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Indians will face No. 2 Astoria for Cowapa League championship split

Tribe need a Homecoming win on Friday to share league title

PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Quinn Searle (10), Jimmy Jones (23) and the Indians will share the Cowapa League championship with No. 2 Astoria if they beat the Fishermen on Homecoming on Friday.The Indians absolutely must win this one.

Scappoose (4-3 overall, 3-1 Cowapa League) welcomes No. 2 Astoria (6-1, 4-0) on Homecoming with its Class 4A state playoff hopes on the line in the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. on Friday.

"We need to run the ball and stop the run better, and we also need to play with more intensity and physicality," Tribe coach Sean McNabb said.

With a win, the twice-defending league champion Tribe will split the Cowapa League title for an automatic qualification.

If the Indians lose and they aren't the highest-ranked runner-up, their rank must be high enough to stay worthy of the play-in round.

With that in mind, facing the second-ranked team in the state this week is invaluable.

Astoria, which beat Banks for the 2008 state title and claimed its last league crown in 2009, scores 35 points per game and gives up 18 while Scappoose averages 31 and 18.

The Fishermen feature all-league seniors in 6-foot quarterback Fridtjof Fremstad, linebacker Samboy Tuimato (5-foot-8) and are on a six-game win streak after beating the No. 8 Braves 22-6 last week for the first time in seven years.

Kyle Strange, a 6-foot senior all-league defensive back, is out with a broken leg.

Fremstad completed six of seven passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, ran for a score and returned a late onside kick for six against the Braves.

For the Tribe, Quinn Searle is 66-of-116 passing for 825 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions through seven games. Jerad Toman has gone 34-of-68 for 379 yards, five scores and two picks, and has 353 yards and eight trips to the end zone on 56 carries.

Jimmy Jones is the lead rusher with 505 yards and five touchdowns on 87 attempts. Carson Witt has gone 101 yards for a score on 26 handoffs.

Nate Rieman is the go-to receiver with 373 yards and five touchdowns, Michael Gift has 280 yards and four scores, Tevin Jeannis has 231 yards and has reached the end zone twice, and Tanner Kramer has 275 yards and a touchdown.

Zach Rice is the premier tackler with 49, Ross Parsons has made 47 — and 2.5 sacks — and Jack Margheim has pulled down 39 and two sacks.

Matthew Roth has wrangled quarterbacks 4.5 times.

Kramer's five interceptions, Rieman and Jones' three, Margheims's two and Gift and Nate Riffle's one anchor the pass defense.

Benji Davidson is 21-for-26 on extra-point field goals.

The Indians have reached at least the state quarterfinals in each of the last four years.

Astoria at Scappoose

When: 7 p.m. on Friday

At stake: The Indians need a Homecoming win to share the Cowapa League championship and strengthen their Class 4A state playoff shot

Cowapa League

League Overall PF PA Rank

Astoria 4-0 6-1 247 125 2

Scappoose 3-1 4-3 214 127 12

Valley Catholic 2-2 5-2 267 136 14

Banks 2-2 4-3 243 158 8

Tillamook 1-3 1-6 52 197 36

Seaside 0-4 2-5 83 256 33