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The nearby rivals are set to renew their football rivalry this Friday, Oct. 29, at Scappoose High.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose quarterback Luke McNabb hurls a pass during a game earlier this season. McNabb is the straw that stirs the drink for an Indians team hoping to make waves in this year's state playoffs.
Scappoose and St. Helens will renew their rivalry on the gridiron this Friday, Oct. 29, at Scappoose High School.

The Indians (4-4, 3-3) enter the game on the heels of consecutive defeats to Canby and North Salem. They will be looking to end the regular season on a positive note and improve their OSAA ranking for seeding purposes heading into next week's state playoffs.

Scappoose is led by quarterback Luke McNabb, who has completed 65% of his throws while throwing for 1,821 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games of work. In addition to McNabb's work through the air, the 6-foot-3 senior leads the team in rushing, averaging 93 yards per game while scoring 18 total touchdowns on the ground.

That run/pass option (RPO) is what the entire Indians offensive attack is built around, and head coach Sean McNabb said as much following their game earlier this season at Forest Grove.

"We run a lot of RPO stuff, and we try to be pretty balanced," McNabb said, "but we also try to take advantage of what we see from the defense, and we work on that every single day."

In addition to Luke McNabb, the Indians lean on junior Trey Dieringer, Ashtin Kauffman and D'angelo Macedo on the ground, and senior receiver Malcolm Harrison, who has caught 38 balls for 454 yards in eight games.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - St. Helens running back Houston Lee-Perry during a game earlier this season. The Lions will be looking to upset the favored Indians during their rivalry game with Scappoose this Friday, Oct. 29.Scappoose has been without standout receiver Colin Stoddard since he was injured in the team's fourth game of the year versus Wilsonville.

St. Helens (0-6, 1-6) has struggled this season, but much of its troubles have centered around a lack of continuity.

The Lions have suffered from what's become all too common in today's high school football landscape — suffering participation numbers. The Lions recently missed back-to-back games, and three games in all, due to forfeitures brought on by limited numbers and COVID-19 regulations.

St. Helens' woes began when it had to cancel its game with Hillsboro Sept. 17. More recently, the Lions forfeited games to both North Salem (Oct. 8) and Wilsonville (Oct. 15.).

Lions head coach Cory Young said prior to last week's 35-6 loss to McKay that he and his coaching staff have had to get creative when it came to preparing their team during the required quarantines, but they've done their best. For the most part, he has been pleased with how his players have responded.

"During quarantine periods, we adjusted the length and structure of practice since we were down to anywhere from 12 to 14 players the last couple of weeks," Young said. "We adapted and found creative ways to condition while continuing to build skills needed to successful on and off the field. I was very pleased with the focus and sharpness they showed in practice during individual and team periods … great energy and physicality."

The Lions are led by senior quarterback Kameron Shuttlesworth, along with fellow captains Tyler Tolles and Dylan Shafer, and sophomore running back Houston Lee-Perry.

The game between the two rivals is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Scappoose High School.

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