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Seagulls bring Class 4A's fifth-best defense to town against Indians' third-ranked scoring

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Junior defensive lineman Terrence Lewis (50), senior defensive lineman Trey Bispham (78) and the Indians hope to bring Seaside back down to earth at home on Friday.

The Indians will see just how much sharper the Seagulls are in their Cowapa League opener on Friday.

Scappoose (2-1 overall) and its Class 4A third-ranked offense are scheduled to host Seaside (2-1) and its fifth-best defense at 7 p.m.

"Seaside looks very crisp on the plays they run, and they shouldn't be overlooked," Tribe junior lineman Terrence Lewis said. "We just gotta come out Friday with the mindset to be 1-0 after the night."

The Indians have beaten Seaside by an average of 47-9 in each of the last 10 years, but all-leaguers Cameron King (a 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior running back-turned-tight end), Duncan Thompson (a 6-foot, 180 junior wide receiver-turned-running back), Gio Ramirez (a 5-foot-7, 155 junior linebacker) and Alexander Teubner (a 5-foot-11, 175 junior defensive back) hope to reverse the curse.

Scappoose's 44 points scored per game trails only No. 2 Banks (48) and fourth-ranked Cottage Grove (47), and its defense holds rivals to 18 points per outing.

Jerad Toman has thrown for 328 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, and he's scrambled for 286 yards and seven scores.

Tevin Jeannis is the Tribe's top receiver with 166 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

Ross Parsons, Jimmy Jones and Connor McNabb lead the defense with 22, 21 and 20 respective tackles, Trey Bispham, Jones and Gavin Larson have all rushed quarterbacks for two sacks, and Jake Gray, Jones, Mason Smiens and Matt Roth all have an interception.

The Seagulls fly in scoring 36 points per game and giving up but 11 points per game after beating Newport 47-13 in their road opener, falling 14-0 at Class 3A No. 7 Clatskanie and pecking Yamhill-Carlton 60-6 at home last week.

Teubner ran for 160 yards on seven carries on Sept. 15, and Ramirez dashed for 78 yards and a 38-yard touchdown on seven attempts.

Junior quarterback Payton Westerholm (6-1, 170) completed two passes, one to Thompson for a 55-yard touchdown and the other to Teubner for a 16-yard score.

SEASIDE AT SCAPPOOSE

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

LEAGUE BATTLE: The Indians have beaten the Seagulls by an average of 49-7 in the last 10 years

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