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Indians will open the season 294 miles north against New Westminster at 7 p.m. Friday in British Columbia, Canada

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - From left, Jerad Toman, Mason Smiens, Tevin Jeannis, Tristan Miller and Thomas Greiner run sprints on the first day of practice at Scappoose High School.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Foreground, from left, Ross Parsons, Jimmy Jones and Andrew DeGrande run conditioning drills.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior quarterback Jerad Toman winds up a pass.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior wide receiver Tevin Jeannis pulls in a catch during a receiver drill.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The Indians are back from the first round of Class 4A state with sleek new black uniforms and Revenge Tour t-shirts highlighting in bold the teams they look to repay for last year's regular-season losses.

The Indians have plenty of incentive in their electric charge:

Vengeance.

Scappoose, back from the first round of Class 4A state, fell at Class 5A state quarterfinalist St. Helens, Class 4A runner-up Cottage Grove, play-in rounder Valley Catholic and at home to quarterfinalist Astoria by an average of eight points last year, and all but Astoria, as luck would have it, are home games in an identical schedule this fall.

"It's a huge motivator for us," said Tribe quarterback Jerad Toman, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound returning senior all-leaguer with running back Jimmy Jones (5-11, 190), wide receiver Tevin Jeannis (6-1, 157) and linebacker Ross Parsons (6-1, 190). "Ever since the first day of our workouts, we made it a priority to work harder than any team out there and get revenge on every team we played last season. We all knew that we had to earn it: It wouldn't just be handed to us, we had to earn our season, and it all started with the motto of the Revenge Tour."

The Indians, eager to replace Astoria for their fourth Cowapa League crown in six years, won five games by a 27-point average last fall and gave up fewer points than in their 2015 state championship appearance.

"We are working for perfection," said five-time league co-Coach of the Year Sean McNabb, who shared the honor with Astoria's Howard Rub as the Fishermen won their first title in seven years. "That's how we practice. Perfection is inevitably impossible, but if we shoot for perfection and come up short, we will be pretty darn good."

Scappoose's 18 seniors are six fewer than in 2015.

Toman, Andrew DeGrande (junior, 6-1, 210) and Jakobi Kessi (sophomore, 6-1, 183) lend their talents at quarterback. Jones and Jack Eggers (6-1, 165) lead the running backs, and the Tribe's wide receivers are loaded with Jeannis and seniors Willy Johman (6-1, 175), Benji Davidson (6-1, 160), Jake Gray (6-1, 157), Joe Abbott (6-0, 177), Tristan Miller (6-0, 168), Ryan Warner (5-9, 140) and Steven Hensley (5-9, 140).

"I'd say last season we could have been a lot better," Jeannis said. "This year I feel like we are way more in line with the defensive and offensive sides of things."

Parsons and seniors Josh Stofiel (6-3, 291), Nate Maller (6-0, 195), Jesse Porter (6-1, 191) and Trey Bispham (6-0, 183) strengthen the offensive line and front seven.

Jones, Gray, Jeannis, Miller, Warner and Hensley will look to keep receivers guessing in the secondary.

The Tribe's season-opening road trip schedules them for a 7 p.m. game at back-to-back Provincial AAA semifinalist New Westminster Secondary School on Friday, 294 miles north in British Columbia, Canada.

"They will be tough," McNabb said. "They had a really good lower-level team last season, and [they have] some good players back."

The Hyacks will feature all-provincial teamers in senior offensive/defensive linemen Isaiah James (6-0, 270) and Yanni Angelopoulos (5-10, 255), junior quarterback/defensive back Kinsale Philip (6-0, 185) and junior tight end/defensive end Evan Nolli (6-2, 245).

The Seven-Mile War, where Scappoose will look to avoid a second loss in a row to visiting St. Helens, which graduated six all-state seniors in a 25-player Class of 2017, is set for Sept. 8.

Cottage Grove, Class 4A Coach of the Year Gary Roberts, all-state senior wide receivers Jacob Woods (5-9, 170) and Hayden Glenn (a 6-0, 160 defensive back in the same light) and center Cooper Ladd (5-11, 185) are next to visit on Sept. 15.

The Tribe will face a perilous three-game home stretch (at quarterfinalist Banks on Oct. 6, at home against Valley Catholic on Oct. 12 and at senior all-state kicker Andrew Schauermann and Astoria on Oct. 20), from which one of the three will likely survive for the league crown.

SEASON OUTLOOK: The Indians, with just as many seniors as Astoria and more returning all-leaguers (Seaside matches Scappoose with four) and four of their five toughest games at home, have to be the league favorite, but the championship race will stay close into the final weeks of the regular season.

SCAPPOOSE AT NEW WESTMINSTER

Where: British Columbia, Canada

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Back-to-back: The Class 4A first-round Indians can beat the back-to-back Provincial AAA semifinalist Hyacks for the second year in a row

SCAPPOOSE INDIANS

Coach: Sean McNabb (18th year)

Classification: Class 4A, Cowapa League

2016 finish: 5-5 overall, 3-2 Cowapa League (Second in league, reached first round of state)

Returners:

Jerad Toman, sr., QB, 5-10, 160

Jack Eggers, sr., RB/LB, 6-1, 182

Jimmy Jones, sr., RB/DB, 5-11, 190

Willy Lohman, sr., WR/LB, 6-1, 179

Benji Davidson, sr., WR/K, 6-1, 173

Jake Gray, sr., WR/DB, 6-1, 157

Tevin Jeannis, sr., WR/DB, 6-1, 168

Joe Abbott, sr., WR/DL, 6-0, 177

Tristan Miller, sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 172

Ryan Warner, sr., WR/DB, 5-9, 140

Josh Stofiel, sr., OL/DL, 6-3, 291

Liam McMullen, jr., OL/DL, 6-4, 235

Nate Maller, sr., OL/RB 6-0, 195

Jesse Porter, sr., OL/LB, 6-1, 191

Ross Parsons, sr., OL/LB, 6-1, 190

Trey Bispham, sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 183

Andrew DeGrande, jr., QB/LB, 6-1, 210

Matt Roth, jr., RB/LB, 6-1, 207

DeVaughn Aikhionbare, jr., RB/DB, 5-10, 183

Gavin Larson, jr., WR/DL, 6-5,197

Mason Smiens, jr., WR/DB, 6-1, 151

Connor McNabb, jr., WR/DB, 5-11, 177

Brendyn Nollette, jr., WR/DB, 5-8, 125

Terrence Lewis, jr., DL/OL, 6-1, 245

Tommy McKedy, so., OL/DL, 6-4, 279

Newcomers:

Zeddy Jamerson, sr., RB/DL, 6-2, 193

Steven Hensley, sr., WR/DB, 5-9, 147

Cole Davis, sr., 6-2, 242

Bret Couch, jr., OL/DL, 6-3, 212

Grant Briley, jr., OL/DL, 5-11, 200

Quincy Cleveland, so., 6-1, 230

Dylan Lillard, so., 6-1, 205

Jakobi Kessi, so., QB/S, 5-10, 183

Easton Decker, so., RB/LB, 5-9, 170

Devon Doak, so., RB/LB, 5-10, 160

Kawika Napaa, so., RB/S, 5-8, 150

Thomas Greiner, so., WR/CB, 5-8, 140

Blake Morkert, so., WR/CB, 5-10, 150

Connor MacLachlan, so., WR/SS, 5-9, 165

Andrew Padilla, so., WR/CB, 5-8, 190

Slater Smiens, so., WR/DL, 6-5, 180

Ben Anicker, so., WR/S, 5-11, 160

Ricardo Gonzalez, so., WR/DB, 5-11, 150

Colton Frates, so., WR/FS, 5-7, 130

Ryan Lamma, so., OL/DL, 6-0, 170

Jerico Archer, so., OL/DL, 6-2, 230

Robert Guajardo, so., OL/DL, 5-9, 220

Cole Hill, so., OL/DL, 6-3, 175

Connor Havlik, so., 5-10, 170

Drake Kramer, so., 5-9, 155

Ben Volinski , so., 5-8, 150

Jese Blundell, so., 5-10, 165

Jackson Lehman, so., 5-10, 224

Trevor Jackson, so., 5-9, 160

Schedule

Sept. 1 Scappoose at New Westminster, 7 p.m., British Columbia, Canada

Sept. 8 St. Helens at Scappoose, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 Cottage Grove at Scappoose, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Seaside at Scappoose, 7 p.m. *

Sept. 29 Scappoose at Tillamook, 7 p.m. *

Oct. 6 Scappoose at Banks, 7 p.m. *

Oct. 12 Valley Catholic at Scappoose, 7 p.m. *

Oct. 20 Scappoose at Astoria, 7 p.m. *

* Cowapa League game

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