Indians' defense faces tough test at high-flying Cottage Grove
Tribe looks to contain Lions' 6-foot, 3-inch all-Sky-Em League senior quarterback Blake Sentman
The Indians are in for another shootout.
The No. 9 Tribe (1-1 overall), coming off of a 41-27 Seven-Mile War loss at Class 5A's fourth-ranked St. Helens, can get back to speed on the road against senior quarterback Blake Sentman and Class 4A No. 10 Cottage Grove at 7 p.m. on Friday at Don King Field.
The Lions (2-0) are back from the state play-in round and carry the momentum of having beaten Newport 59-7 and blanking Madras 63-0 in its first two games.
Sentman, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 200-pound all-Sky-Em Leaguer, threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more against the White Buffaloes. Senior wide receiver Kory Parent and senior running back Zane Levings, also all-leaguers, join him.
"Our key to stopping [Sentman] is to stay disciplined," Indians senior defensive back Jack Margheim said. "If we can limit his big play abilities, we give ourselves a great chance to win."
Parent and Levings anchor the defense with all-league senior defensive lineman Seth Morris and senior linebacker Garren Taylor.
"We need to tackle and cover," Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said. "We will have to play better than we did last week [in a 41-27 Seven-Mile War loss in St. Helens]."
The Tribe scores an average of 34 points in its first two games but strives to allow fewer than 33 points.
Quinn Searle, a senior, is 27-of-46 for 381 yards, four touchdowns and four picks.
James Jones, a junior running back, leads all rushers with 141 yards and two scores.
Senior wide receiver Nate Rieman's 195 yards and three touchdowns lead the receiver corps. Senior Tanner Kramer (116 yards) and junior Tevin Jeannis (78 yards, one touchdown) are second and third.
Kramer is the Indians' top tackler with 16 stops, followed by Margheim (14) and Jones (12).
Sophomore linebacker Matthew Roth has two sacks and junior linebacker Ross Parsons has one.
Scappoose returns to the very field on which it beat North Bend in the state semifinals last season to reach its first championship game in 13 years.
Scappoose at Cottage Grove
Where: Don King Field
When: 7 p.m. Friday
What it means: A battle of Class 4A powers
Overall Points for Points against Rank
Valley Catholic 2-0 94 35 1
Banks 2-0 97 30 17
Scappoose 1-1 67 65 9
Astoria 1-1 70 73 29
Seaside 1-1 25 64 36
Tillamook 0-2 14 57 37