Football

North Salem upsets South Salem to win Mayor's Trophy

The Vikings made every defensive play they needed to, and it brought back a piece of hardware missing from the school for a long time.

Hunter Sullivan’s two-point conversion pass to Alexis Valenzuela put North Salem High School’s football team up with 3:13 left and the Vikings came up with three huge plays in the final 13 minutes to beat South Salem 23-22 and win the Mayor’s Trophy for the first time since 2006.

North Salem improves to 2-4 in the GVC while South Salem falls to 2-3 in the GVC and 2-4 overall with its third straight loss.

With South Salem leading 16-15 with :31 left in the third quarter, Saxon running back Francisco Ramirez-Perez had the ball stripped out of his hands, and North Salem’s Alex Vasquez recovered it at the Vikings’ 2-yard line.

The Vikings ate up nine minutes of clock until Vasquez ran for a seven-yard touchdown, and the two-point conversion put North Salem up 23-16 with 3:13 left.

On the ensuing drive Junior Sandoval wrestled an interception of Harrison Broadus out of the hands of South Salem’s Kyle Martz at the eight-yard line.

But on the net play, Vasquez fumbled the ball and South Salem’s Collin Voght recovered the ball on North Salem’s 4-yard line.

Ramirez-Perez ran for a touchdown on the next play to go up 23-22 with 1:52 left, and the Saxons went for two with Ramirez-Perez running it, but North Salem made the stop to seal the victory.

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North Salem 23, South Salem 22

SS 6  3  7  6-22

NS 7  8  0  8-23

-First quarter

NS- Angel Goznalez 94 kickoff return (Adrian Sierra kick) 11:47.

SS- Tony Maldonado 31 field goal 8:27.

SS- Maldonado 30 field goal :00.

-Second quarter

NS- Hunter Sullivan 4 run (Sullivan run) 3:28.

SS- Maldonado 30 field goal :14.

-Third quarter

SS- Harrison Broadus 9 run (Maldonado kick) 8:02.

-Fourth quarter

NS- Alex Vasquez 7 run (Alexis Valenzuela pass from Sullivan) 3:13.

SS- Francisco Ramirez-Perez 4 run (run fail) 1:58.

North's Salem's Hunter Sullivan (11) looks to pass past South Salem's Collin Vogt (10) in the second half of the South Salem vs. North Salem football game at North Salem High School on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

North’s Salem’s Hunter Sullivan (11) looks to pass past South Salem’s Collin Vogt (10) in the second half of the South Salem vs. North Salem football game at North Salem High School on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.