The Indians ran and threw as they pleased against the Lions on Friday, Sept. 8, in Scappoose.
The Tribe riddled St. Helens for 27 first-quarter points in a 62-6 landslide, its best performance since it beat Yreka (Calif.) 69-36 on Sept. 12, 2015, at the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium, on the way to its first Class 4A state championship appearance.
"St. Helens didn't have the speed that our offense had, so we were able to throw and run sideline-to-sideline and tire their defense to the point where they couldn't compete," said Indians senior wide receiver Tevin Jeannis, who caught three passes for 65 yards including a 45-yard touchdown.
Scappoose (2-0 overall) also played its meanest defense since its 61-6 win in Tillamook on Sept. 23, 2016.
The Lions (0-2) suffered their biggest loss since Parkrose beat them 56-19 on Sept. 5, 2014, in St. Helens, and scored their fewest points since they beat Sandy 9-7 on Oct. 28, 2016.
Clear to all in KGW's Game of the Week and in FOX 12's Friday Night Flights was that if Scappoose is to join St. Helens in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference next fall, it will arrive in style.
Tribe senior defensive back Jimmy Jones intercepted Lions junior Shawn Lee's halfback pass over the middle of the St. Helens 30-yard line on the Lions' first drive, and Indians senior quarterback Jerad Toman weaved down the right side for a score on the very next play for a 7-0 lead with 10:19 left.
Toman also dashed 15 yards up the left seam for a score on the first play of the next possession for a 14-0 lead with 7:52.
"They would run downhill really fast if I gave them a ball fake, so that's when I pulled it and took off running," said Toman, who completed 12 of 13 passes for 148 yards and ran 127 yards on 11 carries.
St. Helens opened passing lanes with early play action, but Lee and junior running back Isaiah Bettencourt took handoffs into the teeth of the Indians defense and Lions coaches implored their blockers to get leverage at the line of scrimmage.
"St. Helens had a pretty straight-forward offense: Just watch the guards and they took you to the ball," said Scappoose senior linebacker Ross Parsons, who led the defense with 10 tackles and a forced fumble.
Toman, at once an escape artist winding through open grass, split Lions senior linebacker Cody Leanna and junior defensive back Jacob Klein on a 4th-and-4 run for a fresh set of downs at the St. Helens 30, and Jones finished the drive up the middle from six yards away for a 20-0 lead at 3:33.
The Lions' offensive line answered as Bettencourt rumbled down the left sideline for six points, but senior lineman Caleb Carter's point-after attempt sailed wide and St. Helens trailed 20-6 with 1:36.
"The positives, I think, was our run game," Lions senior quarterback Chase Parkhurst said. "We averaged 5.4 yards per play, and despite only scoring one touchdown, we were seeing glimmers of what could be a dark horse in the league. I wouldn't count us out yet."
In the Tribe's signature two-minute no-huddle spread, Toman darted down the right sideline for a 27-6 lead to end the quarter.
Indians sophomore linebacker Quincy Cleveland swooped to recover St. Helens' fumbled reverse handoff at the Scappoose's 25, and Jones' five-yard touchdown catch from Toman over the middle and a 34-6 lead were rewards with 3:54 to halftime.
Tribe junior wide receiver Connor McNabb flashed three yards up the middle for a score and a 41-6 lead at 9:41.
Senior linebacker Willy Lohman recovered a fumble as Lions senior quarterback Chase Parkhurst was strip-sacked at the St. Helens 45.
Jeannis streaked behind the St. Helens defense on the next play for a score and a 48-6 lead at 8:01.
McNabb bolted 15 yards up the middle for his next touchdown and a 55-6 lead at :41.
Tribe sophomore quarterback Jakobi Kessi and sophomore wideout Colton Frates joined the festivities with a 15-yard touchdown pass to the back-left of the end zone and a 62-6 lead at 7:38.
Davidson put eight of nine extra-points through the uprights, senior lineman Trey Bispham and sophomore lineman Tommy McKedy both wrangled a sack, and junior defensive back Mason Smiens came down with an interception.
The Indians are scheduled to host Cottage Grove (2-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the Lions are scheduled to play at Milwaukie (1-0) at 7 p.m.
SCAPPOOSE 62, ST. HELENS 6
Friday, Sept. 8
at Scappoose High School
SH 6 0 0 0 — 6
S 27 7 21 7 — 62
S Jerad Toman 30-yard run (Benji Davidson PAT), 10:19
Toman 15-yard run (Davidson PAT), 7:52
Jimmy Jones 6-yard run (Davidson PAT missed), 3:33
Isaiah Bettencourt run (Caleb Carter PAT missed), 1:36
Toman run (Davidson PAT)
Jones 5-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT), 3:54
Connor McNabb 3-yard run (Davidson PAT), 9:41
Tevin Jeannis 45-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT), 8:01
McNabb 15-yard run (Davidson PAT), :41
Colton Frates 15-yard pass from Jakobi Kessi (Davidson PAT), 7:38