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Football: Indians smash Astoria, smell rivalry revenge

Scappoose will look to take down Banks in the second game of the Cowapa League schedule


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Banks' Jarod Barger looks to leap over Joey Krupsky during the 21-0 victory by the Braves last season.

In the week of practice leading up to the rivalry clash and Cowapa League opener between Scappoose and Astoria, Tribe football coach Sean McNabb wasn’t as concerned about focus as he had been through the first three weeks of the season. A tough loss to Gladstone in week three “humbled” the Indians, he said, and had them rip, roaring and ready to come out and give Astoria a rude welcome to the league schedule.

Scappoose certainly held up their end of the bargain, flattening Astoria 49-8 behind four passing touchdowns from senior quarterback Joey Krupsky.

A little over two minutes in, junior Jarrett White picked up the handoff and found a hole, using his champion speed to dash 66 yards for the Indians’ second score of the day and the second touchdown for White this season.

Astoria scored as time ran out in the second quarter, a big pass play from sophomore quarterback Fridtjof Fremstad to Kyle Strange, but it didn’t provide any momentum heading into the second half.

David Krupsky caught his second touchdown pass of the evening after only a minute of play in the third frame. A Braden Clark 10-yard scamper halfway through the quarter gave the Indians a 42-8 edge before Joey Krupsky sat down.

It's the fourth time this season the Indians have allowed a touchdown in the final 10 seconds of a half, but Scappoose head coach Sean McNabb isn't at all worried about his defense.

“Astoria's a good team,” McNabb said. “And to shut them totally out with some of the weapons and some of the stuff they do offensively to give you some trouble — I'm pretty happy with the way our defense played.”

The defense stepped up early on and made the best of things after two first-quarter fumbles, getting a shutout in the first frame for just the second time this season. Scappoose had an 8-0 lead after the first quarter, and held a 29-0 edge in the closing seconds of the first half.

Starting fast, especially after falling behind 21-0 to Gladstone in week three, has been a point of emphasis for McNabb and the Indian coaching staff over the last few weeks. This time, McNabb said, he thought the team played well enough on defense to offset a handful of mistakes on the offensive side of the ball.

The win keeps an impressive streak alive. Going back to a 45-6 win over Tillamook in 2010, Scappoose has now won nine consecutive home games in Cowapa League play. And with White stepping up to join Clark and fellow senior Johnny Tardif in the backfield, the Indians have a wealth of options to throw at opposing defenses along with the talents of Joey Krupsky.

“We have some really solid backs. We have four guys that can really run well, and you get Johnny and Braden going, and it starts to wear the defense out,” McNabb said.

At this point, they'd go with White, who won the Cowapa League 100 meter title in the spring and remains as the fastest player the Indians have. McNabb said he's put on weight since track season ended, and with bolstered confidence and improved understanding of the team's schemes, he's become a solid threat.

“All of the sudden you put him in the game, and he's got fresh legs and the defense might be worn down a little bit. He's got the ability to take it [for a touchdown] every time he touches it because of his speed, so he's a great change of pace back for us.”

McNabb also said he's seen continued improvement from Joey Krupsky, who has a good command of the run-pass option offense. Krupsky is forced to make split-second decisions depending on what the defense shows, and has gotten “better all the time,” according to McNabb, who said Krupsky presents a tough task for any defense during a single week of preparation.

“You can't simulate it during the week because you don't have that kind of athlete in your show team or scout team, and the other thing is it makes you have to spend a lot of time in practice preparing to stop the quarterback running around with the football,” McNabb said. “He gives us a unique situation, and we don't always have guys like that.”

Krupsky will take his dual-threat talents against Banks in the next Cowapa League showdown facing a Braves team that handed Scappoose their one and only shutout on a rain-drenched night a season ago. The Braves play a simple, but effective game on offense and defense. Physical and run-minded, Banks has a reputation for putting pressure on the Scappoose receivers and forcing the Indians to abandon their passing attack.

The solution? Run the ball up the gut, whether it's Krupsky, Tardif, Clark, White or any of the Indians' myriad options, until Banks stacks the box with an extra defender and leaves the secondary to man-coverage. Then, Krupsky is free to sit behind a dominant offensive line and pick the Banks defensive backs to bits.

A shutout would be sweet revenge for Scappoose, McNabb said, but it's not a be-all, end-all for the victory.

“It's hard to hang a 'goose egg' on a really good team. They may score, they may not. Either way, we've got to give 100 percent and battle on every play, and I like our chances,” he said.

Note: The Clark touchdown in the third quarter was followed by just the second extra point miss all season from junior kicker Eleanor Jones. She is now 22 of 24 on the season.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 49, Astoria 8

ASTO 00 08 00 0008

SCAP 08 21 13 07 — 49

1st Quarter

SCAP — Jacob Wendelschafer 29 pass from Joey Krupsky (Logan Brooks run), 8:59

2nd Quarter

SCAP — Jarrett White 66 run (Eleanor Jones kick), 9:41

SCAP — David Krupsky 43 pass from J. Krupsky (E. Jones kick), 7:06

SCAP — J. Wendelschafer 12 pass from J. Krupsky (E. Jones kick), 5:26

ASTO — Kyle Strange 22 pass from Fridtjof Fremstad (K. Strange from F. Fremstad), :00

3rd Quarter

SCAP — D. Krupsky from J. Krupsky (E. Jones kick), 10:56

SCAP — Braden Clark 10 run (Kick failed), 6:46

4th Quarter

SCAP — Colton Bush 25 pass from Robert Lohman (E. Jones kick), 2:11

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