St. Helens, Scappoose suffer football losses in Week 8
The St. Helens High Lions and Scappoose High Indians would just as soon keep their latest football games in the rear-view mirror.
Just a week after the much-anticipated Oct. 14 Centennial Showdown, in which the Indians defeated the Lions, both teams took tough losses in Week 8 of the season.
The home Tillamook Cheesemakers captured the Cowapa League title Friday, Oct. 21, by beating Scappoose in a squeaker, 17-14 in overtime, while the Lions lost to Milwaukie/Milwaukie Academy of the Arts the next day, 43-31.
Even with the loss, Scappoose will be in the playoffs, but specifics won't be announced until late Friday, Oct. 28.
Chase Olson and Trey Dieringer scored touchdowns for the Indians, but it was Tillamook's Tanner Hoskins who kicked a field goal in overtime to cement the win and the title for the Cheesemakers.
Describing the game, Scappoose football coach Sean McNabb said, "We had some opportunities that we didn't follow through on. We actually drove down the field on the last drive and attempted a 35-yard field goal to win the game, but it was wide left. It had plenty of distance, it was just off to the left, a little bit. There was a lot of wind that night."
In overtime, "we got the ball first and we got down to about the 6-inch line, but we couldn't score. Then they got it and our defense played really well. We stopped them. They lined up for a 45-yard field goal and (Hoskins) drilled it through. That was the overtime," McNabb said.
Even with the loss, the Indians are looking ahead to the playoffs.
"Tillamook will be league champs," McNabb said. "We will wind up going to the playoffs as the second team in the Cowapa."
McNabb continued, "Hopefully if we wind up in the top eight, we'll get a home game."
Not knowing who their playoff opponent will be, McNabb said, "We still have another game. We play Astoria, then midnight that night, it will all be sorted out and we'll know exactly who we're going to be playing."
Scappoose will host league rival Astoria at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.
Looking ahead to Astoria, McNabb said, "It's a home game. It's senior night … I know they want to go out and play hard."
In the St. Helens game, Ethan Smith, Noah Vanderzanden, Tyler Tolles and Mason Stroud scored touchdowns for the Lions.
"We had some turnovers in the first half," coach Cory Young said. "The second half, we settled down a little bit more."
Young continued, "We made a late push with some scores and forced a turnover defensively to get back in the game. Ultimately, we just ran out of time.
"Milwaukie did a great job, played some of their best football all season. Their quarterback did some pretty good things. Our kids kept battling, but we just ran out of time at the end."
Mustangs quarterback Kaden Harris accounted for five touchdowns, four through the air and one on the ground, and the Milwaukie defense held late as the Lions closed to within 35-31 in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs' Antonio Aguilar finished with three sacks, while Tate Brandon had two interceptions.
With the homecoming game scheduled Friday, Oct. 28, Young said of Seaside, "They have done pretty well. … They are a pretty physical group, which will be good for us."
With a 3-5 record, St. Helens won't make the playoffs this year, as Young acknowledged, and with just one game remaining on their slate, they have officially lost their chance to finish with a winning record for the season.
Seaside (4-4) comes to town for the homecoming game at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wade Evanson contributed to this report.
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