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'We definitely didn't want to be the team that was finished for the year,' said head coach Sean McNabb.

COURTESY PHOTO: JOSI WELTER - Under nonstop rain, the Scappoose Indians defeated Marshfield on Friday, Nov. 4, to advance in the playoffs. Scappoose is into the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs after rolling over the defending state champions in convincing fashion Friday, Nov. 4.

The name of the opposing school — Marshfield — was apropos as rain poured down on McNabb Field, the weather about as rainy as it can get in the Pacific Northwest, on Friday night.

"It made it a pretty sloppy game," said Sean McNabb, Scappoose's head coach. "There were a lot of fumbles, mostly by Marshfield. It made it really hard to move the ball at times."

Even still, the Indians scored all the points they would need in the first quarter, tallying 14 in the eventual 26-6 win over the Pirates.

Scappoose was able to score on the first play from scrimmage.

"We ran a little inside zone, D'Angelo (Macedo-Becker) bounced it and took it, maybe 50 or 60 yards to score," McNabb said.

Along with Macedo-Becker, Trey Dieringer also had a first-quarter touchdown. Successful field goals added onto those scores.

"When we kicked the second field goal, that made it a two-possession game," McNabb said. "We knew at that point we just needed to take care of the ball … then we were able to score again and seal the deal."

Trey Fuller added on with another last touchdown in the second half.

On offense, McNabb said, "Obviously, our two running backs I thought ran really well. Trey Dieringer and Macedo-Becker both ran well. Max Nowlin made some really nice plays. Trey Fuller had a great catch for a touchdown. Colby Campbell had a couple of really nice catches and I thought Ben Rintoul made some nice plays, too. It was a wet night, it was hard to move the ball, but we got 'er done."

Speaking of defense, McNabb said, "Our defense has been playing really well. We've been doing a great job of stopping the run. We forced them to have to throw the football. … Our defense put a lot of pressure on them. We're going to need them to continue playing well going into this next round."

McNabb knew Marshfield was going to be a strong contender.

"They're defending state champions," he said. "They have a really strong program. They're good every year. We knew going into it, it was going to be a tough game … they have a lot of tradition down there. I thought our coaches did a good job of preparing and I thought our players did a great job of executing the game plan."

Scappoose has lost just twice this fall. To lose now, in the state tournament, would mean the end of football season for the Cowapa League powerhouse.

"It's a playoff game — you're in the round of 16 and the loser goes home," McNabb said. "We definitely didn't want to be the team that was finished for the year."

With the victory, the Indians to the quarterfinals and will visit Klamath Falls on Saturday, Nov. 12, against the Mazama Vikings, game time 1 p.m.

Mazama has not lost a game all season, although one of its 10 wins was a forfeit by Ashland on Sept. 30.

McNabb has been doing his homework on the competition.

"They are big and physical. They rely on their heavy run team offensively. They're very physical on defense. They do some things that can give you trouble," the coach said. "We are going to have to have a great week of practice and continue to work on things and improve."

McNabb added, "Their goal is to try to hold onto the ball and eat the clock. We're going to have to take some shots, take some chances and keep playing tough defense."


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