Siofele rushes for 285 yards, 4 TDs as Union beats Heritage

By Micah Rice, Columbian sports editor

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The Union Titans train keeps on rolling.

Its head engine, a 215-pound locomotive named Leon Siofele, keeps gaining steam.

Clark County’s leading rusher had 285 yards and four touchdowns as Union rolled over Heritage, 41-0, Friday at McKenzie Stadium.

Union’s win on the opening week of Class 4A Greater St. Helens League play was its third in a row. The Titans (4-1, 1-0) didn’t allow Heritage (2-3, 0-1) within 30 yards of the end zone until the final play of the third quarter.

Siofele had touchdown runs of 49, 29, 25 and 8 yards. Siofele leads all Clark County players in rushing yards (1,070) and rushing TDs (11).

“My mindset was to keep pushing,” Siofele said. “We were trying to play at a fast tempo.”

For Siofele, getting rolling was made easier by an offensive line that cleared the way. Siofele singled out starting linemen Josh Lee, Aaron Anderson, Tate Nelson, Connor Wong and Noah Campbell.

“It pumps us up seeing him break tackles,” said Anderson, a 275-pound senior guard. “It gets us going seeing him go.”

Nine of Siofele’s 23 carries went for 10 yards or longer, including six of his first eight. By halftime, the senior had 149 yards on 14 carries as the Titans methodically built a 24-0 lead.

UNION 41, HERITAGE 0

Heritage – 0 0 0 0--0

Union –10 14 14 3 --41

First quarter

U – Leon Siofele 29 run (Sterling Ransom kick)

U – FG, John Zavala 31

Second quarter

U – Siofele 8 run (Ransom kick)

U – Ethan Beniga 49 pass from Nolan Henry (Ransom kick)

Third quarter

U – Siofele 49 run (Ransom kick)

U – Siofele 25 run (Ransom kick)

Fourth quarter

U – FG, Zavala 37

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Heritage: Jay Allen 13-83, Tiger Geeslin 14-76, Standiford 5-minus 17. Union: Siofele 23-285, Caleb Browning 4-3, Henry 7-63, Beniga 2-1.

PASSING – Heritage: Loren Standiford 14-31-146. Union: Henry 8-12-130.

RECEIVING – Heritage: E’Lon Mack 5-36, Nick Somboun 1-10, Victor Duran 6-70, Roberto Cuneta 1-11, Jarod Luedecker 1-9. Union: Alex Berfanger 1-11, Tyler Dionne 2-20, Thomas Lampkin 1-20, Beniga 3-63, Siofele 1-16.