The Scappoose Indians football team participated in preseason camp this week, with fitness training in the morning and drills on the field in the afternoons. Full practices with pads and helmets begin on Monday, Aug. 19 with the first contest on Aug. 30 at Roosevelt High School.
Offensive Player Watch
So far, several players have stuck out on the offensive side of the ball. The speed and agility of senior singleback Carson Davidson has been impressive through the week of practice so far. Though pads and helmets arent used until Aug. 19, Davidson wasnt guilty of going less than 100%, outdistancing the defense in drill after drill, and using sticky hands to pull down a number of difficult catches. Justice Oman and Nick Ross, both receivers from last years squad were the two fastest guys on the practice field, according to head coach Sean McNabb.
Last years starting quarterback Taylor Loss returns once again for his senior season. Loss looked comfortable in charge of the offense, as did several of the younger quarterbacks. The Indians havent had injury problems at the quarterback position, but it seems that there is talent behind Loss, should he go down at some point this season.
Most Interesting Moment
The drill focused on the defensive backs ability to read offenses. A pair of linebackers and a safety lined up with both coach McNabb and Taylor Loss throwing passes to four receivers, two on each side. The defensive backs first responsibility was to stop the receiver in the seam and maintain eye contact with the quarterback. Once they could tell that the pass wasnt going deep to the seam receiver, they would move up and attack the hitch.
McNabbs practices are a joy to watch. Even from a distance, you can see that he has the full respect of his players and because of that, there is a sense of structure and pride. The team is very offensively talented even with the loss of star receiver Paul Revis, who will be playing at Western Oregon University this fall.