Another comeback falls just a little bit short
- John Brewington
- South County Spotlight - Sports
Tribe is down 41-6 to Astoria before they make a game of it
The Scappoose Indians need to find out whatever magic seems to occur when they appear down and out, and use it a little bit sooner.
Friday, the team found itself down 41-6 at Astoria before they quickly scored three straight touchdowns and were within less than two TDs of a win. They finally lost 48-34.
The Tribe was flat out of the gate, didn't have any answer for Astoria quarterback Conor Harber, and seemed to be watching more than playing. All that changed three minutes into the third quarter, but it was a classic case of too little, too late.
'It was an exciting ball game,' Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said. 'We seem to find a way to make it interesting. We definitely didn't start very fast. We didn't play with a lot of intensity and not much confidence.'
McNabb said he was impressed by Harber. 'Conor Harber is arguably the best athlete in the state. When he is out in open space he is tough to tackle and tie up. When we did get there, we didn't finish,' the coach said.
The Indians weren't totally out of the contest at the start, but did fall quickly behind. Astoria got a good return off the initial kickoff and started on their own 47. Harber drove the team right down the field in five plays, connecting on a nine-yard pass for the score. The conversion failed and it was 6-0. Later in the quarter, Astoria had a long drive, converting a fourth down and Harber took it in from the nine. It was 13-0.
The Indians did respond in the first quarter, driving from their own 41. A 19-yard pass from Cody Stutzer to Paul Revis got them to the four-yard line, where Darone Jacob took it in.
Astoria upped the ante with a 39-yard score on the first play of the second quarter. Midway through the second, Harber found Kai Vaughn for another score. A couple minutes later Harber connected with Josh Ferguson on a 27-yard score. It was 34-6 at the break.
Scappoose was down 41-7 early in the third after an interception and another Astoria touchdown.
Then things changed very quickly. Stutzer found Revis open and he scampered 56-yards for just the second Scappoose score of the game. The Tribe trailed 41-12.
The Tribe defense stood up and shut down Astoria. A Stutzer pass was intercepted by Harber, but after a big sack of the Astoria quarterback, Revis intercepted him and returned it around 15 yards. Stutzer then hit Jacob for four, Revis for 10 and Stephen Bowe for 15 and the score. It was a 41-18 game.
Scappoose stopped Astoria again. Stutzer threw to A.J. Fazio for 13, Revis for 8 and 10, Fazio for 7, and then connected with Fazio again for 54 yards and the score. Stutzer found Bowe in the end zone for two points. It was a 41-26 game.
Scappoose got the ball back, but bogged down at their own 42. Astoria chose to work on the clock, and then Haber broke lose for 39 yards. He next connected on a 31-yard pass for a touchdown, Astoria kicked the PAT and it was all but over.
The Indians responded with another score, a 26-yard pass to Joe Nelson, but time was short and they couldn't get any closer.
'I don't know what the turning point for us was,' McNabb said. 'I guess we figured we had nothing to lose so why not go out and play hard. We got some big plays on the offense and the guys got after their quarterback with a lot of pressure and forced them to punt. We weren't very aggressive at first, perhaps worried about making mistakes. We weren't very confident at first. We've got to get to thinking we're one of the best football teams in the sate and not wait until we get our backs against the wall to start playing.'
'I thought Cody Stutzer played a pretty good game. Paul Revis was really good at receiver (12 catches, 190 yards). A.J. Fazio (73 receiving yards) and Joe Nelson (26) did some good things and gave us the ability to stretch the field. It was good to have Luke Mills back, Josh Marquardt did well, and Grayson Schillereff plays well every week,' McNabb said.
Scappoose travels to Banks this week to play for their first Cowapa League win. Banks is 3-1 on the season and coming off a 45-15 victory over Tillamook.
'Banks is a very solid team, but don't have a lot of real flashy players. They are solid across the board. They are well coached and don't turn the ball over much. They do a good job of running the ball,' McNabb said.
'We have a good football team team,' he added. 'We have to start believing we are one of the top teams in the state. We've shown signs of that in the season. I like the way we fight and battle. We have got to have more confidence in our play.'
Scappoose 6 0 20 8-26
Central 13 21 7 7-48
A-Josh Ferguson 9 yard pass from Conor Harber (kick failed)
A-Harber 6 yard run (Harber kick)
Sc-Darone Jacob 4 yard run (kick failed)
A-Wyatt Wullger 39 yard run (Harber kick)
A-Kai Vaughn 12 yard pass from Harber (Harber kick)
A-Ferguson 27 yard pass from Harber (Harber kick)
A-Wullger 9 yard run (Harber kick)
Sc-Paul Revis 56 yard pass from Cody Stutzer (kick failed)
Sc-Stephen Bowe 15 yard pass from Stutzer
Sc-A.J. Fazio 54 yard pass from Stutzer (Stephen Bowe pass from Stutzer)
A-Dillon Smith 31 yard pass from Harber (Harber kick)
Sc-Joe Nelson 26 yard pass from Stutzer (Bowe pass from Stutzer)
Opponent: Banks Braves
Last Opponent: Beat Tillamook 45-15
Offense: Pistol shot gun, power toss, sweep
Defense: 3-3, aggressive
'We have to hold onto the football, establish our run game and do a good job of stopping their run game. We have to force them to pass and take them out of their comfort zone. We can not give up big plays.'