CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY: No. 2 Scappoose football will hit Astoria for Cowapa League crown
If the Indians win Friday in Astoria, they'll celebrate their fourth Cowapa League championship in six years.
Astoria (4-3 overall, 2-2 Cowapa League) beat Scappoose (6-1, 4-0) in a 25-22 regular-season finale last year and, with No. 4 Banks (6-1, 3-1) on the Tribe's heels, the unenviable Fishermen find themselves next on the way to the Indians' Class 4A playoff run.
"I'm looking forward to coming out strong and walking away with a Cowapa League title," said Nate Maller, a Scappoose senior offensive lineman. "It's what we have been working for since spring ball, and it would be awesome to achieve that goal."
The Tribe repaid last year's losses to St. Helens and Valley Catholic, and there's still time to bring down top-ranked Cottage Grove, who beat the host Tribe 35-20 Sept. 15, at state.
Astoria is a thorn in the Indians' side, but Scappoose has beaten the Fishermen in seven of 13 contests by an average of 34-23 since their last Class 3A Cowapa League battles in 2004 and 2005.
The Tribe is ready to ride its Class 4A state trip as far as it can before it replaces Class 6A-bound Sandy in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference from at least 2018-2022, the acceptance of which the Oregon State Activities Association Executive Board and Delegate Assembly announced Tuesday.
"Going out and winning the game to clinch the league title [is all that matters in this last go-round]," Indians senior wide receiver/kicker Benji Davidson said.
Astoria scores 12 points against 17 per game after its 41-0 loss Thursday, Oct. 12, in Banks, and all-state senior kicker Andrew Schauermann's Fishermen are reeling on the short end of a three-week 81-7 scoring streak.
Astoria's league's co-Coach of the Year Howard Rub, who shares the honor with Scappoose's Sean McNabb, will have his boys ready.
The Tribe's 47 points per game ties Cottage Grove for the best in the state, and the Indians allow 21 points per outing.
"I'm really looking forward to the game: It should be fun and exciting," Scappoose junior lineman Terrence Lewis said. "This is our chance to go undefeated in league and take home a league title, but first we need to just focus on the game."
Jerad Toman is the Tribe's leading passer with 705 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions, and carries 540 yards and 12 scores with his feet.
Jimmy Jones is the top running back with 560 yards and 10 end zone trips, and Tevin Jeannis leads receivers with 448 yards and three flights for six.
Ross Parsons anchors the defense with 62 tackles -- 19 for loss -- as Joe Abbott's three sacks, Jones, Jake Gray and Matt Roth's respective pair of interceptions and Maller's two forced fumbles keep offenses off the field.
CLASS 4A FOOTBALL TOP 10
1. Cottage Grove 7-0
2. Scappoose 6-1
3. Marshfield 7-0
4. Banks 6-1
5. Mazama 6-1
6. La Grande 6-1
7. Sweet Home 6-1
8. Henley 4-3
9. Phoenix 5-2
10. North Bend 7-1