SOU's football season ends

Colfax High grad Michael Olson scores TD
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Southern Oregon’s NAIA football playoff run ended in dramatic fashion last Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.

Playing undefeated Morningside College – the nation’s No. 3 ranked team – in the second round of the NAIA playoffs, the Raiders dropped a dramatic 47-44 contest in overtime to have their season come to a sudden end.

Southern Oregon, which finished 9-3 overall on the year, scored a field goal to take a 44-41 lead to begin the overtime but Morningside rallied to throw a touchdown pass to secure the win.

For 2007 Colfax High graduate Michael Olson, the game marked the end of a brilliant two-year career for the Raiders. Olson, a second-team, all-Frontier Conference pick, rushed four times in the game for 21 yards and scored a touchdown.

The touchdown, coming on a two-yard run in the first quarter, was Olson’s 24th of the season, ranking him among the NAIA national scoring leaders.

Olson finished the year with 1,522 all-purpose yards after rushing for 173 yards on 72 carries and scoring 15 touchdowns, catching passes for 835 yards, and adding 514 more yards on punts and kickoff returns.