The Scappoose Indians are 2-1 in the early prep football season, beating The Dalles 47-8 in a home contest Friday, Sept. 16.
Luck, however, was not on the side of St. Helens last week, as the Lions struggled and lost to Hillsboro, 68-29, on Thursday, Sept. 15. The Lions fell to 1-2 with the defeat.
The start of league play — it begins the last week of September — is fast approaching. Both teams have one non-league game remaining before they will spend the rest of the regular season competing against the rest of the Cowapa League, including a renewal of the "7-Mile War" rivalry in St. Helens on Oct. 14.
The Indians improved upon their 48-19 loss against Estacada on Friday, Sept. 9, taking down The Dalles at home.
"It was nice to get a win, for sure," Scappoose head football coach Sean McNabb said. "We still have guys that are battling for starting and backup spots. You're trying to get better every week. The whole goal when you get into league is to be league champions."
Compared with the week before, McNabb said, "I think our effort was much better. I thought our enthusiasm was much better."
McNabb, however, admitted there were a few rough patches in the game.
"It was a little bit sloppy," he said. "There were a lot of penalties. We had a couple of touchdowns called back. But I thought we responded pretty well to the loss the week before."
The Indians were lighting up the scoreboard throughout the contest.
Colby Campbell and Ben Ritoul each caught touchdown passes. Trey Dieringer and D'Angelo Macedo-Becker each had rushing touchdowns while Jonathon Clothier scored a touchdown on a kickoff return.
McNabb added, "Warren Haatia and Dieringer each had big nights defensively."
Scappoose will play at Madras on Friday, Sept. 23 — its last non-league game before kicking off against Cowapa League rival Milwaukie at home on Sept. 30.
"We haven't played them (Madras) in a long time. They're 3-0," McNabb said. "They're going to be a tough football team. It's going to be a good challenge for us. … Our kids have never played over there either, so that's going to be nice."
Glancing ahead, while three of the league games will be on the road — Seaside, St. Helens and Tillamook — McNabb is pleased that the team is approaching league play.
"We're back in the Cowapa League. We're excited about that," he said. "To rekindle some of those old rivalries, that will be fun."
St. Helens had no luck stopping the Hillsboro offense on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Despite Hillsboro finishing with a staggering 68 points, the Lions were at least able to put some points on the scoreboard.
There was a 79-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Tolles to Mason Stroud, capped off with a 2-point run by Skyler Bjornstrom.
Bjornstrom also contributed a 2-yard touchdown run. Tolles scored a 35-yard touchdown run of his own. Ethan Smith put points on the board with a 22-yard touchdown run.
But while the Lions scored 29, the Spartans more than doubled them up to bury them in front of the St. Helens home crowd.
The Lions have a non-league road game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, against Fort Vancouver, a Washington high school.
Their first league game will be Sept. 30 at Astoria.
Further down the road, St. Helens and Scappoose are both looking forward to the 100th playing of the 7-Mile War rivalry game between the two football programs, in the third week of league play. That game will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at St. Helens High School.
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