Colin Stoddard enjoying football at Scappoose High School
Growing up as a kid in a family dedicated to sports, Scappoose High School senior Colin Stoddard always wanted to continue his family sports heritage.
"As long as I can remember, sports has been a big part of my life and our family dynamic," said Stoddard, who lives in Warren. "Both of my parents were high school and collegiate athletes, so it's always been something I've really enjoyed and been around a lot."
His father played football at Southern Oregon University. His mother threw the javelin at the University of Oregon.
Now 17 years old, Stoddard, at first, tried his hand at soccer.
"Soccer was just something I played early on when there wasn't football," he said. "I think fourth grade was the first year that I ever played football, and I just fell in love with it. That was my favorite. I knew this is something I was going to do for as long as I wanted to."
As Stoddard recalls: "Scappoose actually has a really good youth program. That's when I started on a team, and I've been playing organized football ever since."
For the Indians, Stoddard plays wide receiver and free safety.
Stoddard has played in only four of Scappoose's six games so far this fall, due to injuries, but during those games, Stoddard leads the team in receptions (28), receiving yards (556) and receiving touchdowns (6). Over those four games, the senior is averaging 7 receptions and 139 yards per game, and nearly 20 yards per catch.
It has been a wild transition for high schools in Oregon, enduring a COVID-shortened season last time around.
"Really, I just tried to stay positive through the whole thing and look on the bright side," Stoddard said. "We were, as a team, so thankful to even get those six or seven games in. I think it was pretty cool just to get that little bit."
With this season well underway, Stoddard likes what he sees on the Indians squad.
"We've been doing pretty good so far," Stoddard said. "We already played Wilsonville — every year, they're a pretty big contender. That's always a tough game."
Stoddard considers Canby another strong team.
"They've really caused some havoc the last two years," Stoddard said.
The Indians work well together, Stoddard says, and he likes their moxie.
"Our camaraderie is very, very strong," Stoddard said. "We've all been playing football since as early as we can remember. I think it's really cool that we made it all the way to this point."
Of course, Stoddard is also looking forward to the annual rivalry game against St. Helens High School, which will take place on the Indians home field on Senior Night.
"Oh yeah, of course, it being our last game of the season," Stoddard said.
He added, "There's not really much more you can ask for when you play your cross-town rivals the last game of your high school career."
Stoddard has not decided on a college, but he hopes to play football at the collegiate level.
"I've been talking to some local college coaches," he said. "I've been looking around. I'm still trying to figure out exactly where I want to go."
Stoddard would like to stay on the West Coast, but he's also intrigued by the Mountain West states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
"I think a school out in that area would be somewhere that I would want to go most," he said.
As to possibly going pro, Stoddard said, "I would love that, for sure. But yeah, I think after college, my plans would be to get into a business, maybe start a business."
Stoddard says he would like to try his hand at real estate.
For now, though, Stoddard is focused on playing his game.
"It's senior year. It's something you look forward to your whole career and your whole early childhood. To finally be here is really just breathtaking," he said.
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