Stretch run begins Thursday with Homecoming game against Tillamook

The Scappoose Indians haven’t won the Cowapa League football championship since 2005. This year the Indians will have their best chance to do it again.

The Tribe is 5-1 on the season and has won their first two league contests. Their only loss was to 5A Roosevelt in the season opener, a 48-41 barnburner.

The Indians have three league opponents remaining on the season: Tillamook in Scappoose this Thursday; at Seaside on Oct. 19; at home versus Astoria on Oct. 26. Scappoose will be a favorite in all three of those SELF-PORTRAIT - Sports Editor John Brewington

Tillamook is 3-3 on the season, but lost to Seaside and Astoria in their first two league games. They scored 47 points against now 1-5 Clatskanie, a 3A team in their opener. Since then, the most they’ve scored is 22 points against Astoria last week. They beat 1-5 Taft just 14-0, but did have a 20-7 win over 4-2 Newport. They lost to Seaside, 37-7, and Astoria, 32-22, in league play.

Nothing is ever a given but no one has been able to clamp down much on the Tribe offense. They’re averaging 41 points a game, and giving up just under 26 points. Without the Roosevelt game, the defensive figure is just 19.

The Indians have multiple weapons to throw at a team. Chief among them is Paul Revis. Through six games he has scored 20 touchdowns, and 10 two-point conversions. He has rushed for 332 yards and has pass receptions for 992 yards. That’s 1,424 yards overall. Carson Davison has contributed 635 yards rushing and has a chance to hit 1,000 before the season is over. Quarterback Taylor Loss has completed 101 of 150 passes (67 percent) for 1,593 yards and 23 touchdowns. Pretty good for a youngster in his first varsity year. Others notable on offense are Kyle Kramer with 294 yards receiving, and Justice Oman with 156.

Defensively, Scappoose has been coming at opponents from several angles. Tackles plus assists show Oman with 40, Mick Vanek with 38, Tyler Schillereff with 36, Kenny Bell with 32, Lionel Sandoval with 31, Kramer with 29, Revis with 28, and Matt Blaser with 22.

That’s a lot of numbers and its right up there with the rest of the state.

If the Indians get by Tillamook, they’ll travel to Seaside for a game against the 4-2 Gulls. Seaside is ranked just 24th by the OSAA. They lost big to Banks last week (49-7), but had a nice win over Tillamook (37-7). Scappoose beat Banks 54-29.

Astoria is a little perplexing for Scappoose. The Fishermen lost to top-ranked Gladstone (52-0) in their opener, and then forfeited three games as a penalty after a team infraction. Since then they came back to beat Yamhill-Carlton 41-13, and Tillamook. How good they are remains to be seen. The word is that they wouldn’t take the league championship even if they won it, but that they would play in the playoffs. Whether that holds true remains to be seen.

Scappoose Coach Sean McNabb knows the team has to be ready for every game. He’s had a couple of injuries on the squad, but those players should be back this week or next.

This year, the league championship, actually means something. For the last two years, even league champions had to participate in play-in games to make the state playoffs. This year they automatically qualify. The rankings still have consequence as well. It establishes home games for the playoffs, probably into the semifinals. It also establishes home games for the second- and third-place teams that make the playoffs. There are also slots for teams in the top 24 of the rankings, based on the qualification plan.

Where does all this leave the Indians? Their goal is to win the league championship. They are the favorites going in, but that doesn’t give you a win. Scappoose found out last week how easy it is to get in trouble if they lose focus. The game with YC never seemed in doubt, but the Tigers might have had hope if they’d been able to score from the 1-yard line.

It appears to me that the three games are winnable. We’re looking forward to seeing Scappoose on the artificial surface at Seaside. The Indians are built on speed and that will only make them faster. Since games from the semifinals of state on are usually on turf that should also be a plus for Scappoose.

Barring injuries, I think Scappoose has a good chance to win the league, and do well in the playoffs.

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