North Salem's Erick Gonzalez (3) catches a touchdown during the second quarter against Liberty at Wilsonville High School on Nov. 18.

When North Salem started the season, they didn’t know what to expect. 

They returned talent and experience from a Class 5A state playoff team last season, but now the Vikings were back at 6A. 

“Our coaching staff is just trying to give our kids the most positive experience and get them to play as well as they can,” North Salem head football coach Jeff Flood said. “And this is the culmination of that effort.” 

By any measure, this season has been a success for the Vikings, who face Westview at 11 a.m. Friday in the Columbia Cup final at Hillsboro Stadium.

That showdown is the Statesman Journal’s final Game of the Week this season. 

The Vikings are 8-4, including 3-0 in the postseason. 

North Salem went 5-4 in the regular season, with wins against Roosevelt, David Douglas, Roseburg, McNary and West Salem. Their losses were to North Medford, Grants Pass, Sprague and South Salem. 

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