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Indians can shape their Cowapa League destiny against Banks

Scappoose hosts ninth-ranked Braves on Friday, plays at Valley Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 13

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Jerad Toman (2) and the Indians can stay perfect in the Cowapa League as they host No. 9 Banks on Friday and play at Valley Catholic on Thursday.The Indians have a lot to say as they chase their third Cowapa League title in a row.

Scappoose (3-2 overall, 2-0 Cowapa League) is tied atop the chase with No. 9 Banks and Astoria (both 4-1, 2-0) as it hosts the Braves at 7 p.m. on Friday and plays at Valley Catholic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Beaverton.

"Banks is tough," Tribe coach Sean McNabb said. "We need to stop the run."

The fourth-ranked Fishermen, who last won the league title in 2009, hit the road to face the Braves, the 2013 league champions, on Oct. 13.

The Indians have split the last 12 meetings with Banks by an average score of 25-24 in Scappoose's favor.

The Braves, 89-42, 45-15 since 2004, fell to Cascade (Turner) in last year's Class 4A state semifinals before the Cougars beat Scappoose in the championship.

Banks scores 45 points a game — the best in Class 4A ahead of No. 8 Cottage Grove (44) and third-ranked Marshfield (42) — and allow 21, while the Indians average 35 and give up 19.

"We need to hit hard and fast at the start of the game," Tribe junior wide receiver Tevin Jeannis said.

Six-foot-two all-state senior linebacker Trevor Thiessen and Banks beat Class 6A No. 10 Gladstone 35-14 in the season opener and fell 34-28 to Class 4A seventh-ranked Molalla two weeks later.

Banks' 6-foot-3 senior quarterback Jake Evans has thrown for 1,015 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions this season, and has rushed for 98 yards and three scores.

Milo Applebee, a 6-foot-1 senior running back, has 855 yards and 17 touchdowns on 88 carries, and has run for at least 138 yards in four of five games.

Gunnar Partain, a 5-foot-8 junior wide receiver, leads with 323 yards and three touchdowns on 20 catches. Six-foot junior wideout Blaine Herb has 196 yards and a score on eight catches, and 6-foot-2 senior receiver Trevor Thiessen has 196 yards and two scores on eight catches.

"The danger to look for in Banks is their deep game, but also between the tackles with [Applebee]," Indians junior quarterback Jerad Toman said.

Applebee also leads the team with 55 tackles and two forced fumbles. Partain has come down with two picks, and Herb has recovered three fumbles and blocked a field goal.

Valley Catholic, on the other hand, fell 53-35 in Banks last weekend after dropping a 33-20 decision in Astoria the week before.

The Valiants average 39 points, and all-conference senior defensive lineman Ian Birrell (5-foot-11, 240) and his crew give up only 24.

Scappoose has beaten Valley Catholic, which is 18-58, 7-36 since 2007, twice by an average of 64-7 since it joined the Cowapa League from Class 3A in 2014.

For the Tribe, Quinn Searle has completed 43 of 70 passes for 580 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

Toman is 31-of-61 for 314 yards, four touchdowns and two picks, and has run for 192 yards and six scores on 37 carries.

Jimmy Jones has 276 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries.

Nate Rieman leads receivers with 307 yards and five touchdowns on 18 catches. Michael Gift has gone 206 yards for three trips to the end zone on 20 catches, Tanner Kramer has 185 yards on 16 catches, and Jeannis has 144 yards and two scores on 12 receptions.

Zach Rice is the tackle leader with 32, followed by Ross Parsons (31) and Jack Margheim (30).

Matthew Roth's 4.5 sacks is a team high, and Jones and Kramer both have three interceptions.

Banks at Scappoose

When: 7 p.m. on Friday

Scappoose at Valley Catholic

When: 7 p.m. on Thursday in Beaverton

At stake: The Indians can take first in the Cowapa League with a pair of wins

Cowapa League

League Overall PF PA Rank

Astoria 2-0 4-1 198 112 4

Banks 2-0 4-1 225 106 9

Scappoose 2-0 3-2 177 95 14

Valley Catholic 0-2 3-2 196 121 13

Seaside 0-2 2-3 73 181 28

Tillamook 0-2 0-5 21 168 37