North Salem vs. McKay

North Salem Vikings @ McKay Royal Scots

Friday, September 28, 2018 7:00 PM

McKay has held the upper hand in this clash of Oregon gridiron Titans since 1981, the third year of the series. But, for just the second time in the 39-year history of the football struggle, North Salem has won four of five encounters in one of Oregon’s Blackest and Bluest football fights in the state.

Is the pendulum beginning to swing in North Salem’s favor? Or will McKay step out onto its home field turf in late September and take the momentum back? Only time will tell. But we can tell you this. These two programs love hitting each other.

North Salem shutout it’s crosstown rival 20-0 in 1979, the series opener. But, the Vikings dropped the next four battles by a combined 113-50 before upending the Royal Scots 12-0 in 1984. McKay went on to build its series lead to 23-9 following a 42-36 triumph over the Vikings in 2010 only to see North Salem bounce back and take five of the past seven meetings by an average score of 26-21.

While blowout wins have materialized in this harshest of gridiron slugfests, close games have been the norm. North Salem and the Royal Scots have stayed within 10 points of each other 16 times, and they’ve decided 22 contests by two touchdowns or less.

Neither of these programs have qualified for the playoffs since 2010, so getting the best of each other on the football field has had to calm some football withdrawals for the Royal Scots and Vikings. While North Salem expects to remain on its roll and eventually take the series lead, McKay’s 2018 game plan is to shut down the Vikings and escape with another win before North Salem can inch any closer.

A capacity crowd of 2,400-3000 boisterous football fans are expected to fill McKay High School Field Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. So arrive early and support these two gridiron foes as they embark on what should be another nail-biting football encounter.

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North Salem

North Salem Vikings

Salem, OR

North Salem High School, home of the Vikings, is located about three miles southwest of McKay High School on Market Street and Sunnyview Road in Marion County, Oregon. Hosting about 1,850 football frenzied students, the Vikings will compete in Class 5A, Oregon’s second largest classification.

Viking coach Jeff Flood took over for Robert Cary in 2008 and is 20-77 during his time at North Salem with a playoff appearance in 2010. Over the years, the Vikings played their way into 14 postseason berths, including seven playoff runs since first taking the field against McKay. North Salem is 10-12-3 in postseason play, including a 7-7 state championship tie with Grant in 1963.

The Vikings took the series lead in this rumble on the football field with a 20-0 win in 1979 before earning their second win in 1984. North Salem went back-to-back against the Royal Scots in 1987 and 1988 and took three straight contests beginning in 1996 and again in 2013. Through the years, the Vikings have posted three shutouts over McKay and held the Royal Scots to 10 points or less eight times.

Having won five of the last seven duels with the neighbor the Vikings abhor, Flood seems to have discovered the formula for success in this annual hostile football encounter. Flood, who is 5-5 against McKay, won’t settle for splitting with the Royal Scots. He and the Vikings want to wreck McKay every time they step foot on the football field with them.

When North Salem travels to McKay in late September, odds are the postseason fate of the Vikings and Royal Scots will still be up in the air. North Salem, however, doesn’t need additional motivation when it comes to stepping onto the turf at McKay High School Field and taking it to the despised Royal Scots.


McKay Royal Scots

Salem, OR

McKay High School, home of the Royal Scots is located about 66 miles north of Eugene on Interstate 5 in Marion County, Oregon. With more than 2,300 football crazy students passing by each other on their way to class everyday, the Royal Scots will compete in Class 5A, Oregon’s second largest classification.

Royal Scot coach Josh Riddell took over for Brett Rhodes in 2016 and tasted success against North Salem right away, winning 35-9 that first year. After guiding the Royal Scots to a 5-13 record collectively in 2016 and 2017, Riddell hopes to break McKay’s seven-year playoff drought in 2018. McKay has participated in postseason play 16 times since opening its doors in 1979, winning two games in 18 tries.

After dropping the series opener in 1979, McKay took four straight contests from their detested neighbor and then claimed a series high seven straight wins over the Vikings beginning in 1989. The Royal Scots earned wins over the Vikings in 13 of their first 17 tries. McKay took five straight battles from 2006-2010 and now leads the series 25-14.

McKay, who has posted four shutouts over the Vikings and held North Salem to 10 points or less 10 times, has outscored its rivalry counterparts 898-708 collectively. McKay is not used to splitting 10 games with North Salem, the opponent they despise the most – even if they have outscored the Vikings 270-253 since 2008.

When it comes to Viking encounters, McKay is accustomed to laying it on the line and coming away victorious. So when North Salem comes calling in September, the Royal Scots expect to defend their turf and begin a new rivalry era by manhandling the Vikings one more time.