Tribe leads 34-8 by halftime and cruises to second win of season
The Scappoose Indians didnt let much slow them down in a 34-point first half at Rainier on Friday, and they cruised to a 40-22 victory.
The Indians went into the contest with two of their big weapons, Paul Revis and Carson Davison, nursing some minor injuries. Both would be used sparingly, but effectively in the first half.
We knew Paul and Carson were both questionable, Coach Sean McNabb said. Paul had a toe that was kind of bothering him. He got in there and caught a pass and the adrenaline kicked in. He went out after he scored his second touchdown.
Revis had the first two scores of the game, one a five-yard pass from Taylor Loss and the other a 25-yard pass, plus a pass for the conversion. Davison also had a 24-yard carry on the 12-play first drive.
Rainier threatened to make a ball game of it when they returned the opening kickoff 90 yards, but a penalty brought the ball back to the Rainier 40. Scappooses defense held and they marched down one more time.
Rainier would fumble the kickoff away on the ensuing drive and Devin Ray pounced on it for the Tribe. Three plays later, Zach Fry waltzed the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. Fry would take the bulk of the carries after the next score.
Zach runs hard and we wanted to get him some experience, McNabb said.
A 23-yard pass to Revis, a pass to Oman, a nine-yard carry by Davison, and an eight-yard run by quarterback Loss accounted for the fourth score and a 26-0 lead.
Loss would complete 10 of his first 11 passes in the contest, and 17 of 28 for the game and 209 yards. He had four touchdown passes.
Rainier is not a big throwing team, McNabb said, but they hurt us a bit. We responded well to their smash mouth (running game) defensively. Defensively the guys played well and did a good job of stopping a team that runs the ball really well. The game will help us when we face Banks in a couple of weeksthey run the ball really well.Rainier was finally able to get their offense working late midway through the second quarter after recovering a Tribe fumble at the Scappoose 41. Two big runs took them down to the Scappoose 4. They lost yardage on four plays, but on fourth down they went to the air for the first time and connected with an 11-yard pass from Oliver Bolden to Clay Wimmer.
Towards the end of the half, Scappoose took over at the Rainier 34 on downs. Just 38 seconds remained until halftime. Loss hit Mick Vanek on a 16-yard pass, Kyle Kramer on a 14-yarder, and then found Taylor Thomas for nine yards and the score. Just 1.2 seconds remained on the clock.
As much as Rainier ran in the first half, passing only three times, they went mostly to the pass in the second half. They passed on every down to start the second half, until they ran in the ball from the 16.
Scappoose had several of their starters out in the second half, but spent time driving the ball and running down the clock. Rainier would score one more time on a 25-yard pass play. Scappoose added their last score on a pass to Kyle Kramer on the first play of the fourth quarter. The two teams had traded interceptions at the end of the third.
McNabb wasnt quite thrilled with the Scappoose play in the second half.
When you have a lead like that youve got to play like champions, play hard from start to finish. We did some good things. We did a really good job of shutting down their running game, he noted.
Rainier has made the 3A semifinals the last three years, winning the state title two years ago. This year they have a new coach, and suited up around 30 kids for the game.
While the contest was starting to look pretty close after Rainier scored in the third, the Indians tacked on another score to put it out of reach, and then shut off the Rainier attack for most of the fourth. Rainier would get just one more first down, and also throw an interception that was returned 40 yards by Matt Shoun. Scappoose would just drive the ball and run out the clock.
Central in town Friday
The Indians face a familiar foe in Central this Friday in their last non-league encounter of the regular season.
Central is 1-1 on the season. They beat Dallas in their opener and then lost to Sweet Home last week, 21-16. Central didnt play a game before Labor Day.
Weve had some great games over the years, McNabb said. In the last 14 years weve played them at least that many times. I know we played twice in two of those years.
McNabb said he and Central Coach Shane Hedrick were both players at Central. The Panthers also have retired Western Oregon University Coach Duke Iverson coaching quarterbacks.
We have to make sure they dont throw the football. They have good receivers and a good quarterback. They do a good job of throwing and a good job of movement. They have a good kid at running back, McNabb noted.
McNabb feels the Indians are improving with each game. McNabb said rookie quarterback Taylor Loss has a better understanding of the offense each week.
We add a little bit more each week. Hes a good athlete and a basketball player, too, McNabb said. Overall he said the team is getting better and doing the things he wants them to do.
Were a little banged up right now. Well rest a few guys this week and try to get healthy, he concluded.
Scappoose 20 14 0 640
Estacada 0 8 14 1320
ScPaul Revis 5 yard pass from Taylor Loss (run failed)
ScRevis 25 yard pass from Loss (Revis pass from Loss)
ScZach Fry 12 yard run (kick failed)
ScLoss 8 yard run (pass failed)
RClay Wimmer 11 yard pass from Oliver Bolden (Parker Dean run)
ScTaylor Thomas 9 yard pass from Loss (Kyle Kramer pass from Loss)
RKing 16 yard run (run failed)
RDevyn Heflin 25 yard pass from Bolden (Bolden run)
ScKramer 14 yard pass from Loss (run failed)