Scappoose star Tommy McKedy celebrates stellar senior season
First, Scappoose's Tommy McKedy had to prove himself to his high school teammates.
Next, McKedy showed that he could play with the state's best Class 4A football players.
After that, he lined up, competed and proved himself once more against Oregon's top 5A linemen.
McKedy, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle, missed out on his last chance to showcase his abilities when the 2020 Les Schwab Bowl was canceled, but that loss did little to take away from his stellar Scappoose career. The game was initially scheduled for the end of June at Hillsboro Stadium, pushed back a month to Saturday, July 25, then canceled due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I felt extremely excited and grateful to be selected to play in a game with some of the best players in the state," McKedy said. "Growing up, I always wanted the opportunity to play in the Schwab Bowl."
"We were pretty good last couple few years running the football and I feel he was a huge part of that because of his attitude and because of … his love of the game," said Scappoose football coach Sean McNabb.
During his tenure at Scappoose, McKedy was a four-year starter on the Indians' offensive line (two years at center and two years at guard) and a two-year starter on defense. Over the course of his career, McKedy's Scappoose teams went 18-4 in league play (two years in the Class 4A Cowapa League and two years in Class 5A's Special District 1 — West), 28-14 overall and reached the state playoffs all four years, including three straight berths in the state quarterfinals.
"Growing up, I always wanted the opportunity to play in the Schwab Bowl."
— Tommy McKedy
McKedy and the Indians' line had a lot to do with the team's success. On offense, Scappoose rushed for 152 yards per game in 2016, 278 yards a game in '17, 303 yards per contest in 2018 and 183 yards a game last fall.
"We always seem to have some kids with speed and … some decent skill kids, but to find offensive linemen (making) the holes — getting kids that are motivated to want to do that is not an easy job," McNabb said. "We had a lot of kids that gravitated to him that wanted to be part of it. I felt like just him being out there really sparked interest in a lot of kids that were pretty good size to come out and play."
Defensively, McKedy stepped up big-time during his two seasons as a starter on the line. After making 14 tackles as a sophomore, he came through with 29 stops (including five for loss) as a junior and 47 tackles (including 9.5 for loss) during his senior season.
In response, McKedy was named to the Special District 1 — West first team on both offense and defense, and later, to the Class 5A all-state honorable mention teams on both sides of the ball.
As painful as it was to miss the Schwab Bowl, McKedy chose instead to focus on the many positives that came from his senior season and Scappoose career.
"When the Les Schwab Bowl was canceled, I wasn't too shocked given the current situation," he said. "I was sad to hear that I wouldn't be able to play in one final high school game, (but) I value the friends and relationships I've made over the years."
"He meant a lot to our program," McNabb said. "Having him there four years, he was a great leader for us. Tommy was a was a big part of our program, and like I said, he really made a lot of those big guys around him motivated and want to play a position that isn't always easy to find."
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