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Indians search for answers

Tribe can't muster much offense in 49-6 loss to Banks
by: John Brewington ON THE MOVE—Scappoose’s Stephen Bowe goes low for a catch during Friday’s game at Banks.

The Scappoose Indians were left looking for some answers and hoping to salvage something out of Friday's embarrassing 49-6 loss at Banks.

'Football is an emotional sport and it hurts to lose like that,' Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said. 'Things didn't go well for us.'

The coach couldn't recall the last time Scappoose got beat so badly. The coaching staff just didn't see it coming. The Indians had rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense a week earlier against Astoria, and had made even their losses close contests in the previous five weeks.

'We had a definite let down all the way across the board. We did not play well as a team; we did not prepare the team well as coaches,' McNabb said.

He noted that Banks has given the Indians problems for the last four years, but that Scappoose still had been in each of those games.

Friday, Banks scored the first two times they had the ball, while Scappoose went three and out. An interception deep in Scappoose territory to start the second quarter resulted in a quick Banks turn around for a touchdown. Banks would make it 28-0 with another tally just before the half.

McNabb didn't blame the officials for Scappoose's problems. The officiating crew threw frequent flags on both sides of the ball. The Indians had one long play, a pitchout from quarterback Cody Stutzer to Stephen Bowe, called back on a penalty. The ruling was that Stutzer was beyond the line. It was particularly infuriating to Scappoose because the pass appeared to have been backwards and that can occur anywhere on the field. Game films would later clearly show it was a bad call. Another non-call on a helmet-to-helmet contact against the Tribe's Paul Revis would result in a frustrated McNabb being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct (arguing). Revis sat out the rest of the game.

The Indians would finally show some offensive signs of life midway through the third quarter. A 22-yard run by Stutzer, a 10-yard pass to A.J. Fazio, and a 14-yard pass for the score to Bowe finally got Scappoose on board.

It was not Scappoose's night however. Banks' Grayson Partain returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards to the Tribe 11 and scored on the next play. They would add two more touchdowns for good measure.

'We have to toughen up during adverse times-one of the most important things is how you respond to it,' McNabb said. 'The players will bounce back. We'll keep our heads up as players, coaches, as well as parents and fans.

'We're still finding ourselves as a team. We didn't know what to expect coming into the season with so many inexperienced players moving up. We were not sure how kids were going to play and how'd we do with three sophomores starting. Some of our kids have done some great things,' McNabb said. 'Now we want to come back and play well against YC (Yamhill-Carlton), grab the No. 3 playoff spot and make it into the round of 16 in the playoffs.'

The Homecoming game with Yamhill-Carlton is in Scappoose on Thursday. There is no school Friday, but the Homecoming dance will be held on Friday night.

SCORING

Scappoose 0 0 6 0-6

Banks 13 15 7 14-49

B-Dakota Kemper 8 yard run (Aaron Streblow kick)

B-Zach Olsen 15 yard pass from Shea Rue (kick failed)

B-Chance Cauley 1 yard run (2 point conversion good)

B-Rue 15 yard pass from Zach Olson (Streblow kick)

Sc-Stephen Bowe 18 yard pass from Cody Stutzer (kick failed)

B-Kemper 11 yard run (Streblow kick)

B-Kemper 70 yard run (Streblow kick)

B-Grayson Partain 12 yard run (Streblow kick)

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Opponent: Yamhill-Carlton Tigers

Record: 1-5

Last opponent: Lost to Astoria, 48-20

Ranking: 35th

Offense: I-Back, some single back with a lot of play action bootleg

Defense: 3-3, 3-4, Cover 2

Quote:

'Their go-to guy is No. 21 (Donovan Blake). They have a good receiver in No. 7 (Shawn Kirby) and a nose guard who can give us some big trouble. They have some big interior linemen. We haven't been running the ball particularly well and we have to get back to doing that.'

-Sean McNabb