Paul Revis leaves behind an unparalleled high school sports legacy

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose High grad Paul Revis had won of the best sports careers in the history of the school.Paul Revis could have succeeded in any sport he wanted to at Scappoose High School and he did just that in four of them.

The diminutive, recently-graduated senior not only competed at the highest levels in four different sports, he excelled at them. He was all-league in each sport and all-state in three sports. He also left behind two sports in mid-school that he might have done well in.

“Paul Revis may be the best athlete Scappoose High has ever had,” football coach Sean McNabb said at the end of the football season.

Revis had a singular focus each season. “I always liked sports and play only one during whatever season it is. I like to stick with one sport (each season).”

McNabb centered his football team around Revis his senior year, finding ways to get the ball in his hands. Revis responded well. He had 33 touchdowns on the season: he rushed for 496 yards and six of those TDs. His offensive stats included: 88 receptions for 1,591 yards and 25 touchdowns; completed two of three passes for two touchdowns; eight two-point conversions; and 2,277 all-purpose yards. On defense he had 84 tackles, four interceptions, and a 100-yard interception JOHN BREWINGTON - All-State Football, Cowapa League Player of the Year

Teams concentrated so hard on trying to stop him, that he was able to throw the two long touchdown passes to wide-open receivers. He had several four-touchdown games, and none less than two, save for the Baker playoff game.

Revis finished his last football season as Cowapa League Co-Player of the Year (along with teammate Tyler Schillereff on defense), and was named all-state on both offense and defense. He was all-league his junior year.

McNabb knew just a few games into Revis’ junior season what the 5-foot, 7-inch, 145-pounder was capable of. During an early game with Molalla, Revis had a 55-yard punt return for a TD, hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass, and made two big pass receptions near the end, including the game winner inside the last minute.

Revis remembers that game, but he lights up more recalling the win over arch-rival St. Helens that season. The game was the first between the two teams in over a decade, and around 4,000 fans turned out. He had a 27-yard pass for a score, a 14-yard fumble recovery for another, and a seven-yard pass reception for a touchdown. He had 153 yards receiving in the game and a 37-yard kickoff return.

McNabb was impressed after those games, saying, “Paul Revis is one the best competitors I’ve ever seen. He’s got another gear you don’t always see. He rises to the occasion. At crunch time, he likes to be the guy that gets the ball on offense or the one that makes the plays on defense.”

Football is probably Revis’ favorite sport, and while he plays both offense and defense well, he likes having the ball in his hands more.

“I like to get the ball, you get to see more people, and (make more plays),” he noted.

His height, or more aptly, his lack thereof, has never been an issue for Revis. “I don’t think it’s a problem. I like the height I am. I’m faster than most guys. You have to do the best with what you have. You have to challenge yourself and make goals.”

Revis says his goals are the same every season, “Win district, win league, win state. I’m more of a team goal kind of guy.”

Asked who the toughest player he faced in football was, he doesn’t hesitate to say Dane Bachman of Baker. “Offensively he was a stud and a lot taller. He made a lot of big plays. Defensively he was really smart and didn’t bite on anything.”

Revis wishes he could have back the Baker game, where he suffered an inadvertent kick to his eye. “That was a bummer, but we stopped them on fourth down.” He also wishes the game could have been played on turf to maximize Scappoose’s speed advantage, rather than having to slug it out in the mud.

“If the weather had been different it would have been a completely different game. Their line was kicking our butts all over the field. It would have been different on turf, or if we could have played it Friday night when it was nice instead of raining the next day.”

McNabb’s opinion of Revis hasn’t changed much. He said this week, “Paul will go down as one of not only the best football players, but also as one of the best athletes to attend Scappoose High School.”

Revis isn’t done with football. He plans to walk on at Oregon State University and would eventually like to come back to Scappoose to coach.

“I’d like to come back here after Nabs (McNabb) is gone and take over for him,” Revis laughed, but he may not be kidding.

He played basketball all four years and was a big part of the Cowapa League championship team this past winter as a point guard. Rahim Tufts coached him his last three years, including as a sophomore on the jayvee team.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Cowapa All-League basketball“It went really well my junior and senior years,” Revis said. “I enjoyed the people on the team. Tufts was one of my best coaches besides Joe Backus (Little League coach).”

Tufts had nothing but praise for Revis.

“The ultimate competitor,” Tufts said of him. “He wasn’t the tallest, not the most skilled, but competed hard and had a desire to win that equaled anybody that I’ve coached. His knowledge and awareness was phenomenal. The other team would run a play, he’d hear and then call it out (to our guys). He was a great leader and team player. We’d do a play once and he’d know all five positions. Run it once and he’s got it. Some guys you can run it 20 times before they know it and then just their position. He was a joy to coach and so much fun.”

He would continue baseball through his junior year in high school and was all-league and third-team all state that year. He only played three innings in the playoffs as a freshman, but was on the team that won the 2010 state tournament.

Revis and three friends decided to skip baseball their senior year and give track and field a go. It couldn’t have worked out much better for him. He competed in four events at state, placed in all four (two relays, the long jump, and 100 meter dash) to make all-state in a new sport.

Track coach David Harley talked with football coach McNabb and knew from the start that Revis could help the JOHN BREWINGTON - All-State Track in four events, All-League four events

“Obviously, Paul had a tremendous first season of track and field. I think it highlighted how good of an all-around athlete he is,” Harley said. “Occasionally we will have someone come out their senior year and be pretty successful in an event or two – but typically not on a statewide level to the degree in which Paul did. He may have been disappointed with his state meet in some respects, but when you consider that the guys he was competing against were likely four-year track and field competitors and he was a “12-week” track and field guy – it really was quite amazing with what he was able to do in a very short time. I’ll always wonder... ‘what if?’ he had been a four-year track performer. We were happy to have him, as we are anytime we get a new athlete to join us, but his impact was obviously much greater than the typical ‘one and done’ track athlete. It was fun to get the opportunity to be around him in an athletic setting as compared to my experiences with him in the classroom.”

Asked why he and his friends eschewed baseball for track, Revis said, “There was nothing wrong. We were just bored with baseball. We were tired and wanted to try something new. We decided ‘Why not go out for track our senior year.’ We all improved and had a ton of PRs. Kenny (Klippel) set a school record. We enjoyed going as a group. I wish I’d tried it sooner. I wish I could have done both sports my freshmen and sophomore years.

In his early years, Revis played Little League baseball, indoor soccer, and wrestled. He went to nationals in youth wrestling, but stopped after the eighth grade to play basketball.

Academically, Revis graduated with high honors, a 3.74 GPA. He’s thinking about studying business and marketing at Oregon State, but is wise enough to know he might change to something else a year from now.

Revis is headed to school with four buddies—Chris Tinning, Tyler Schillereff, Michael Lohman, and Taylor Thomas. They’ll be across the hall from each other in a dorm. They plan on getting an apartment their sophomore year. Lohman has been Revis’ best friend since he moved to the area.

The recent grad is a little lost these days—he’s not used to having nothing to do. He’s waiting for the weight room at school to open for the summer, but he’s got no summer basketball, baseball, football camp, or summer track on his schedule. That’s the first time he’s been so free in many years. He said he would have basketball and baseball games on the same day in past summers, and then have to go to the summer football camp.

For a 145-pound guy, Revis can lift quite bit in the weight room. He’s bench pressed 215, squatted 350, and power cleaned 235. He’s keeping that strength up to stay in shape and be ready for college football.

He said last summer he and his friends Chris, Michael, and Kyle Kramer would go golfing. He’s shooting in the mid 40s for nine holes—not a bad score for a novice. They will probably end up golfing again this summer.

It’s been an exceptional and storied high school sports career for Revis.

“I don’t have any regrets,” he concluded. “I definitely enjoyed high school. I had a lot of good friends and that made it easier.”

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