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Indians can run away with Cowapa League

Eighth-ranked Scappoose will win Cowapa League if it beats Homecoming rival Astoria on Oct. 11


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Jimmy Jones (23) and the Indians can win their third Cowapa League championship in a row with a Homecoming defeat of Astoria on Friday, Oct. 21.UPDATE

The eighth-ranked Indians have it all in front of them.

Scappoose (4-2 overall, 3-0 Cowapa League) will win its third Cowapa League championship in a row if it beats No. 4 Astoria (5-1, 3-0 on Homecoming on Oct. 21.

In the meantime, the Tribe took a three-game win streak to Valley Catholic (4-2, 1-2) on Thursday in Beaverton, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

The Valiants average a third-best 41 points behind No. 3 Cottage Grove (45) and sixth-ranked Marshfield (47), and 5-foot-11, 240-pound all-league senior defensive lineman Ian Birrell helps his side hold opponents to 22.

The Indians have beaten Valley Catholic twice by an average of 64-7 since it came up from Class 3A in 2014.

The Fishermen, whom Scappoose has bounced six times by an average of 47-19 since Astoria's last league title in 2009, were set to host No. 7 Banks (4-2, 2-1) on Thursday.

Samboy Tuimato is the Fishermen's 5-foot-8 all-league senior running back who ran for touchdowns of four, two, six and 11 yards in a 27-7 road defeat of Tillamook, his former team, on Oct. 7.

"It's always a plan for us — that's our first commandment: Stop the run! So we work hard every day to do so," Tribe junior quarterback/safety Jerad Toman said.

Astoria and 6-foot all-league senior quarterback Fridtjof Fremstad score 38 points, and Tuimato and all-league senior defensive back Kyle Strange (6-foot, 170) yield an average of 20.

The Indians held 6-foot-1, 205-pound all-conference running back Milo Applebee to a single rushing touchdown in last week's 30-12 defeat of No. 7 Banks after he ran for 855 yards and 17 scores in the first five.

"Stopping the run is always our main goal on defense," Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said.

The Tribe averages 35 points a game against 18 surrendered.

"It should be a similar plan watching film and breaking down their offense to have another successful game," Indians junior wide receiver Tevin Jeannis said.

Quinn Searle has completed 51 of 85 passes for 673 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Toman is 33-of-67 for 375 yards, five touchdowns and two picks, and has run for 330 yards and eight touchdowns on 54 carries.

Jimmy Jones leads Scappoose with 408 yards and four trips to the end zone.

Nate Rieman is the Tribe's top receiver with 355 yards and five touchdowns on 21 catches. Michael Gift has gone 265 yards for four scores, Tanner Kramer has 217 yards and a touchdown on 19 catches, and Tevin Jeannis has 166 yards and two touchdowns on 13 grabs.

Zach Rice (41), Ross Parsons (40) and Jack Margheim (33) are the lead tacklers.

Matthew Roth has 4.5 sacks, and Kramer has five interceptions.

Astoria at Scappoose

When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21

At stake: The Indians can win their third Cowapa League title in a row on Homecoming

Cowapa League

League Overall PF PA Rank

Astoria 3-0 5-1 225 119 4

Scappoose 3-0 4-2 207 107 8

Banks 2-1 4-2 237 136 7

Valley Catholic 1-2 4-2 247 129 15

Seaside 0-3 2-4 81 232 28

Tillamook 0-3 0-6 28 195 37