Buckaroos overcome early two-touchdown deficits to stay undefeated with 47-27 road victory in Class 5A showdown

PHOTO COURTESY: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose High's Connor McNabb scores in the first half as the Indians take on Pendleton.The Pendleton Buckaroos showed Friday night at Scappoose why they are a force to be reckoned with in Class 5A football this season.

The visiting Bucks rallied from early deficits to stay undefeated, beating the Indians, 47-27, in a showdown of top teams in the Oregon School Activities Association's new 5A Special District 1 for football.

Scappoose led 14-0 in the first quarter and 20-7 in the second quarter before Pendleton began to assert itself.

The Buckaroos got a 22-yard interception return to cap the first-half scoring and go to intermission on top, 21-20.

Pendleton scored the first two TDs of the third quarter and extended their lead to 34-20.

Scappoose was within 34-27 going into the fourth quarter, but the Buckaroos got two TDs in the final frame to pull away.

The first touchdown of the game came on a 60-yard run by Scappoose's Matt Roth. Michael Reed kicked the point-after.

Connor McNabb ran 13 yards for the TD that gave Scappoose a 14-0 lead, with Reed again converting the PAT.

McNabb scored on a 16-yard pass hookup with quarterback Jacobi Kessi to put the Indians into a 20-7 lead.

The third-quarter Indians TD came on Quincy Cleveland's 1-yard run.

For Pendleton, Shawn Yeager scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 6 and 33 yards. He had both TDs in the fourth quarter.

Aiden Patterson broke loose for Pendleton touchdown runs of 44 yards (in the first quarter) and 33 yards (in the third quarter).

The Bucks scored, to open the second half, on a 26-yard pass from Trent Sorrey to Blake Davis.

Pendleton had two touchdown plays called back on penalties.

The Buckaroos came into the game ranked fifth in the 5A coaches poll and sixth in the OSAA computer rankings. The Indians were sixth in the coaches poll and third in the computer rankings.

Pendleton improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the East Division of 5A Special District 1. The only other team unbeaten in league play is La Salle Prep, which is 2-0 in the East after its 35-7 win Friday at Putnam.

Scappoose slipped to 3-1 for the season and 2-1 in the West Division. The Indians are tied for second in the division with Forest Grove and St. Helens. Wilsonville, which beat visiting Hillsboro 54-0 on Friday, is 2-0 in the West and 4-0 overall.

The Indians' next game in Friday, Oct. 5, at home against St. Helens at 7 p.m.

St. Helens rallied in the final minute Friday to win a back-and-forth home game against Wilson, 42-35. The Lions raised their season record to 2-2.

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