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Scappoose High edged Gladstone 26-7 in the opener Sept. 2, while St. Helens came out the victor, 37-0, the same evening.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Teams get a little practice time at last year's Indian-Lions contest at St. Helens High School. It's onto Week 2 for the Scappoose High School Indians and St. Helens High Lions, who both started their football season 1-0 this fall.

Both Scappoose and St. Helens both notched victories at their opening games, Friday, Sept. 2.

Visiting Scappoose beat Gladstone 26-7 in a non-league contest, while St. Helens shut out La Salle, 37-0, at home.

"It's the first game, and that is a very important one," Scappoose head football coach Sean McNabb said. "It's always really nice to win that first game. Gladstone is a team that traditionally is always very good. They were in the state championship game just a few years back."

This season marks the return of Scappoose and St. Helens to the 4A Cowapa League. Both schools were previously in the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference, but they were reclassified for the 2022-23 school year.

Scappoose

There is some benefit to playing a non-league game, according to McNabb.

"It gives you an opportunity to take a look at where you need to improve," he said. "You can see where you're making mistakes and what you need to do in practice to fix those mistakes."

McNabb continued, "We, as coaches, have to make sure we do a great job of watching films and making sure we're being great teachers."

Defensively, Trey Dieringer had a great game, according to McNabb.

"Trey is a three-year starter for us at safety," he said. "He understands the defense. You can always count on him to make a lot of plays."

Another player McNabb gave a shout out to was Warren Haatia, a junior.

"He was all over the place and made a lot of great plays," he said, adding that George Marandas, a senior, also had a great game.

Offensively, McNabb played two quarterbacks, Max Nowlin, a sophomore who started the game, and Leland Boswell, a junior.

"Both of those guys did some really good things," according to McNabb. "Max threw a touchdown pass and Leland rushed for a touchdown pass. Between the two of them, we threw for over 200 yards and completed a little over 60 percent of our passes."

McNabb noted that Jonathon Clothier, a senior wide receiver, had nine catches.

Scappoose is scheduled to host Estacada at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, for their second game of the season.

St. Helens

As to the shutout victory by St. Helens, coach Cory Young was pleased with the effort and the enthusiasm on the part of the home crowd.

"It was like old times," Young said. "It was definitely a good atmosphere. The crowd was loud and the band was playing. It was a great night for football."

Young said, "We were much improved. That's what we are looking for week in, week out … We looked at a lot of things we needed to work on. We focused on that for a week, came out and executed."

Young noted, "Our goal is zero turnovers. We didn't quite hit that, but offensively we were pretty crisp. … When we needed a big play in the passing game, we made it. That was fun to watch."

The offensive line "all played really well," Young said, singling out the contributions of Mitchell Barroso when it came to executing and knowing jobs and assignments.

Speaking of the defensive line, Young said, "They really controlled the line of scrimmage, which was great. They fought off double teams. A lot of the other guys were running the ball really well."

Young continued, "On the defensive line, we have Tristan Traschel, Mason Erickson, Jayden Dziezyk and Trevor Hjort. All of those guys rotated and played a lot of big minutes for us."

Touchdowns were spread out during the contest.

"There were a lot of opportunities to carry the ball," Young said. "They were spread out among a lot of running backs."

Young also singled out Skyler Bjornstrom, Ethan Smith, Garrett Smith and Jordan Johnson, with Bjornstrom accomplishing two master blocks for the Lions.

Asked to look ahead to upcoming games, Young stressed that he only looks at the game at hand.

"That's all you think about," he said. "You focus on what it is you need to be better this week."

Next up, St. Helens visits Woodburn at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

The Lions' next home game will be versus Hillsboro at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.


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