The following story originally ran Friday, Oct. 13, 1989.
SALEM — Thrill-seekers need only go so far as a West Albany football game for satisfaction.
The Bulldogs got four touchdowns from Doug Strickland and went two overtimes before downing North Salem 33-27 Thursday in the Valley League.
The win moved West, 5-1, into a three-way tie with Lebanon and Corvallis for first place. The Bulldogs visit Lebanon next Friday.
Last week, West's offense came through when it produced a touchdown on the final play of a 13-12 victory over South Salem.
This time, defense saved the day.
West took the lead 33-27 in the second overtime when Steve Belhumeur ran in from the 5-yard line.
North Salem then got its crack from the 10. On second down from the 2, the Bulldogs stuffed Marc Santos for a three-yard loss. He got three yards back on third down, setting up the final play.
North Salem quarterback Jeremy Beard tried a naked bootleg, but the Bulldogs sniffed it out and threw him for a five-yard loss.
"We thought West would be ready to stop the sweep on our last play," Viking coach Jim Hellyer said. "So we tried to sneak in a little bootleg, but they stopped it. I've won football games on that play before, but it just didn't work tonight."
West played from behind all night and didn't tie the score until Strickland hit pay dirt from two yards out with 1:10 remaining in regulation. His two-point conversion run knotted it at 21-21 and forced the first Kansas Plan overtime.
The late score, capping a 28-yard, six-play drive, was set up when West's Jeff Crozier picked off a Beard pass with less than four minutes to go.
Santos, who had 158 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, skirted left and on North Salem's first play of the first overtime and went the 10 yards for the score. The point-after kick failed.
West got the ball and Strickland responded with a 10-yard TD on the first play. The Bulldogs also missed the PAT, so the two teams did it again.
This time, West got the ball first and Belhumeur rambled in on third down.
"These kids just felt that they deserved to win, "West coach John Olsen said. "They just had a lot of belief that they could and just did an outstanding job."
The Vikings threatened to make it a runaway early, scoring two touchdowns 33 seconds apart for a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
West punted on its first possession, and on North's first play from scrimmage, Santos sprinted 87 yards for a TD and a 7-0 lead.
On West's next play from scrimmage, quarterback Mike Sissel was intercepted by Jason Boord — one of his three — who returned it 32 yards to make it 14-0 four minutes into the contest.
"We had such an emotional game last week with South Salem and it was hard to come back and get fired up," Sissel said of the slow start.
Olsen was worried about his team before the game.
"The kids were real nervous before the game," he said. "Because of the big win last week and the short week to prepare, I think the kids were nervous that they weren't at a high emotional level. They were playing like they were a little scared."
The Bulldogs eventually got their veer offense in gear with Strickland, who ran for 136 yards, and fullback Belhumeur. Strickland's other touchdowns came on runs of 18 and one yard.
Belhumeur chipped in 98 yards rushing as West rolled up 268 yards on the ground.
The Bulldogs were intercepted four times but countered with five thefts of their own. Brian Lindley and Brandon Keubrich had two interceptions each.
Olsen, trying to get his team revved up before the game, promised he would shave his head if it beat North Salem. The idea came up when John Hunter, one of his assistants, showed up at practice with a flat-top.
"I brought him (Hunter) out on the practice field and the kids were all giving him a hard time, so I said, 'If you guys shut North Salem out, I'll get a haircut just like that," Olsen said.
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