Joey Krupsky will take over as the team's starting quarterback

Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Colton Bird's interception and run near the end of practice provided a highlight for the Indians, who will look to retool and fill the holes left by last year's standouts.For those familiar with the 2013 Scappoose football squad, peering at the numbers on the back of a few jerseys would be a little strange at first.

Number 19 is no longer lighting quick receiver Justice Oman. Number 18, which belonged to all-league quarterback Taylor Loss, is vacant, as is the number belonging to power runner Carson Davison.

Naturally, practice on Wednesday had a decidedly different feel in comparison to last year’s team. They've got a host of returning names across the board, including starters from a year ago and players who saw significant time in backup roles. They will be thoroughly tested as the team hits the practice field this week in preparation for next Friday's jamboree with St. Helens and R.A. Long.

Monday, Aug. 18 practices opened with helmets for the first time, with full pads being allowed as early as Wednesday.

Perhaps the most noticeable change with the current squad was the assertion from senior outside linebacker Johnathan Tardif, who led the team in a post-practice chant. With many of the high-powered offensive players having graduated, along with several important pieces on the defensive side of the ball, Tardif will likely be a mainstay in stopping the run.

The Indians also got a chance to open things up and dash a little, darting forward to catch “rabbits” – punt and kick returners and giving their prospective kickers a few reps. Junior Jarrett White showed off his impressive speed a few months after winning the Cowapa League 100 meter track title in the spring, and figures to be among the quickest backs Scappoose will feature throughout the season.

Also back is senior Joey Krupsky, who saw limited time behind Taylor Loss last season until an injury forced Krupsky into the starting position, a start which produced a win over Astoria on the road. Krupsky didn't do much of the throwing during defensive drills near the end of practice, stepping back and allowing Robert Lohman a majority of the snaps.

Highlight moment: Junior outside linebacker Colton Bird leapt in front of a pass intended for junior wide receiver Alec Thomas during defensive drills, coming away with a big interception.

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