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Scappoose pulls away from Banks in league showdown

Indians dominate the third quarter of a 48-14 league win

The showdown for Cowapa League football supremacy didn’t turn out to be much of a showdown at all.

Banks hung with Scappoose for two quarters last Friday, but the Braves fell apart in the third, allowing the Indians to score 20 unanswered points in a 48-14 victory.

“We hung with them in the first half. We had our chances,” Banks head coach Ben Buchanan said. “In the third quarter we just kind of ran out of gas. It was an ugly quarter for us.”

Banks trailed only 14-6 late in the first half with a fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, but the Indians stuffed a run behind the line of scrimmage to force a turnover and maintain their lead going into halftime.

After the break, it was all Scappoose.

Johnny Tardif scored on a 4-yard run to put the Indians on top 21-8 late in the third quarter, and David Krupsky went 38 yards for a touchdown less than a minute later. After a Banks punt, the Indians needed only four plays before they found the end zone again, this time on a 24-yard pass from Joey Krupsky to Braden Clark that gave Scappoose a 34-14 advantage.

“They rolled it up on us big time,” Buchanan said. “We gave up some huge plays and they ran the ball at will on us. They exploited us and we got kind of gassed.”

Donny McClean had an 11-yard TD run in the first quarter and Nick Eberhardt kicked a pair of field goals in the second half for Banks, but that was the only scoring the Braves would get.

Scappoose, meanwhile, tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter — a 62-yard pass from backup quarterback Robert Lohman to David Krupsky and an 8-yard run by Elliot Kangas.

Joey Krupsky, Scappoose’s talented senior quarterback, finished the game with 309 total yards, completing 8-of-15 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushing 16 times for 187 yards and another score.

“One of the first things I said to them after the game was, ‘We’ve got to flush this, because we have another huge game this week,’” Buchanan said, referring to Thursday’s home game against resurgent Seaside, which is off to a 4-1 start this season.

“We’ve got to figure out what works for us. We’re three-quarters of the way through the season and I still don’t know what our offensive identity is. It’s frustrating.”

Thursday’s game will kick off at 7 p.m. at Kelly Field.

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