It’s been a long time since South Salem High School’s No. 6-ranked football team lost a Greater Valley Conference game.
Heading into the 7 p.m. home game Friday against McNary, the Saxons have won 15 conference games in a row.
The winning streak matches West Salem’s 15-game streak from 2009-11. The longest in recent history was Sprague’s 24-game winning streak from 2003-05.
One more win and South Salem (7-0, 6-0) would have the longest conference winning streak by a Salem-Keizer public school in a decade.
“I think it’s a tribute to my coaching staff who is doing a good job, the kids who put in the work and continue to do the preparation piece each week, and we also have a talented group of kids,” South Salem coach Scott DuFault said. “We got some kids who are going to play college football.”
A win against McNary also would clinch for South Salem at least a share of the Greater Valley Conference championship, which would be the team’s second straight.
South Salem put together a checklist of goals before the season and this is the second one – the team accomplished the first one in clinching a state playoff spot a couple weeks ago – the team wants to check off.
“I think for this group in particular, we’ve got our eyes set down the road a ways, too,” DuFault said. “It’s a big deal for us to win a conference championship, but we’ve got other goals, too.”
McNary is tied for third in the GVC with West Salem at 4-2, but has scored a combined 91 points in its past games behind the prolific play of senior quarterback Trent Van Cleave, who has passed for five touchdowns and rushed for three in that span.
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“I think for us defensively it starts with knowing where No. 7 is,” DuFault said. “He’s awfully good. He’s starting to play with a lot more confidence. We haven’t seen a quarterback like this yet. That’s a tough thing to handle, a guy who can extend plays.
“Their running back’s great. They’re big up front. They’ve got some guys who can catch the ball. Defensively, their front four is awfully good, and I think they’re pretty good.”
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McNary at No. 6 South Salem
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday
On the air: Radio on KYKN 1430 AM, video on CCTV2 Channel 22 at 11:59 p.m., livestreaming on www.clypian.com
Records: McNary (4-3, 4-2 GVC), South Salem (7-0, 6-0).
Diabetes awareness night: This is the third annual event, which raised $3,500 last year. There is a page at http://www.gofundme.com/yp6qfsxk, there will towels on sale for $2 at the game and helmets will be passed in the third quarter to raise cash.