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Three Indians named as finalists for scholar-athlete award by National Football Foundation

Robby Backus, Jacob Wendelschafer and Jake Ford named as finalists

Three members of the Scappoose football program were named as finalists from the Portland chapter of the National Football Foundation for the annual scholar/athlete awards.

Seniors Jacob Wendeschafer, Jake Ford and Robby Backus made up three of the five selections from the 4A ranks, four of which came from the Cowapa League. Seaside's Calvin Pollard completed the Cowapa League's representatives.

According to a release from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the 16 finalists will be awarded a total of $16,000 at a banquet on March 8, held at the Red Lion Hotel in Jantzen Beach. Finalists are selected from each of the 79 high schools in the Portland Metro area, and are “selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments,” the release stated.

All three were named to the All-Cowapa League first-team in the fall, with Ford also making the honorable mention list as a receiver.