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Stars shine at Scappoose football team awards banquet

Braden Clark Offensive Player of the Year; Colton Bird Defensive Player of the Year

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior Boogie Davis is the Defensive Lineman of the Year after recording 63 tackles (15 solo, 48 assisted) and four sacks in his Class 4A All-State Second-Team campaign.IIt’s hard to be elite, but Scappoose football makes it look easy.

The Class 4A state runner-up Indians celebrated their stellar year with team awards on Sunday at Scappoose High School.

“The one goal I have is for everyone to look back and say, ‘I had a blast,’” said Scappoose coach Sean McNabb, who shared Cowapa League Coach of the Year distinction with Banks’ Ben Buchanan. “We want to win the league and state championship, but it all comes down to having fun. I look at the culture we have here: If we want to be great, we have to do everyday things in an uncommon way. It’s not something I started, it’s what the kids are doing.”

Seven Indians seniors made the Class 4A All-State First Team.

Quarterback Robert Lohman, running back Braden Clark, wide receiver Brennen McNabb, center Matt Bennett, offensive lineman Joel Smith and kicker Eleanor Jones — the first female to receive the honor — made the first-team offense.

Owen Parsons was a first-team defensive back.

Lohman completed 166 of 259 passes for 2,759 yards, 34 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Clark, also the Cowapa League co-Offensive Player of the Year with Banks senior Donny McClean, ran 193 times for 1,527 yards and 17 touchdowns.

McNabb caught 73 passes for 1,368 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Jones was the Cowapa League Kicker of the Year as she made 65 of 72 field goals.

Parsons finished with 81 tackles, three interceptions, half a sack and forced and recovered a fumble.

Senior linebackers Colton Bird and Cody Erhardt, junior defensive lineman Boogie Davis and junior safety Michael Gift were named to the all-state defensive second team.

“I really didn’t know what to expect coming into this year, but I knew we really had something special,” Sean McNabb said. “We went into the playoffs without our best defensive player [senior linebacker Colton Bird], but everyone stepped up and we got better and better.”

The Indians fell 37-28 to Cascade in the state championship as the Cougars won their first state championship in 35 years.

“It’s hard to lose the last game of the year and come back,” McNabb said. “I don’t look at it as rebuilding, I look at it as reloading — This was one of six Scappoose teams since 1920 to play in the state championship, and it starts right here next year with the [current] juniors.”

Scappoose fell in the 1972 and 1973 Class AA state championships and three-peated in Class 3A from 2000-2002.

The Indians are on a four-year state playoff run, having reached the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013 and the semifinals last year.

“I feel really connected to the seniors, getting to watch them grow up and having a son [wide receiver Brennen McNabb] in the group,” Sean McNabb said. “They’ll go down as one of the best senior classes we’ll ever have. They won the state championship in basketball, won the state championship in baseball and played in the state championship game.”

Team awards

Offensive Backs of the Year

Brennen McNabb, senior, wide receiver

Robert Lohman, senior, quarterback

Offensive Lineman

of the Year

Joel Smith, senior

Offensive Player of the Year

Braden Clark, senior, running back

Defensive Back of the Year

Owen Parsons, senior, cornerback

Linebacker of the Year

Colton Bird, senior

Defensive Lineman

of the Year

Boogie Davis, junior

Defensive Player of the Year

Colton Bird, senior, linebacker

Special Teams

Player of the Year

Eleanor Jones, senior, kicker


Brennen McNabb, senior, wide receiver/cornerback

Owen Parsons, senior, quarterback/cornerback

Braden Clark, senior, running back/cornerback

Wyatt Kistner, senior, offensive guard, defensive lineman

Joel Smith, senior, offensive lineman/defensive lineman

Robert Lohman, senior, quarterback/cornerback

Gus Nelson, senior, wide receiver/safety

Matt Bennett, senior, offensive lineman/defensive lineman

Special Teams Captain

Alec Thomas, senior, wide receiver/safety

Hard Hat Award

Joel Smith, senior, offensive lineman/defensive lineman

Brian Tinkle Award

Alec Thomas, senior, wide receiver/safety