Saturday in the state 3A football playoffs but they couldn’t overcome a rough time with sacks and penalties, losing 24-21 on a late-game field goal.

“They made one more play than we did,” said Vale coach Jeff Aldred. “They had some good team speed and they were pretty athletic. They took the momentum early and we had a hard time getting it back.”

The Viks finished their season 10-2 after making it to the quarterfinals.

South Umpqua advances to the title game on Saturday, Nov. 27, taking on Siuslaw.

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