Indians beat back-to-back Provincial AAA semifinalist Hyacks for second year in a row, 51-13

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior quarterback Jerad Toman, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a 51-13 win at New Westminster on Friday, Sept. 1, in British Columbia, Canada, rides junior lineman Terrence Lewis' block in practice relocated due to poor air quality from wildfires across Oregon and Washington, on Tuesday at Otto Petersen Elementary's gym in Scappoose.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior defensive back Jake Gray (4) returned a New Westminster interception 20 yards for a touchdown.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior defensive lineman Gavin Larson (88) collapsed the New Westminster pocket for a pair of sacks.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior defensive back Jimmy Jones, center, junior linebacker Matt Roth and junior defensive back Connor McNabb led the defense with seven respective tackles against New Westminster.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians sophomore running back Easton Decker lays a stiff-arm in practice.

The Indians had little trouble with New Westminster on Friday, Sept. 1, in the Royal City, 294 miles north and over the Canadian border in British Columbia.

Scappoose led 19-6 after a quarter, 31-6 before halftime and 45-6 in the third on the way to a 51-13 win.

Jerad Toman and Tevin Jeannis connected for a 90-yard touchdown pass for the Tribe (1-0 overall), Kawika Napaa ran for a three-yard score and Jake Gray returned an interception 20 yards to the house.

"Canada was a blast: A lot of team bonding and a lot of mental preparation for the game," said Toman, a senior quarterback who completed three of five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and ran three times for 77 yards and reached the end zone twice more. "We took a charter bus down there: It was a long trip, but very fun."

Jeannis caught two passes for 101 yards.

"It was a fun trip," said Indians senior defensive back Jimmy Jones, who, with Matt Roth and Connor McNabb, led the defense with seven respective tackles. "The bus trip was a grind, but it was enjoyable for the most part."

Gavin Larson overpowered the Hyacks (0-1) for two sacks as Jones, Jack Eggers, Trey Bispham and Joe Abbott all wrangled one, and Nicky Gill and Terrence Lewis recovered a fumble each.

"Our defense put pressure on their quarterback right after the snap, which forced him to make an errant throw that I was able to break on," said Gray, a senior defensive back, of his first high school interception for a touchdown. "After that, we had all other 10 guys blocking, which allowed me to take it all the way back."

Scappoose hit the weight room hours before the game and enjoyed the hospitality of a Comfort Inn.

Next for the Tribe is the Seven-Mile War with Class 5A quarterfinalist St. Helens, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Indians are eager to avenge last year's 41-27 loss at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.

"I love to compete, so every chance is exciting," Jones said.

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