Interceptions spark Scappoose to 49-6 win
Momentum-building was the name of the game last week when the Scappoose Indians played the Cleveland Warriors.
The Indians were looking to get their second win in a row after a loss to Wilsonville and play well enough to feel like they're going in the right direction into the postseason.
A 49-6 victory over the Portland Interscholastic League school seemed to do the trick.
"We played well," Scappoose coach Sean McNabb said. "We're ready to roll."
The Indians now are headed to Pendleton for a Class 5A Special District 1 crossover matchup of divisional runner-ups — in what will be the two teams' second meeting this season.
The winner Friday night at Pendleton's Round-Up Stadium will solidify its state ranking for the seeding of the 16-team 5A first round, which is set for Nov. 8.
The Indians are 0-3 against Pendleton since they began playing each other last year.
McNabb hopes his team (6-2) will be able to take use the momentum from its back-to-back wins over Wilson and Cleveland (3-4) when it tries to upset the Bucks on their home field.
"We're getting better in some areas that we need to improve in," he said, "and against Cleveland we played with a lot of confidence, which we're going to need this week."
Specifically, in the Cleveland game "we covered and tackled better on defense," McNabb said, "and we threw the ball pretty well and ran well. It was a good game on Senior Night."
The Indians led all the way, though the Warriors were within 13-0 at the half, using their methodical approach and run game in an attempt to control time of possession and keep Scappoose's offense off the field.
"They really slowed the game down," McNabb said. "Took their time in the huddle, had some delay-of-game penalties. They were milking the clock pretty good and got some first downs that kept the ball out of our hands."
Two big scoring plays in the second half by senior cornerback Colton Frates helped the tide swing heavily in Scappoose's favor.
He picked off a Cleveland pass deep in the end zone and returned the ball all the way for a touchdown.
Later, he made another pick and returned that one about 45 yards for a TD.
"That first one was probably about 107 yards," McNabb said. "They overthrew a receiver and it went right to Colton. It was a nice play by him. He ran it out to the sideline, and they didn't take very good angles on him."
The Indians had two other interceptions, one each by seniors Thomas Greiner and Kawika Napaa.
On offense, senior quarterback Jakobi Kessi passed for two touchdowns, one to senior Ben Anicker, and senior running back Josh Rice slashed for a rushing touchdown and hauled in a pass for another score.
Rice carried 11 times for 89 yards to lead the ground game.
"Jakobi ran well and got the ball out to different guys, and Josh definitely helped our run game. Every time he touched the ball he was getting positive yards," McNabb said. "And the offensive line blocked well. That unit's pretty strong. Those guys know what they're doing."
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