No. 7 Ontario football overruns second-ranked Scappoose in Class 4A quarterfinal
In the fog of the Class 4A football playoffs, neither a lead nor a higher seed is safe.
The Class 5A-bound Cowapa League champion Indians welcomed 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior running back Ethan Kameshige and repeat Greater Oregon League winner Ontario Friday, Nov. 10, at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens, but Kameshige ran free for four touchdowns in a 53-39 upset.
"We played hard but we had some breakdowns and it cost us," Scappoose senior linebacker Ross Parsons said.
In fact, the Tigers (8-2 overall), unbeaten in five road games by an average score of 46-19, won their sixth game in a row in their 402-mile trip to St. Helens and are scheduled to face third-ranked Marshfield (10-0) in the semifinals at 2:15 p.m. Nov. 18 at Hillsboro Stadium.
Ontario bounced the Tribe (8-2) from the playoffs as they did at home in the first round last year, though the Indians beat the Tigers for Scappoose's third Class 3A championship in a row in 2002.
The Tribe averaged seven wins, lifted the league championship trophy for the fourth time in six years and reached the postseason in 11 of its 12 Class 4A seasons.
The Ontario-Marshfield winner -- the former of which will come right back 389 miles northwest as the latter journeys 230 miles northeast -- is to see the top-ranked Cottage Grove (10-0)-fourth-ranked Mazama (9-1) survivor to replace North Bend as champion Nov. 25.
The Tigers found no folly in their downhill-running, fumble-forcing forte up Highway 30.
In spite of Ontario's temerity, Jack Eggers ran for an Indians first down on 4th-and-2 to the Tiger 40-yard line, immediately after which Jerad Toman and Connor McNabb celebrated a touchdown for a 6-0 lead at 10:10 in the first quarter as Benji Davidson's point-after sailed wide.
Ontario faced 4th-and-3 at its 46 and drew Scappoose offside for a fresh 1st-and-10, and Kameshige ran off the right tackle for six. Senior Alex Gastelum kicked the extra-point and the Tigers led 7-6 at 5:49.
Toman escaped pressure 48 yards for a score, and, though Davidson's point-after nailed the left upright and richocheted out to the right, stretched a 12-7 lead at 1:45.
Tiger senior wide receiver Andy Sanchez pulled in a 30-yard pass from fourth-year quarterback Mike Mejia at the left pylon, rolled across the goal line and, with Gastelum's plus-one, reasserted a 14-12 lead at 10:40 in the second.
Ontario junior linebacker Justis Tarpley scooped a Tribe fumble and high-tailed it to the Indians 17, and Kameshige rewarded the ferocity with a one-yard, six-point dive. Mejia snuck through the 'A' gap for two points, and the lead reached 22-12 with 8:02 to intermission.
Scappoose, frustrated with back-to-back unsportsmanlike penalties, faced 4th-and-37 at its own 14 and punted, and Mejia brought Gastelum into range for a 37-yard field goal and a 25-12 charge with 3:47 to the break.
Eggers ripped into the open field to the Tiger 21, Jimmy Jones lowered his shoulders for a touchdown from a yard out, Davidson made his point-after and the Tribe jumped back in, 25-19, at 1:47.
Ontario spied Eggers and Jones and chased Toman with seconds left, and Jones slammed his black-and-orange helmet to the goal line in dissatisfaction as a holding call ran out the final 10 seconds and kept the Indians out of the end zone.
"Mean machine, mean machine," Scappoose jumped and chanted in its return to midfield before the third-quarter kickoff, sick of the Tigers doing as they pleased, but Kameshige zipped 22 yards up the middle for a score and Gastelum kicked the point-after and carved 32-19 lead at 10:20 in the third.
The Tribe picked up the pace to keep stride and, after suffering unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, Toman darted 25 yards up the left hash and into the end zone. Davidson's extra point came true and Ontario had a new game on its hands, 32-26, at 7:34.
Tarpley ripped the ball from Toman, however, brought it back to the Indians 11, and Kameshige's one-yard dive and his two-point catch in the right flat inflated a 40-26 lead at 5:44.
Jones ran for a first down to the Tiger 40 on 4th-and-5, and McNabb's touchdown catch and Davidson's extra-point took Scappoose the rest of the way to trail 40-33 into the fourth.
Mejia ran play-action left with Kameshige at the Tribe 4 and, as the defense bit, reversed and threw to junior running back Wacey Portenier open in the right-center of the end zone.
The Indians blocked the extra point. but Ontario nursed a 46-33 lead with 9:08 in the evening.
Scappoose dropped a 4th-and-11 pass rightward at its own 43 and stopped Ontario on fourth down at the Tribe 16, but Sanchez retrieved a strip-sack loose ball from Toman at the Indians 28 and 4:22.
Mejia ran a one-yard keeper for a score, Gastelum hit the point-after and the Tigers led 53-33 at 1:50.
Toman scrambled to the Ontario 47 on 4th-and-10 from his own 38 and, on his next getaway, started left and threw across his body to Jones for 20 yards and a score in the right flat, though the two-point pass fell incomplete, and Scappoose trailed 53-39.
Mejia cradled Davidson's onside kick at the left of the Tiger 48, and knelt to bleed away the final 35 seconds.
The Indians are scheduled to graduate Toman, Jones, Eggers, Davidson, Parsons, Jake Gray, Willy Lohman, Tevin Jeannis, Nicky Gill, Rylan Warner, Tristan Miller, Ladd Graham, Zeddy Jamerson, Jesse Porter, Nate Maller, Cole Davis, Josh Stofiel, Trey Bispham, Joe Abbott and Steven Hensley in the spring.
ONTARIO 53, SCAPPOOSE 39
Friday, Nov. 10, at Doc Ackerson Stadium, in St. Helens
O 7 18 15 13 -- 53
S 12 7 14 6 -- 39
S Connor McNabb 40-yard pass from Jerad Toman (Benji Davidson PAT missed), 10:10
O Ethan Kameshige 5-yard run (Alex Gastelum PAT), 5:49
S Toman 48-yard run (Davidson PAT missed), 1:46
O Andy Sanchez 30-yard pass from Mike Mejia (Gastelum PAT), 10:40
O Kameshige 1-yard run (Mejia 2-point run), 8:02
O Gastelum 37-yard field goal, 3:47
S Jimmy Jones 1-yard run (Davidson PAT), 1:47
O Kameshige 22-yard run (Gastelum PAT), 10:20
S Toman 25-yard run (Davidson PAT), 7:34
O Kameshige 1-yard run (2-point pass good), 5:44
S McNabb 30-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT), 2:53
O Wacey Portenier 4-yard pass from Mejia (Gastelum PAT blocked), 9:08
O Mejia 1-yard run (Gastelum PAT), 1:50
S Toman 20-yard pass to Jones (2-point pass failed), 35.3