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Scappoose blows past defending state champs

Neither sprinklers, a late-game blackout or penalties could stop Scappoose

The Scappoose Indians romped all over last year’s 4A state champions in a 54-12 blowout last Friday night.

Gladstone was not the same team that nipped the Tribe 27-26 in last year’s semifinals. With much of that team gone, the Indians overcame a penalty-ridden night, and laughed at some bizarre things like the sprinklers coming on, and a game-ending blackout with the game well-decided.

JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Braden Clark was a big part of the Tribe offense last Friday in their blowout over Gladstone, the defending state champs. The Glads eliminated Scappoose from the playoffs last season in a 27-26 win. The Indians posted a 54-12 win on Friday. “Gladstone graduated pretty much everybody,” Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said. “They’ve got a couple of starters back, not a lot of experience. They’re young and not very fast.”

The Gladiators had the ball at the start of the game and were having trouble moving it, only gaining a first down after a penalty shortened their first series. The Tribe stopped them on their second set of downs.

The Indians’ first play from scrimmage made it apparent the type of night it was going to be. Quarterback Robert Lohman threw a perfect spiral about 30 yards downfield, right into the hands of a speeding Brennen McNabb. He didn’t even break stride, the Gladstone player fell down and the Tribe had the first of eight scores. Eleanor Jones tacked on the extra point.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Michael Gift bolts around the left end during the Indians' game with Gladstone last Friday. Gift was a big past of the Tribe's win. “We had a play-action pass (like that) against Yreka. Robert (Lohman) had Brennen in a pre-snap read,” McNabb said. “If he liked what he saw he could go there or throw to either (Colton) Bird or Mason (Reardon).”

Scappoose seemed capable of reeling off large chunks of yardage whenever they wanted. Their next possession saw Lohman hit Michael Gift on a 34-yard score.

“It was a crazy, penalty-plagued night,” McNabb said. “We had all the fouls, the lights went out, and the water came on. It was a memorable night.”

The sprinklers on the field came on at one point and they had to be tapped back down. With 2:30 to go in the game, someone in the concessions stand mistakenly flipped the wrong switch and off went the stadium lights. At that point it was enough for everyone, and both coaches agreed to call the game. It did rob many jayvee players of some varsity time however.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - The Scappoose defense was as stingy Friday as the offense was prolific. Colton Bird (28), Mason Reardon (21) and one other player gang-tackle Gladstone's Devin Neer. The Indians would have three touchdowns called back in the contest. They came back to score on the next play on two of them, and Lohman took just four plays to score the third. He had also scored the first, but was called for a face mask penalty on the defender. It was one of several curious calls by the officials. Two evaluators were on hand at the game and they indicated it would be a long debriefing for the game referees.

The Tribe was up 13-0 after one, and would add three scores in each of the next two quarters. Jarrett White would add a six-yard score early in the second, Reardon scored on a 92-yard pass play, and Lohman went in from the one. Gladstone was aided by some Scappoose penalties in a 54-yard drive midway through the second for their first score.

It was 33-6 at the break, but Scappoose kept the pressure on in the third. Lohman scored from 14, Bird snatched the ball away from a Gladstone runner and scampered 30 yards for a score, and White took the ball in from the four. Gladstone’s only other TD came with 4:08 to go in the third. It was set up by a 33-yard kickoff return and some running plays. Two Scappoose penalties didn’t harm that effort.

“Overall I thought we played a lot better,” McNabb noted. “We want to keep getting better every week. We have a lot of guys in the line-up that didn’t start last year. It’s a process and I like the way they are coming around. We’re playing well defensively.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - The Scappoose Indians started their offense against Gladstone with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Robert Lohman to Brennen McNabb. “Braden Clark ran the ball well, Jarrett White ran the ball well, Mason had a 92-yard reception for a TD. The offensive line plays better all the time. Colton Bird had a great game, and blocked a PAT. Chad Cowan had a good game too. He had knee surgery and has not been 100 percent, but he’s getting better and this was a break-out game,” said the coach summing up the Tribe’s play on the night.

Robert Lohman hit 12 of 14 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The Indians rushed for 222 yards—White had 68 yard rushing, Clark 62, and Lohman added 54. Reardon had 101 yards receiving and Brennen McNabb 109.

Tribe at Astoria Friday

The Tribe, now 2-1 on the season, travels to Astoria this Friday. The Fishermen are also 2-1. They opened with a 26-21 win over Taft, beat North Bend 22-20, and lost to Philomath 34-14 last week.

“They have some really good athletes,” McNabb said. “They’re better than they were last year. They have a quarterback returning. He’s a junior this year. And a 220-pound running back. They’re definitely more physical.”

He said the Astorians have a good established running game, and come out of multiple sets. They run a lot of shot gun, get under center with a full house, and a multiple variety of things.”

Astoria has a fairly new turf field, which McNabb thinks plays to Scappoose’s advantage.

“I think we’re just as fast as last year. Jarrett White, Braden Clark, Brennen (McNabb), Gift, and Bird all have speed,” the coach noted. “We’ll be even faster on artificial turf.”

The game marks the opening of league play. Banks is the only unbeaten team remaining, while Scappoose, Seaside and Astoria are all 2-1. Valley Catholic and Tillamook are 1-2.

Banks is currently ranked second in the state. The Indians have moved up to ninth. Seaside is 16th and Astoria 17th.