Benji Davidson's field goal lifts Scappoose football over Banks
Benji Davidson, in what just may be the Indians' most exciting finish next to winning three Class 3A championships in a row in 2000, 2001 and 2002, kicked Scappoose into its Disney-themed Homecoming Week.
The senior's 33-yard field goal -- his first high school attempt -- booted hometown Banks from the unbeaten in a 51-49 dream come true on Friday, Oct. 6.
"My heart had been pounding," Davidson said. "I knew that we would get into field goal range and kick it: This game was so meaningful to our team, and it was all coming down to this one kick. I had become so nervous, I just tried to clear my mind and not think about anything. I felt so much relief as I saw the ball clear the uprights."
The Tribe (5-1 overall, 3-0 Cowapa League), with its fairytale finish, beat the Braves (5-1, 2-1) for the fourth year in a row and is the new frontrunner for the league crown.
"[The best part was] just celebrating with the team after Benji's game-winning kick," said Jack Eggers, a senior running back who dashed for 80 yards and and a pair of touchdowns, the second of which helped to push the Indians ahead 48-43 with 2:16 left.
Banks junior quarterback Hayden Vandehey and junior wide receiver Blake Gobel's 11-yard touchdown (with a failed two-point attempt as Matt Roth roped Vandehey) seemed the game-winner, but 40.3 seconds were a blessing for frenetic Scappoose.
Tevin Jeannis brought the kickoff all the way to the Braves' 37-yard line and, from the 16 with one-tenth of a second left, Davidson split the uprights.
"Definitely the field goal [was the pinnacle of the evening]," said Tribe senior linebacker Ross Parsons, who, with Roth (who sacked Vandehey twice) and Trey Bispham led the defense with 15, 12 and nine respective tackles.
The free-for-all opened with Vandehey's 33-yard touchdown to junior wide receiver Bret Cameron and senior Zachary Streblow's point-after as Banks jumped out 7-0 2:17 into the evening.
Jerad Toman's 59-yard touchdown dash and 96-yard interception of Vandehey, with a pair of Davidson extra points, lent a 14-7 Indians lead with 5:23 left in the first quarter.
Vandehey's three-yard run brought the Braves back, though Streblow's point-after missed and the Indians led 14-13 after a quarter.
Toman and Jeannis reeled off a 64-yard score, and Eggers' one-yard leap over the goal line lifted Scappoose to a 28-13 advantage with 3:41 to halftime.
Vandehey's 44-yard heave to senior wide receiver Gunnar Partain (with a failed two-point conversion) and junior wideout Blake Gobel's five-yard score (with Streblow's PAT), however, kept the Braves within two points, 28-26, at the break.
Vandehey found Gobel again for 11 yards, a Streblow extra point and a 33-28 lead with 1:58 in the third, but Toman and Gavin Larson went 75 yards through the air (though Davidson's extra point missed) and recovered a 34-33 advance into the fourth.
Vandehey dashed five yards for a score and Streblow's extra point and 21-yard field goal pushed the Braves ahead 43-34 with 5:30 left on their side, but Toman's 54-yard sprint, Eggers' 26-yard dart and Davidson's twin extra points gave the Indians a 48-43 lead with a nervous 2:16 to play.
Toman completed six of eight passes for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns, ran for 150 yards and two more scores, and Jeannis caught four passes for 104 yards.
Vandehey went 23-for-32 for 382 yards and five touchdowns and scrambled for 87 yards.
Junior linebacker Josiah Ochoa (who forced a fumble) and Gobel led the Braves with 19 and 12 tackles each.
The Tribe is scheduled for Homecoming against Valley Catholic (2-4, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday, the results of which will be available at spotlightnews.net.
Friday, Oct. 6
S 14 14 6 17 — 51
B 13 13 7 16 — 49
B Bret Cameron 33-yard pass from Hayden Vandehey (Zachary Streblow PAT good), 9:43
S Jerad Toman 59-yard run (Benji Davidson PAT good), 8:55
S Toman 96-yard interception return (Davidson PAT good), 5:23
B Vandehey 3-yard run (Streblow PAT failed), :45
S Tevin Jeannis 64-yard pass from Toman (Davidson kick), 8:08
S Jack Eggers 1-yard run (Davidson PAT good), 3:41
B Gunnar Partain 44-yard pass from Vandehey (2-point conversion failed), 2:59
B Blake Gobel 5-yard pass from Vandehey (Streblow kick), :26
B Gobel 11-yard pass from Vandehey (Streblow PAT), 1:58
S Gavin Larson 75-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT failed), 1:36
B Vandehey 5-yard run (Streblow PAT good), 11:49
B Streblow 21-yard field goal, 5:30
S Toman 54-yard run (Davidson PAT good), 5:11
S Eggers 26-yard run (Davidson PAT good), 2:16
B Gobel 11-yard pass from Vandehey (2-point attempt failed), :40
S Benji Davidson 33-yard field goal, :.01