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Indians Football Practice Update

Updates from Scappoose football practice from the week of August 23rd


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Receiver Justice Oman leaps for a ball in traffic during drills on Tuesday. Oman has some of the best hands on the team, according to McNabb, and pulled down a number of difficult passes.

Indians: Tribe ‘ahead of schedule’

Full practices began for Scappoose football on Monday, Aug. 19 with pads and helmets for the first time. A team that returns a host of talent is beginning to round into shape under the tutelage of head coach Sean McNabb, who said the team was ahead of where they were last year at this time. All signs point to Scappoose contending for a league title in November.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Quarterback Taylor Loss throws a pass during practice on Tuesday. Loss showed good accuracy when passing, and strong ability to find the open man.Quarterback watch

Taylor Loss has continued to look good in charge of the offense. His strength and accuracy have been impressive so far, making nearly all of his passes during drills. Most of the passes that weren’t caught were a result of dropped balls or good coverage by the defense. Having Loss back for another year has been a blessing after many years of one-and-done quarterbacks, McNabb said after practice. McNabb also spoke of the team’s depth at the position in case something were to happen mid-season, which is something that Scappoose has lacked in years past.

Offensive player watch

From speed drills to leaping snags, Justice Oman has stuck out this week. Now in his senior season, his quickness and ability to both get to passes and bring them down make Oman a serious threat to opponents’ defenses, and his overall speed allows him to stretch the field and open up holes in the defensive backfield for the run game.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Running back Carson Davison (at left in black) spins past a defender on Tuesday afternoon. Davison has continued to be impressive both on the run and when asked to pick the ball out of the air.Special Teams

Scappoose spent much of Tuesday afternoon working on special teams, and the results weren’t quite as spectacular as the rest of their outfit. Even the more experienced players struggled to hold on to the ball, especially returning punts. The Indians also worked on kick coverage, which didn’t do much to showcase their punting and kickoffs. McNabb has stressed to the younger athletes that making special teams can get them on the varsity bus for away games.

Overall thoughts

A strong and experienced offense led by Loss has been the overall highlight. Their athletic ability and technical skills, coupled with McNabb’s expertise combine for one fearsome beast of an attack. Since many of those same players will see significant time on defense, this team is looking like one which will be harder and harder to beat.