INSTANT OFFENSE: Top-scoring Scappoose football will meet Cottage Grove's second-ranked attack
It seems inevitable that Class 4A's two best offenses should meet, and here the Indians and Lions are.
The Tribe (2-0 overall for the first time since its state semifinal run in 2014) and runner-up Cottage Grove (2-0 for the second year in a row) will flaunt their respective top and second-best scoring in a shootout at 7 p.m. Friday in Scappoose.
The Indians have scored more points in their first two weeks (113) than they did at this point in 2014 (110).
"It's very humbling [to lead the state in efficiency]," said Scappoose senior wide receiver Tevin Jeannis, who leads the Tribe with 166 yards and a touchdown on five catches. "We have so many guys that can score when the ball gets into their hands."
The Indians' 57 points per game eclipsed Cottage Grove's average of 53 last week, but the Lions' seven points allowed per outing ties for the third-fewest behind Sky-Em League rivals Sweet Home (three) and Elmira (four).
"It's a great feeling," said Scappoose senior quarterback Jerad Toman, who leads the offense with not only 271 passing yards and four touchdowns but 204 rushing yards and five end zone trips. "We have been working hard all offseason, so it's a good feeling to know it is starting to pay off."
The Tribe, intent on righting the wrong of last year's 24-21 loss at Cottage Grove and whose pillars are character, academics and strength, give up a fifth-fewest 10 points through two games, its best such defense since it beat Class 5A Roosevelt 41-8 in their 2013 opener and Estacada forfeited the next week.
Ross Parsons patrols the defensive midfield with 16 tackles, Gavin Larson and Trey Bispham chase quarterbacks for two respective sacks, and Jake Gray, Jimmy Jones and Mason Smiens oversee the secondary with an interception each.
The Lions breeze in from routing North Marion 56-0 in Aurora and running past visiting Madras 49-13.
Wide receiver Jacob Woods, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound all-state senior who sprinted to fourth by .42 seconds behind champion Rory Coon of Tillamook in the state 100-meter dash this spring, is a deep threat as he burned the White Buffaloes for a 48-yard touchdown.
Hayden Glenn (6-0, 160), also a senior wideout and an all-league defensive back, joins Woods on the edge.
Junior quarterback Dylan Graves (5-10, 155) leads the offense with all-state senior center Cooper Ladd (5-11, 185).
Graves threw for 81 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another against Madras, and senior running back Chad Bottorff (5-10, 185) sped to 163 yards and a score as the Lions led 42-0 at halftime.
Cottage Grove reaps its success with Sky-Em League Coach of the Year Gary Roberts, who helped senior offensive tackle Nate Farrell (5-10, 185), junior slot receiver/kicker/defensive back Erick Giffen (5-7, 150), linebackers Ladd and Bottorf and senior defensive lineman Joshua Claflin (6-1, 195) to all-league recognition.
COTTAGE GROVE AT SCAPPOOSE
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Fast and furious: The Indians and Lions will see whose offense shines brightest beneath the lights at Scappoose High School