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Scappoose was knocked out by West Albany in the 5A football tournament Friday, Nov. 5.

COURTESY PHOTO: JOSI WELTER - Scappoose High School players Quorey Bays, Austin Verbout and Trey Dieringer make life difficult for a West Albany Bulldogs player. The momentum gained from their Oct. 29 win against rival St. Helens was not enough as the Scappoose Indians fell to the West Albany Bulldogs 35-0 in an OSAA 5A playoff contest at West Albany High School Friday, Nov. 5.

It also didn't help that Scappoose quarterback Luke McNabb, who is the son of head Scappoose football coach Sean McNabb, suffered a shoulder injury as the first quarter was about to wrap up. McNabb separated his AC joint.

The AC joint, or acromioclavicular joint, is one of four joints that comprise the shoulder complex.

"I was running down the sideline and I just got tackled. A couple of guys landed on me and I just landed on it wrong," said Luke McNabb. "I felt the pop and I heard it. I knew something was wrong."

It was a tough loss also for Coach McNabb, who shared his feelings with the Spotlight.

"Losing in the playoffs stings for sure," Sean McNabb said. "A lot of time, energy and sacrifices are made to get there."

Sean McNabb continued, "I am so proud of our team — we fought hard this year, and always found players who stepped up when we had adversity right in our face. Our guys never quit and battled to the end, always -- Having character like this will not only help in the sport of football, but will put all of them in position to be successful in life."

For the Bulldogs, Tyler Hart-McNally proved to be a strong force, scoring the first touchdown, a 5-yard rush, in the first quarter, as well as the final TD, which was a 20-yard touchdown run.

Other touchdowns by West Albany were scored by DeMarcus Houston and Anthony Vestal.

Brian Mehl, West Albany head football coach, said of the game, "It was definitely a solid performance. It was one of our better nights of the season."

Mehl added, "It was pretty clear once McNabb went down with that injury, that was going to be extremely challenging to overcome for anybody. With a kid like that, it's different because there are not many kids who are 6-(foot)-3 and 190 pounds and can execute that offense like he does. That was unfortunate to see, and I feel for that kid."

Mehl sized up his opponents going into the game.

"Everything we saw on tape, everything we know about them, they're a well-coached, scrappy team," Mehl said. "They definitely have our full attention. There's a lot of respect there for what they do and the program they run. Definitely, McNabb is that trigger man. We knew they were going to be able to score."

Luke McNabb offered his thoughts on the Friday night effort.

"I thought we fought hard. The score didn't really show how we battled," he said. "The second-string quarterback (Leland Boswell, a sophomore who entered the game for McNabb) fought hard and did the best he could. We just couldn't get it done."

As he recovers from his shoulder injury, Luke McNabb sums up the just concluded Indians' season.

"We were in every game," he said. "We fought as hard as we could."

The Bulldogs (9-1) will face Dallas in the next round of the playoffs.

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