FIRST AND FOREMOST: No. 3 Scappoose football will welcome Valley Catholic on Homecoming
The Indians control their destiny, and who better to beat on a Disney-themed Homecoming than Valley Catholic?
Scappoose (5-1 overall, 3-0 atop the Cowapa League) is scheduled to face the Valiants (2-4, 0-3), who derailed the Tribe 20-7 last year in Beaverton, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
"[It's] a chance to avenge last year's loss," said Ross Parsons, an Indians linebacker and one of 20 seniors ready to return the favor after beating Valley Catholic by an average of 64-7 in their first two meetings since it came up from Class 3A in 2014.
Scappoose ties unbeaten No. 1 Cottage Grove for the best Class 4A offense with 46 points per game and allows 23 points per outing, while Valley Catholic is good for 13 points against 31 points given up.
The Valiants, who feature all-league stars Jack Grasberger (a 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior defensive lineman) and Isaac Flemmer (a 6-foot-7, 245 junior offensive lineman) fell 62-0 at ninth-ranked Seaside on Friday, Oct. 6.
"I'm looking forward to playing with my brothers for my last Homecoming game," said Tribe senior quarterback Jerad Toman, who brings 686 passing yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions and 484 rush yards and 12 scores into Thursday.
Jimmy Jones is the Indians' premier running back with 486 yards and eight trips to the end zone, and Tevin Jeannis leads Scappoose receivers with 443 yards and three trips for six.
"We might be playing our last game at our high school field [as Scappoose is set to complete the regular season Oct. 20 in Astoria and rankings are set to freeze and determine playoff qualification at 10 p.m. that evening]," said Jeannis, a senior.
Parsons leads tacklers with 58, Parsons, Jones, Matt Roth, Trey Bispham and Gavin Larson all have a pair of sacks, Jones and Jake Gray carry a pair of interceptions, and Nate Maller has forced two fumbles.
VALLEY CATHOLIC AT SCAPPOOSE
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
LIKE OLD TIMES: The Indians can celebrate Homecoming by beating the Valiants for the third time in four years
CLASS 4A FOOTBALL TOP 10
1. Cottage Grove 6-0
2. Marshfield 6-0
3. Scappoose 5-1
4. Henley 4-2
5. Mazama 5-1
6. Banks 5-1
7. La Grande 5-1
8. Sweet Home 5-1
9. Seaside 4-2
10. North Bend 6-1