Scappoose High quarterback enjoys having his dad as coach
Scappoose High School quarterback Luke McNabb gets his doses of football coaching not only on the practice field, but from across the dinner table.
That's because McNabb is the son of Scappoose High football coach Sean McNabb.
Years before having a father as coach, Luke McNabb developed a strong interest in sports.
"I think I've always been a sports fan, ever since I was little," said Luke McNabb, who recently turned 18. As a youngster, he really enjoyed watching college basketball and football on TV.
McNabb started playing basketball in first grade, then gradually developed into a three-sport athlete at Scappoose High, playing football, basketball and baseball.
"I like them all equally," McNabb said. "I like them all a lot."
Describing the last football season at Scappoose High School, shortened due to the pandemic, McNabb was pleased with the team's progress, including a 48-0 thumping of rival St. Helens.
"I think our team made pretty good progress," McNabb said. "For having a short season, I thought we played really well as a team."
Speaking of the rivalry game against the Lions, McNabb said, "It was a lot of fun. We were really looking forward to that game all year."
Talking about having his father as coach, McNabb said the relationship can have its ups and downs.
"It's really nice having him as a coach, because we can always talk about plays and coverages at home together," McNabb said. "It's a little bit hard sometimes, because he can get as mad as he wants at me. He's a little tough sometimes. Overall, it's a good thing."
Sean McNabb is pleased with Luke's development as an athlete.
"As a coach, as a dad, it's fun to watch him," Sean McNabb said. "He has had two older brothers, so he's always competing with those guys from a young age. I think competing with those guys and trying to keep up with them has put him in a position to be a pretty good athlete."
The coach continued, "He was that kid who, growing up, wanted to be a quarterback and was always too heavy and too big, and it was about middle school where his body started to change. When he saw that change that was taking place, he really took it to another level with working hard, watching what he was putting into his body, working out all the time.
"He's done a lot just on his own to get where he's at. As a dad, I'm really proud of him, and as a coach, it's awesome having him, because having a kid like him in your program can help make your program a lot better."
As to college plans, Luke McNabb would like to focus on football, unless he would have an opportunity to play both football and basketball in college.
McNabb said, "I want to go to a school that's kind of smaller. My dream school is Washington State, because it's a smaller college town."
Playing in the NFL is a dream for many high school and college players. McNabb is no exception.
"It's always been a dream of mine," he acknowledged. "It's something I'd like to do, but it's kind of far out, so I'll see how it goes."
McNabb will be a senior this coming September. He is looking forward to a new football season that will hopefully feel more normal.
"I'm super-excited for this upcoming season," McNabb said. "I think our team is going to be really good compared with last year."
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