THE GREAT NORTHWEST: Scappoose football quells New Westminster in British Columbia, Canada
The Indians had little trouble with New Westminster on Friday, Sept. 1, in the Royal City, 294 miles north and over the Canadian border in British Columbia.
Scappoose led 19-6 after a quarter, 31-6 before halftime and 45-6 in the third on the way to a 51-13 win.
Jerad Toman and Tevin Jeannis connected for a 90-yard touchdown pass for the Tribe (1-0 overall), Kawika Napaa ran for a three-yard score and Jake Gray returned an interception 20 yards to the house.
"Canada was a blast: A lot of team bonding and a lot of mental preparation for the game," said Toman, a senior quarterback who completed three of five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and ran three times for 77 yards and reached the end zone twice more. "We took a charter bus down there: It was a long trip, but very fun."
Jeannis caught two passes for 101 yards.
"It was a fun trip," said Indians senior defensive back Jimmy Jones, who, with Matt Roth and Connor McNabb, led the defense with seven respective tackles. "The bus trip was a grind, but it was enjoyable for the most part."
Gavin Larson overpowered the Hyacks (0-1) for two sacks as Jones, Jack Eggers, Trey Bispham and Joe Abbott all wrangled one, and Nicky Gill and Terrence Lewis recovered a fumble each.
"Our defense put pressure on their quarterback right after the snap, which forced him to make an errant throw that I was able to break on," said Gray, a senior defensive back, of his first high school interception for a touchdown. "After that, we had all other 10 guys blocking, which allowed me to take it all the way back."
Scappoose hit the weight room hours before the game and enjoyed the hospitality of a Comfort Inn.
Next for the Tribe is the Seven-Mile War with Class 5A quarterfinalist St. Helens, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Indians are eager to avenge last year's 41-27 loss at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.
"I love to compete, so every chance is exciting," Jones said.