Enthusiasm reigns, as do Indians
There were too many penalties — including several that wiped out touchdowns.
But it was hard to quibble with the performance of the Scappoose Indians football team in a 64-28 throttling of the La Salle Prep Falcons on Oct. 26 at Scappoose High.
The Indians scored just about every way possible for a convincing win in the Class 5A Special District 1 crossover playoff game.
The win earned Scappoose (7-2 and seeded No. 6) another home game this Friday as 11th-seeded North Bend visits for an Oregon School Activities Association 5A first-round playoff game.
The Oct. 26 game against the Falcons matched the teams that finished second in the 5A Special District 1 East and West divisions. In the end, the divide between the teams proved to be substantial.
La Salle Prep (6-3) is the No. 12 seed into the 5A playoffs. The Falcons will play at West Albany in Friday's round of 16.
"Our kids played with a high level of enthusiasm," Indians coach Sean McNabb said. "We were excited about the game, and they definitely showed their enthusiasm with the way they played."
The Indians piled up 586 yards of offense, 372 on the ground.
Quarterback Jakobi Kessi contributed 321 yards. The junior completed 10 of 16 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Connor McNabb caught seven passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. McNabb also carried 12 times for 112 yards. Quincy Cleveland carried 12 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Gavin Larson had an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and scored on a 35-yard pass play. Those touchdowns were two of the four scored by the Indians in a 29-point second quarter that blew open the game.
The kickoff return came after La Salle Prep quarterback Ethan Edgerly scored on a 7-yard run to pull the Falcons within 21-14 with 5:51 left in the first half.
The Indians scored three times before halftime to lead 42-14 at the break. In addition to connecting with the 6-6 Larson, Kessi hooked up with Connor McNabb on a 24-yard scoring play in the final minute of the second quarter.
The Scappoose defense had five takeaways, four of them interceptions. Dominic Lite picked off two passes, Matt Roth grabbed another, and Mason Smiens had an interception and 30-yard return.
Connor McNabb forced and recovered a La Salle Prep fumble.
Roth led the Indians' defense with 13 tackles, five solo and 1.5 for lost yardage. Slater Smiens added 10 tackles, three solo and one tackle-for-loss.
The win was the third in a row since a loss on Oct. 5 against top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Wilsonville.
Scappoose enters the state playoffs ranked No. 7 in the final 5A coaches poll of the season.
"We're playing a lot better. That's the whole goal is to try to get a little bit better every week," Sean McNabb said. "We had too many penalties. We have to play cleaner."
But there were far more positives — the Indians at one point had touchdowns wiped out by consecutive penalties but still produced a touchdown on that drive.
"Offensively, we're getting into a nice groove. Defensively, we're playing real physical," Coach McNabb said. "And we had a kickoff return for a touchdown, so I really like what our special teams are doing, too."
La Salle Prep 7 7 7 7 – 28
Scappoose 13 29 8 14 – 64
SCA — Quincy Cleveland 3 run (Cade McDonald kick)
SCA — Cleveland 2 run (kick blocked)
LSP — Matt Evans 7 pass from Ethan Edgerly (Nolan Ahmann kick)
SCA — Connor McNabb 19 pass from Jakobi Kessi (McNabb run)
LSP — Edgerly 7 run (Ahmann kick)
SCA — Gavin Larson 89 kickoff return (McDonald kick)
SCA — Larson 35 pass from Kessi (McDonald kick)
SCA — McNabb 24 pass from Kessi (McDonald kick)
SCA — Matt Roth 80 interception return (Cleveland run)
LSP — Edgerly 3 run (Ahmann kick)
SCA — Kessi 3 run (2-pt run good)
SCA — Kessi 9 run (McDonald kick)
SCA — Dominic Lite 20 interception return (McDonald kick)
LSP — Brody Crowley 4 run (Ahmann kick)?