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Indians come up short against Baker

Tribe offense sputters against Baker in playoffs


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Paul Revis goes high for a pass during Saturday's game with Baker as Darren Dolby (5) tries to defend. This one slipped out of Revis' grasp and the Indians fell to Baker, 22-0.The Scappoose Indians needed a little spark on Saturday, and they never really found it in a 22-0 4A quarterfinal playoff loss to Baker.

The Tribe offense that had racked up 432 points in 10 games and catapulted itself to a 9-1 record and the top spot in the OSAA power rankings couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities against Baker.

“We couldn’t seem to create any momentum for ourselves,” Scappoose Coach Sean McNabb said. “We were waiting for that one play to get over the hump. In our type of offense you need that and we never achieved it.”

Baker didn’t roll over the Tribe, the Indians just didn’t make the crucial plays when they needed to. Dropped balls and inopportune penalties stymied the Scappoose offense.

“Baker is a solid team and a classy program. We knew going into it they had a solid program and were well coached. They had their day and we didn’t do the things we needed to do,” McNabb said.

The Indians were three and out on their first three possessions. Baker didn’t do much better in the first period. The Tribe shut down their first possession, stopped them on downs deep in Scappoose territory, and Paul Revis intercepted a pass on their next series.

Baker would finally score on their first possession of the second quarter. They took over with an interception and drove half the field in eight plays. Quarterback Braden Phillips took the ball in from the six. Ben Baxter ran it in for the two-point conversion.

The Indians came back with a bit of a drive, moving the ball from their own 37 to the Baker 26. Quarterback Taylor Loss had an 18-yard run, and Kyle Kramer hauled in a pass for 14 yards. Another interception ended the threat. Neither team scored again in the half, but Baker did drive the ball into Tribe territory before time expired.

“We didn’t execute when we needed to,” McNabb lamented. “We’d get a little bit of spark, but then get a penalty and find ourselves in second or third and long. The rain made it tough, but we weren’t able to make the plays when we needed to.”

The game was still within Scappoose’s reach at halftime, but Baker made it tougher with a score on the opening drive of the second half. The Tribe kicked onsides, but Baker recovered and took nine plays to drive the ball down the field. Braden Phillips slipped loose from the 17 for the score. The run for the two-point conversion failed.

Keyed by a 31-yard pass from Loss to Carson Davison, the Indians drove the ball deep into Baker territory, but turned over the ball on downs at the 23.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - 'Scappoose's Lionel Sandoval has Baker's Ben Baxter (34) corraled for a loss during Saturday's game.

The Indians’ defense stuffed Baker in four downs, and Revis had a 30-yard-plus return, but the ball was punched loose and Baker recovered. They ate up most of the remainder of the third period driving the ball to the Scappoose 18, before being stopped on downs.

The Indians suffered another blow late in the third when Revis was gouged (inadvertently) in the eye and left the game. Tribe hopes appeared bleak without their top player.

Scappoose’s offensive efforts faltered again and Baker took the kick at their own 36. The Bulldogs would take nearly six minutes to drive the ball down the field and take it in for an insurance touchdown. Trent Taylor ran it over from the three and also carried in the conversion.

Scappoose threw an interception on the next play and Baker ran out the clock.

“We kept waiting to make some momentum,” McNabb added. “Paul (Revis) had a great return to get some momentum and we turned it over. We had another couple nice runs, but illegal procedure penalties. I’m a firm believer that you create you own breaks. Every time we did something, something happened to counter it.”

McNabb was proud of the season the team had.

“Going in, not a lot of people gave us a chance to win the league title,” he said. “Nobody thought Taylor Loss would throw 34 TD passes. The kids stepped up all year. We had team chemistry—the kids enjoy being around each other and have the commitment it takes. I’m really proud of these guys and all the things they did to be successful.”

McNabb was really proud of the effort Revis had this past season. Revis played multiple positions on both offense and defense. He had 30 touchdowns, including pass receptions, rushing, and interception returns. He was also a big part of the defense.

“He’ll go down as one of the best ever at Scappoose High School and one of the best in the Cowapa League,” McNabb said. “When you talked about past players only a few come to mind and he’ll be one of those guys. He’s a great football player and a great competitive athlete. He does all those things and is very instinctive. He’s grown up just playing and being involved. He’s the kind of kid that if he’s not playing on a team, he’ll find a pick-up game.”

Revis has said that he wants to play Division I football, and McNabb thought he may be able to, but will have to go out as a walk-on. The coach thought he may be able to come up out of the JuCo ranks and transfer to a Division 1 school. He thought lower division schools would also be looking at him.

McNabb said he was also pleased with the support he got from the school administration, the community, and the parents. “We couldn’t do anything without all of them,” he said. “There’s a lot of positive thinking. We can accomplish a lot when we have parental support.”

Scoring

Baker 22, Scappoose 0

Baker 0 8 6 8—22

Scappoose 0 0 0 0—0

B—Braden Phillips 6 run (Ben Baxter run)

B—Braden Phillips 17 run (run failed)

B—Trent Taylor 3 run (Taylor run)

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Quarterback Taylor Loss hands off to Carson Davison (1) during Saturday's game with Baker.