21-0 loss at Banks is just the third shutout in eight seasons for Sean McNabb.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Taylor Loss scrambles for yardage in the second half of the Indian's 21-0 loss to Banks. The Indians struggled to find success just about everywhere they looked, and were shut out for just the third time in eight seasons. For just the third time in eight seasons, the final buzzer sounded and the Indians (3-2, 0-1 Cowapa) hadn’t so much as scratched the scoreboard. Despite getting inside the redzone several times in the first half, and forcing Banks (5-0, 1-0 Cowapa) into countless mistakes, the Indians couldn’t get past mistakes of their own. The Braves got a huge game from senior quarterback Garrett Markham and senior running back Jarod Barger, who netted a touchdown in each of the final three quarters to push past Scappoose 21-0 at home.

Head Coach Sean McNabb hasn’t seen his team shut out often during his tenure as head coach. The last time was at the end of their 2012 run, where they were steamrolled by Baker, the eventual Class 4A state champion, in the playoffs. The next such instance was all the way back in 2005 in their home opener, when the Indians lost 38-0 to Sherwood.

In the locker room after the loss, McNabb challenged his players to respond, pointing out that the loss to Banks was just one game and the season isn’t over.

“You can’t change what happened,” said McNabb. “They’ve got to understand that there’s a lot of football left. We’re still in position to do really well. You can’t allow one loss in league to be the end.”

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Banks' defensive tackle Dylan Malouf (44) jumps in front of a passing attempt from Scappoose quarterback Taylor Loss. The 21-0 loss to the Braves marks the first time this season that Loss hasn't thrown for at least one touchdown.Defensively, Scappoose did quite a few things right. The defensive line, particularly junior tackle Devin Ray, got into the face of the Banks center. The added pressure made for a number of bad snaps. The first half alone saw the ball sail over Markham’s head four times, with another two in the second half. In addition to the balls that went flying into the backfield, even more snaps were dropped into the mud at Markham’s feet. Incredibly, Markham was hardly ever tackled for a loss on any of these plays. Showing a strong ability to scramble, the 6-2 185 lb senior was able to rush for positive yardage on most occasions, digging Banks out of what could have been a huge hole each and every time.

Markham’s big game through the air, 15-22, 247 yards, opened up plenty of opportunities for Barger, including a 62 yard scoring run early in the second half to put Banks up by two touchdowns.

For the Indians, not much was successful on offense. For the second straight game, the opposing defense bottled up the running game and against Banks, receivers had a hard time hanging on to passes.

McNabb, always one to look at the big picture, is confident in the team’s ability to turn things around and come back ready to work in practice next week in preparation for Yamhill-Carlton.

“Based on all the stuff that they’ve done and all the hard work that they’ve put in, the weight room in the summer and daily doubles when it’s 90 (degrees) - that means something,” said McNabb. “I truly feel, because of the things we’ve done together as a team, that they’ll come out ready to go. They understand the tradition here at Scappoose High School to play at a high level, and these guys love football. I have no doubt in my mind that they’ll come out and play hard on Monday.”

Note: Notable alumnus of Scappoose High School and Oregon State University star quarterback Derek Anderson was in attendance, and had a long talk with McNabb in the lockeroom after McNabb's post game speach with his team. Anderson graduated more than a decade ago, and is currently the backup quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

Scappoose 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Banks 0 7 7 7 -- 21


2nd Quarter

:29 Jarod Barger 2 run (Aaron Streblow kick)

3rd Quarter

10:51 Barger 62 run (Streblow kick)

4th Quarter

11:35 Barger 2 run (Streblow kick)

For more extensive coverage of this game, be sure to check back as the weekend progresses, and pick up a copy of the Spotlight in print on Oct. 4.

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