McNabb has a blast at East-West game
Tribe coach Sean McNabb uses his offense; Paul Revis emerges a leader
Scappoose football coach Sean McNabb and family were out exploring the wilds of Eastern Oregon this week, enjoying a little family time following his successful head coaching stint in the East-West Shrine game.
McNabb said he thoroughly enjoyed the 10 days he spent with the team.
It was a really great experience, McNabb said. I loved every minute of it. The kids came in not knowing each other and not knowing us. They started feeling good around each other and getting to know the offense.
He said the players excelled at Scappooses spread, no-huddle offense.
The game was a lot of fun to coach, he added. It was amazing how well they picked up on the offense. Some of them played 8-man, some double wing, and most hadnt played no-huddle, but we had some great kids and great athletes.
After giving up an opening kickoff touchdown to Bakers Dane Bachman, the West controlled the game much of the way.
We had a few lulls in the second quarter, and didnt put the ball in the end zone in the third, McNabb noted.
The team came back from the early deficit to quickly forge a lead, and when they fell behind later they again scored two more quick touchdowns, finally winning, 33-23.
Grant Schroeder of Santiam Christian was the top quarterback in the contest, completing 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards. Madras Devin Ceciliani caught two of those for 72 and 50 yards and two scores. Zach Olson of Banks was also on the receiving end of a touchdown pass. Forest Garcia of Dayton was the closer with a go-ahead touchdown, and a capper in the second half.
I knew I had some good kids in the Cowapa League, a couple from Astoria, Paul Revis (from Scappoose), Lucas Clark of Seaside, and some from Clatskanie and Rainier, McNabb noted.
Shaine Warren of Clatskanie provided a few huge defensive backfield plays for the West team. Derek King of Rainier also had some good plays.
Although he didnt score in the game, one of the biggest impact players for the West was Revis.
I felt bad that Paul didnt score, McNabb said. He played a great game, and not only that but was a great leader all week long. The kids gravitated towards Paul. He played a great game on both sides of the ball. We used him on defense for some big plays.
Revis had three big plays brought back on holding calls. If those plays had stood, the West would have run away with the game.
The Root television announcers said Revis had been giving everyone on the team nicknames. McNabb confirmed that was true.
He said Revis was also the instigator of a little fad at the camp.
The kids all took the bus out to Wal-Mart and the coaches drove, he recalled. It was quite a ways out there, about three miles. When we got there Paul and some of the kids were sitting on the curb. They said the bus had stopped running and they didnt know what to do. They were thinking of taking a taxi back. It was Pauls idea to go back in the store and all buy Razor Scooters. They scooted all the way back to camp. Before we were done all the kids on the West team had scooters. They scootered to practice and everywhere.
That added to the team building a camaraderie. Paul sparked that. It says a lot about him as a person and how the other players gravitated towards him.
Revis was a leader on the field as well. While not scoring, it seemed that on just about every big play on offense or defense his number was right in the thick of things.
It was a memorable week, McNabb said. A lot of these kids will keep in touch and a lot of them will be playing on the same team together.
This was McNabbs second stint as a head coach in the game he coached back in 2000 as well.
Meanwhile, McNabb said he was thoroughly enjoying the back country in northeastern Oregon. The family had been to Enterprise, Flora (a ghost town), Elgin, Troy, and Pendleton. He noted they spent the night in a teepee in a canyon near Troy.
Next week is Spirit Week at Scappoose High and the lead-up to the 2013 season begins.