Indians bring Class 4A's best offense to Cheesemakers, who are frustrated after close loss to No. 1 Banks

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Senior linebackers Ross Parsons (54) and Willy Lohman (5) and the Indians' defense can bring down upstart Tillamook's best offense in four years.

If the Indians aren't careful, the Cheesemakers will redeem themselves after last week's unlucky home loss to No. 1 Banks.

Scappoose is scheduled to hit the road for a 7 p.m. game on Friday in Tillamook.

"I am excited to play," Tribe senior running back Jimmy Jones said. "I think it's gonna be a hard-fought game."

The Indians (3-1 overall, 1-0 Cowapa League) have beaten the Cheesemakers (2-2, 0-1) eight times in a row by an average of 49-12 since they crashed Scappoose's Homecoming 29-27 on Halloween in 2008, but Tillamook carries the ire of losing a high snap at the Braves' one-yard line in a 27-13 home loss.

"I want a good fight," Tribe senior linebacker Ross Parsons said. "We overlooked Seaside last week, and we won't make that mistake this week."

The Cheesemakers score 21 points and allow 18 per game -- their best offense at this point since 2013 (21) and their best such defense since 2012 (14) -- as they beat Yamhill-Carlton 43-14 and survived Junction City 13-7 at home in their first two weeks but fell 22-16 in Estacada and will welcome the Indians with authority after the Braves got away.

"I think Tillamook this year is one of the better Tillamook teams we've had to face in the past couple years," Scappoose junior lineman Terrence Lewis said. "This should only mean to keep our heads on straight and go into the game looking to take an early lead. I look forward to playing Tillamook because they've shown they can play side by side to the No. 1-ranked team in the state, and with a couple kids injured, we still plan to come out strong."

The Cheesemakers unleash all-league defensive backs in senior Austin Weeks and junior Christopher Silveira, though Silveira came away injured early last Friday.

"I look forward to showing Cowapa what we are really made of," Tribe senior wide receiver Tevin Jeannis said. "Last week, I felt, was a poor game for us, and we need to come out hard and fast."

The Indians score more than anyone in Class 4A with 46 points per game -- their best through a month since their state runner-up campaign in 2015 (51) -- and give up 17 points, their fewest through four weeks since their quarterfinal run in 2013 (16, in the second week of which Estacada forfeited).

Jerad Toman leads with 433 passing yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, and has run for 340 yards and nine scores.

Jones is a force of late with 283 rush yards, and Jeannis is the top receiver with 270 yards.

Parsons, Jones and Matt Roth lead the defense with 34, 32 and 25 respective tackles, and Jones, Trey Bispham and Gavin Larson all carry two sacks.

Jones and Parsons have both forced a fumble, and Roth, Lewis, Nicky Gill and Quincy Cleveland have all recovered a fumble.

Jake Gray is an ace in the secondary with two interceptions, four passes deflected and seven tackles.

"We aren't very happy with how we have been playing the last two weeks," said Gray, a senior defensive back. "We had a better second half [last week] against Seaside, but we know we could have played better for the whole game. We are all looking to bounce back against Tillamook, play to our full potential and take one more step to becoming league champs."


WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

EAGER RIVALS: The Indians can stay perfect in the Cowapa League and beat the Cheesemakers for a ninth year in a row

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