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Scappoose hosts Roosevelt Friday in football opener

The Indians had a good scrimmage and now face a team with a huge offensive line and great speed


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Carson Davison carries the ball for big yards during last Saturday’s scrimmage in Scappoose. Davidson is expected to see a good deal of action this Friday when Scappoose hosts Roosevelt in the first game of the season.The Scappoose Indians think they will be ready for Friday’s home game with Roosevelt, but know the Roughriders won’t be the piece of cake they were just a few years ago.

“The scrimmage was good,” Tribe Coach Sean McNabb said. “I was pleased with the energy level and enthusiasm. The kids were excited and it was fairly equal teams. We split the line equally and it ended in a 35-35 tie. We do have a lot of things to fix.”

“We had some alignment and execution mistakes, butwe can fix that,” McNabb added. “Michael Lohman played really well on defense and made a lot of tackles. He also did well on offense. Carson Davidson played well on offense. Paul Revis was always in position to score. Zach Fry played well at running back.”

That scrimmage and good practices this week leads McNabb to believe the Tribe is ready for the opener.

McNabb hasn’t seen any current game film but expects to see a team with size and a lot of speed. The Roughriders run a spread offense like Scappoose out of the shotgun and I-Back and also use a 3-5 defense similar to Scappoose. Roosevelt just moved into the 5A ranks this year, coming off an independent 4A schedule.

“I know they are fast,” McNabb said. “They are tremendously big up front and have a good corps of linemen, many of them going 260 (pounds) up front. They have a lot of speed, but I don’t know how much depth they have. It’s a great match-up for us to see where we are at.”

The coach felt Scappoose would be able to hold their own on offense.

“The big thing offensively is to be able to get the no-huddle tempo running effectively from sideline to sideline. We want to establish a nice tempo and wear them out. Defensively, our kids run pretty well and we have a lot of speed. This will be a great game to play—Roosevelt does have a lot of weapons,” he said.

McNabb is adding to his own arsenal, and the team is coming together.

“We have some kids that are starting to come around. Paul Revis is our leading offensive player back. Teams will double team him and try and keep the ball out of his hands. Kyle Kramer is playing really well and had a great camp. He can keep the pressure off Paul and vice versa,” the coach said.

The quarterback situation isn’t expected to sort itself out until later this week. McNabb liked his options. Juniors Lionel Sandoval and Taylor Loss are both candidates to start.

“Both are getting equal reps and both are doing some good things,” McNabb noted. “Lionel is throwing better and runs the ball well. Taylor Loss is learning the offense. We’ll decide later in the week.”

The Roosevelt game will serve as a testing ground for Scappoose. The team is pretty young, but showed a lot of potential in their scrimmage.

“We’ll play a lot of guys. I feel confident in our No. 1 and No. 2 players. All are going to have a chance to compete, play and battle for positions,” McNabb said. “We’ll be ready. I feel good about it. I’m an optimistic person and I like the effort so far. Football is a grind mentally. We feel good about where we’re at right now. We want to improve and get better every day.”