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Union advances to state finals with comeback win over Puyallup

Titans fight back from a 14-point second-half deficit in Saturday semifinal

VANCOUVER — The Union Titans did it again.

Only this time meant so much more.

Union rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and beat Puyallup 35-28 Saturday at McKenzie Stadium and will play for the Class 4A state championship next week in the Tacoma Dome.

Union quarterback Lincoln Victor (5) breaks away from a pair of Puyallup defenders Saturday. Victor scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:52 left to play to lead the Titans to a 35-28 win in the Class 4A state semifinals at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union quarterback Lincoln Victor (5) breaks away from a pair of Puyallup defenders Saturday. Victor scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:52 left to play to lead the Titans to a 35-28 win in the Class 4A state semifinals at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

Lincoln Victor scored on a 16-yard run with 2:52 to play, giving the Titans the final 21 points of this state semifinal game.

Union did the same thing to the Vikings in Week 5 of the regular season, scoring the final 21 points in a 38-31 victory.

This time, this win, sends Union to the finals.

Victor passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns, plus rushed for 83 yards and the game-winner.

Jojo Siofele had 108 yards receiving, including a 70-yard touchdown reception. Alex Jackson caught two touchdown passes.

Story will be updated Saturday evening.

Union linebacker Joshua Joo (29) tackles a Puyallup ball carrier Saturday during the Titans’ victory in the Class 4A state semifinals at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union linebacker Joshua Joo (29) tackles a Puyallup ball carrier Saturday during the Titans’ victory in the Class 4A state semifinals at McKenzie Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

UNION 35, PUYALLUP 28

Puyallup 14 7 7 0 — 28

Union 7 7 7 14 — 35

First quarter

U — Jojo Siofele 70 pass from Lincoln Victor (Christian Alcorn kick)

P — Kyle Cramer 7 run (Carter Pierce kick)

P — Justin Haase 17 pass from Jacob Holcomb (Pierce kick)

Second quarter

P — Holcomb 42 run (Pierce kick)

U — Alec Jackson 45 pass from Victor (Alex Koga kick)

Third quarter

P — Haase 33 pass from Holcomb

U — Jackson 19 pass from Victor (Alcorn kick)

Fourth quarter

U — Nile Jones 2 run (Koga kick)

U — Victor 16 run (Koga kick)

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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