Top-scoring Indians can beat Braves for fourth year in a row, claim first in Cowapa League

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Senior running back Jimmy Jones and the Indians will play at Banks in a battle for first in the Cowapa League.

The Cowapa League championship trail runs through Banks, and here come the Indians.

Scappoose (4-1 overall, 2-0 Cowapa League for the first time since its run to the Class 4A state championship game in 2015) is scheduled to meet the Braves (5-0, 2-0 for the first time since their first-round exit in 2013) at 7 p.m. Friday.

"Banks is always a big game," Tribe coach Sean McNabb said. "[I'm] looking forward to the challenge."

The Indians score 45 points per game -- second only to top-ranked Cottage Grove (47) -- against 18 allowed, while the Braves' offense (44 points per) is third-best against their 14-point average allowance.

"[I expect] a good game," said Jimmy Jones, a senior running back who leads Scappoose with 458 rushing yards and eight touchdowns after last week's five-score performance in Tillamook.

The Tribe has beaten Banks three years in a row by an average of 36-13, and Friday is vital if the Indians are to reclaim the league crown.

A single game behind the Indians and Braves is defending league champion Astoria (3-2, 1-1), set to play at Banks Oct. 12 and host Scappoose in the regular-season finale Oct. 20.

The Braves beat Valley Catholic 48-7 a week ago in Beaverton, where junior dual threat quarterback Hayden Vandehey (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 151 yards and a pair of scores.

Blake Markham (a 6-foot-3, 193 junior wide receiver and cornerback) caught four passes for 56 yards and two end zone trips.

Hayden Gobel (a 6-foot, 165 junior lineman and wide receiver) led the defense with 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Bryson Cook (a 6-foot, 205 sophomore linebacker) came up with two sacks, Gunnar Partain (a 5-foot-9, 165 all-league linebacker and wide receiver) intercepted a pass, and Bennett Turner (a 5-foot-8, 146 junior wide receiver and cornerback) jumped on a loose ball.

For the Tribe, Jerad Toman carries 502 passing yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions, 334 rush yards and 10 scores, and Tevin Jeannis leads receivers with 339 yards and two end zone trips.

Ross Parsons, Jones and Matt Roth anchor the defense with 43, 42 and 29 respective tackles, Trey Bispham, Jones and Gavin Larson have all roped two sacks, Jones and Gray have both picked two passes, and Nate Maller has forced two fumbles.


WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

TAKING OVER: The winner will enjoy the Cowapa League lead


1. Cottage Grove 5-0

2. Marshfield 5-0

3. Mazama 5-0

4. Banks 5-0

5. La Grande 4-1

6. North Bend 6-0

7. Scappoose 4-1

8. Henley 3-2

9. Sweet Home 4-1

10. Cascade 3-2

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