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Indians start prepping for new season

Indians reloading quick draw offense; team practices begin with Spirit Week Aug. 12


The Scappoose Indians are gearing up for a 2013 run at the state football title.

Coach Sean McNabb was off this past week in Baker as co-head coach of the West team, but the Indians will hit the weight room again this next week and hold Spirit Week Camp Aug. 12-15.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose High Head Coach Sean McNabb

“We’ve just been doing regular weight room stuff all summer,” McNabb said. “Joe Nowlin has been serving as strength coach and I’ve been there with him helping out.”

The weight room turnout has been good, but McNabb said some of the kids were making a bigger commitment than others.

The Indians recorded their first Cowapa League title in a few years last fall, and were ranked at the top of the state. The lost to eventual champion Baker in the playoffs.

The Tribe took 62 players to the annual football camp at Camp Rilea (near Seaside), July 5-8. They’ll have another 30 or so freshmen turn out this year, and probably a few others that were unable to make the camp.

“I’m happy with it,” McNabb said of the camp. “62 kids is a big turnout. We got a lot done, picked up on a few things, and got to see what we need to work on.”

Spirit Week runs from 8-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. for four days.

Following that, “Daily Doubles” begin Aug. 19, running from 9 a.m. to noon, and 2-5 p.m. About an hour of each session is spent in the classroom. The week is capped with picture day and an inter-squad scrimmage.

The Indians practice from 3-6 p.m. the following week.

Scappoose visits Roosevelt on Aug. 30 for their opener.

The Tribe will go with their same no-huddle, up tempo offense again this season.

“We keep evolving,” McNabb added. “We’ll tweak it a little bit, but basically it’s the same thing.”

McNabb is enthusiastic about the skill already shown by his players.

“I feel good about what we have,” McNabb said. “Leadership is a big part of it. The kids are willing to understand that it’s about the team and not about themselves. We’ve got to have that chemistry. We can do great things if everyone believes in the team. We’ve got some work to do, but we have some great athletes back. We were 9-2 last year—our goal every year is to win the Cowapa League and make a run at state.”

McNabb almost always has his team right in the thick of the Cowapa League race and there is no reason to believe they won’t be there again this year.