Cougars pulled upset of Indians in 2015 championship game at Hillsboro Stadium

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Liam McMullen (55), Jerad Toman (2), Tevin Jeannis (8), Jesse Porter (53), Rylan Warner (21), Ross Parsons (54) and the Indians will begin their final Class 4A state championship run in the first round against Cascade, which brought their 2015 streak to an end in the title game, Friday at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.

In the perfect start to their Revenge Tour playoff run, the 2015 Class 4A runner-up Indians and champion Cougars will see each other again in the first round Friday.

Scappoose (7-1 overall), with rain in the forecast, is scheduled to host Cascade (6-3) at 7 p.m. on the turf of Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.

"Being on the second-place team from 2015, playing against them in that game and suffering the heartbreak of losing to them twice [as Cascade won the season opener in Turner and was the only team to beat the Tribe on the way to its second crown and its first since winning it all in Class AA in 1980] really sucked," said Nate Maller, an Indians offensive lineman and running back. "In keeping with our 'Back in Black' mentality from this year, we the [20] seniors have decided to add this as another stop on the trip. They have a great team, but we are going into the game with the same fire we had behind the St. Helens game [a 62-6 home win Sept. 8]."

The winner will meet the survivor of No. 7 Ontario, which beat Scappoose in the first round last year, and 10th-ranked Banks in the quarterfinals Nov. 10 at a time and place to be announced.

"I think we are all pumped for this game because not only is it the first round of the playoffs, us seniors were a part of the team in 2015 that lost to Cascade in the state championship game," said Tribe wide receiver and defensive back Jake Gray, who, with Jimmy Jones and Matt Roth, leads the team with a pair of interceptions. "Although not all of us played that game, we were all there and remember it, and we are looking forward to hopefully coming out on top this time and advancing to the next round."

This just may be the latest of many playoff royales between the Indians and the Cougars before they jump up to the respective Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference and Mid-Willamette Conference in 2018.

Scappoose has nonetheless taken three of the last five from Cascade, including a 20-7 quarterfinal win in 2014, by a favorable average score of 38-30.

"There isn't much time left for me and my team to play high school ball," said Jones, a senior running back and defensive back who punishes tacklers for 640 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. "I cherish every chance I get to compete."

The Cougars, out to reach their fourth quarterfinal in a row and their fifth in six years, made sure there will be a new state champion after beating North Bend 35-7 in a home play-in Friday, Oct. 27.

Cascade features all-Oregon West Conference seniors Quinn Legner (a 5-foot-10, 150-pound quarterback), Louie Sanchez (a 6-foot-3, 240 guard), Kade Van De Hey (a 5-foot-11, 165 linebacker) and Kevin Kuenzi (a 5-foot-7, 140 defensive back) and scores 28 points against 17 per outing while the Tribe is good for 46 points -- second only to No. 1 Cottage Grove (49) -- versus 18 per game.

"It should be a good game for us," said Tevin Jeannis, an Indians wideout and defensive back with a team-high 482 receiving yards and four touchdowns. "They are a run-heavy offense, which is what we had [to deal with] at the start of the year against New Westminster and St. Helens."

Jerad Toman drives Scappoose with 793 passing yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions, and has run for 582 yards and 12 scores.

Benji Davidson is two-for-two in field goals and 44-of-50 on extra-points.

Ross Parsons, Jones and Roth anchor the defense with 70, 55 and 50 respective tackles, and Roth is the top pass rusher with four sacks.

"It should be a great matchup for us," Tribe coach Sean McNabb said. "Quite a bit of history with the two teams over the years."


WHERE: Doc Ackerson Stadium, St. Helens

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

KICKING CASCADE: The No. 2 Indians can bounce the Cougars, who upset them for the championship in 2015, from the postseason for the second time in four years

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