Sprague's Drew Rodriguez (7) runs after a catch against Roseburg during the first quarter of the game at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

This just feels like a big game for both teams. 

Sprague is 3-3 coming off a win, and North Salem is 4-2 coming off a loss. 

The Olympians host the Vikings at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, and this is the Statesman Journal Game of the Week. 

“This week we’re expecting a tough game. Coming into this, we know we gotta be all in and focused,” North Salem senior Josiah Davis said. “Only three days of practice, then a game on Thursday. Every practice snap matters.”

North Salem is coming off an 18-14 loss Friday to Grants Pass. 

The Vikings are 2-2 in Special District 1, with wins against Roseburg and McNary, and losses to North Medford and Grants Pass. 

North Salem is scoring 25.8 points per game, and allowing 9.1 points per game. 

As of this week, the Vikings are No. 25 in the OSAA rankings. 

Sprague also is 2-2 in the league, with wins against Roseburg and West Salem, and losses to South Medford and Sheldon. 

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