No. 2 Indians football will host seventh-ranked Ontario in Class 4A quarterfinals
The Indians' quarterfinal quest rolls on against Ontario Friday at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.
Scappoose (8-1 overall), with a 33-10 Class 4A first-round win over Cascade (6-4), which bested the Tribe for the 2015 championship, is scheduled to host the No. 7 Tigers (7-2), who bounced the visiting Indians from the first round last year, at 7 p.m.
St. Helens High School junior Luke Roth will call the game in his first radio appearance at mixlr.com/lukeroth1015.
"Stopping the run is our defense's first commandment, and if we do that and force them to pass, we will have a good shot," said Scappoose senior lineman Nate Maller, who, with Ross Parsons, leads the defense with two forced fumbles. "[Assistant coach Joe Nowlin] has preached stopping the run since day one."
Ontario survived 10th-ranked Banks 41-40 at home in the first round and will drive 402 miles to Doc Ackerson Stadium for its second quarterfinal in a row after playing to a 1-7 record in 2015.
The Tigers chase their first state championship after forfeiting the Class 3A trophy in 2007, and the Tribe is out for its first since its Class 3A three-peat in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The Indians-Ontario winner will see the third-ranked Marshfield (9-0)-La Grande (8-2) survivor in the semifinals Nov. 18.
"Stop the run and keep their skill guys in check," said Scappoose coach Sean McNabb of the keys against the Tigers.
Ontario and all-state senior tight end Noah Navarrette (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) repeated as Greater Oregon League champions and score 38 points against 26 per game while Cowapa League champion Scappoose ties Marshfield for the third-best offense (44 points per outing) and gives up an average of 17.
"They are going to try to shut down our run game, so we have to be successful in our passing game, and our defense needs to stop their run," said Tribe senior running back Jack Eggers, the team's second-leading rusher with 634 yards and 12 touchdowns to Jimmy Jones (675 yards, 12 scores).
Jerad Toman brings 945 passing yards, 12 aerial touchdowns and three interceptions into Friday, and has run for 637 yards and 12 more end zone trips.
Tevin Jeannis is the top receiver with 563 yards and six six-point flights.
"Being disciplined on defense and being able to execute on offense [is vital," said Jeannis, a senior wideout.
Benji Davidson has made both of his field goals and converted 47 of 55 extra points.
Parsons (78 tackles), Jones and Matt Roth (61 stops each) anchor the defense, and Roth is the top pass rusher with four sacks.
"[It's about] stopping the run game and staying sound in pass coverage," said Parsons, a senior linebacker.
Jones, Jeannis, Roth and Jake Gray patrol the airwaves with two interceptions each.
SCAPPOOSE CRASHES CASCADE
The Indians' defense stonewalled Cascade senior quarterback Quinn Legner's keepers -- his side's go-to play -- over center, and Toman and Jones outperformed him.
Jones' one-yard touchdown run and Benji Davidson's point-after put the Cougars under the gun a minute and 48 seconds into the first quarter, and Scappoose stopped Cascade short on a 4th-and-2 run at the Cougar 38.
Toman picked up a first down with an option toss to his right, but Cascade sophomore defensive lineman Brandon White interrupted the next one on the left seam and recovered it at the Cougars 17.
Legner put junior kicker Joel Negrete in range for a 39-yard field goal to trail 7-3 into the second quarter.
Legner ran short of a first down on 4th-and-2 at the Tribe 38, and Toman dashed six yards on 4th-and-4 at his own 43.
Jeannis danced 11 yards up the left sideline with Toman's quick pass for a touchdown on the very next play, and Connor McNabb retrieved a Cougar fumble at the Cascade 41 to nurse a 14-3 halftime lead.
Jeannis returned a punt 50 yards to the Cougar 32 midway through the third, and McNabb's leaping touchdown catch over the middle on the next play -- though Cascade blocked Davidson's point-after -- lay a comfortable 20-3 lead with 6:41 to the fourth.
Jones' three-yard burst on 4th-and-1 at the Cougar 30 kept the Cascade defense on the field, and Jeannis went uncovered 27 yards deep right on the next play for a 27-3 runaway through three.
Eggers dove for a 4th-and-1 at the Cascade 40 and made good on the drive with a one-yard scoring run and a 33-3 advance at 10:12 in the fourth.
Cougar sophomore defensive back Elijah Nolan intercepted Andrew De Grande right and returned it nine yards to trail 33-10 inside of four minutes left, but Davidson's interception over the middle sent Cascade 85 miles back home to Turner in style.
Toman completed 16 of 24 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns and led the running game with 55 yards on seven carries, Jeannis caught eight passes for 81 yards, and McNabb and Roth made 11 tackles each.
CLASS 4A STATE QUARTERFINALS: NO. 7 ONTARIO AT NO. 2 SCAPPOOSE
WHERE: Doc Ackerson Stadium, in St. Helens
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
RUNNING ON: The Indians can avenge last year's first-round loss to the Tigers and meet the La Grande-No. 3 Marshfield winner in the semifinals Nov. 18.
SCAPPOOSE 33, CASCADE 10
Friday, Nov. 3, at Doc Ackerson Stadium, in St. Helens
C 3 0 0 7 -- 10
S 7 7 13 6 -- 33
S Jimmy Jones 1-yard run (Benji Davidson PAT), 10:12
C Joel Negrete 39-yard field goal, :42.4
S Tevin Jeannis 11-yard pass from Jerad Toman (Davidson PAT), 3:00
S Connor McNabb 32-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT blocked), 6:41
S Jeannis 27-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT), 2:15
S Jack Eggers 1-yard run (Davidson PAT missed), 10:12
C Elijah Nolan 9-yard interception return (Negrete PAT), 3:48