Tribe scores 46 unanswered points to blow out the Cheesemakers and remain in the post-season tussle.
The Indians may not have gotten a shutout, but for some reason it sure felt like it. Maybe it was the 26 second half points by the relentless Tribe offense, or it might have been the number of points Tillamook scored after the first quarter – zero. A few painful mistakes gave the Cheesemakers (0-7, 0-5 Cowapa) an early 14-13 edge, but that was all they could muster as No. 6 Scappoose (5-2, 3-2 Cowapa) scored 46 unanswered points and dominated Tillamook for the 59-14 victory.
It didnt take long for Scappoose to get the scoring train rolling. Starting on their own 33 yard line, the Indians powered down the field behind a hot start from senior running back Carson Davison. The focus on the rushing game for the last few weeks was paying dividends, as Davison had runs of 13 and 23 yards on the drive, which ended in a 1-yard rushing touchdown for junior running back Jonathan Tardiff.
Tillamook wasnt about to simply roll over and give up. On their first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Matt Strang hit junior receiver Ryan Rawe on a huge passing play – 51 yards to the Indians 7 yard line. Scappoose might have held, but an off sides penalty bumped the Tribe backward, setting up the 1-yard touchdown run from junior fullback Rafael Gomez.
The Cheesemakers scored again after the Indians went up by another touchdown, though the scoring pass from Strang to Isaac Stellflug was Tillamooks last points of the game, coach Sean McNabb says the sluggish defensive start is an area of concern.
I didnt think we were very focused, and thats something that weve got to fix, said McNabb. Hopefully we learned something tonight, that youve got to come out ready to go. Youve got to start thinking about it during the week and youve got to start thinking about it on the drive here and in the locker room. I dont think we did a very good job of that today.
In the second quarter, the Indians started to tight the screws. Scappoose had rumbled all the way into scoring position from their own 39 yard line when a pitch on second-and-12 tumbled into Tillamooks hands on the Cheesemaker two yard line. The Tribe didnt give an inch on defense, pushing Tillamook backward until they were forced to punt from the back of the end zone.
Senior receiver Justice Oman scored on a 24-yard pass from Loss, and three plays into the next Tillamook drive, junior Jake Ford got the pick-six and the rout was on. Minutes later, Senior receiver Nick Rust caught a 19 yard pass and scored, giving the Indians a 33-14 halftime advantage. Luckily for Tillamook, things could have been worse, Rusts 65-yard touchdown on a kick return was called back for holding, and a few minutes later, Rust wasnt quite able to haul in a 30-yard pass from Loss in the end zone.
The holding call was one of many such misques for Scappoose, something that plagued the Indians all night long.
We had a couple returns where we had the returner way out in front, and we had guys 10, 15 yards back, theyre clipping or holding, Illegal blocks, said McNabb. Thats stuff that just cant happen. Its one of those things where, its not legal. Thats not something to me thats playing aggressive, thats just not playing smart.
The second half continued the mistakes by the Indians. Oman stepped in front of a pass for an interception in the third quarter, but a penalty gave possession back to Tillamook. Then a personal foul moved Tillamook all the way to the Indian 29 yard line before linebacker Lional Sandoval picked off Strang, setting up a five-play, 70-yard touchdown.
Late in the third quarter, it happened again. Braden Clark pulled off a fantastic 55-yard punt return for a touchdown, only to have his strike negated due to a pair of illegal block in the back penalties, which eventually pushed Scappoose back to their own 45 yard line.
A late hit on the sideline or a late hit on the quarterback, sometimes thats just guys that their motors going and theyre playing hard and theyre trying to get to that guy, said McNabb. The clips and the holds and that kind of stuff, thats just not very smart. Lazy football, mentally.
The mistakes against Tillamook didnt seem to be making a difference on the scoreboard. Midway through the fourth quarter, Loss hit junior receiver Jacob Wendelshafer for an 18-yard touchdown to put Scappoose up by 38. With only a few minutes remaining, Joseph Krupsky hit his brother David Krupsky for seven yards for the touchdown, giving Scappoose its final margin of victory.
The Indians will take Friday off before hitting the practice field on Monday in preparation for their next match up, a challenge on the road at Seaside (6-1, 4-1 Cowapa). The game is a crucial one, as the winner will likely take second place in the Cowapa league behind Banks. If the current rankings hold, No. 5 Central will get the wild-card nod to skip the play-in round and host a first-round playoff game. Scappoose could move into that spot should they finish the season ranked high enough, but they must first knock off Seaside and move into the second spot in the Cowapa league.
Scappoose 13-20-13-14 – 59
Tillamook 14-0-0-0 – 14
SC – 9:42 Jonathan Tardiff 1 run (Ben Gadbois kick failed)
TM – 7:59 Rafael Gomez 1 run (Zach Wingate kick)
SC – 7:05 Braden Clark 17 run (kick failed)
TM – 3:08 Isaac Stellflug 8 pass from Matt Strang (Wingate kick)
SC – 7:32 Justice Oman 24 pass from Taylor Loss (run failed)
SC – 6:32 Jake Ford 35 interception (Gadbois kick)
SC – 2:38 Nick Rust 19 pass from Loss (Gadbois kick)
SC – 6:29 Rust 30 run (run failed)
SC – :52 Tardiff 1 run (kick blocked)
SC – 9:01 Jacob Wendelshafer 18 pass from Loss (Gadbois kick)
SC – 4:34 David Krupsky 7 pass from Joseph Krupsky (Gadbois kick)