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The Indians squeaked out a 28-27 overtime victory Saturday, Nov. 12, against Mazama High and will now face Estacada.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIAN GAILEY-KLAMATH SPORTS NETWORK - Scappoose players Caden Siegman and Chase Olsen see action Saturday, Nov. 12, at Klamath Falls. The Scappoose High School Indians are a win away from appearing in the state championship game.

Scappoose scored a stunning 28-27 overtime victory over the Mazama High School Vikings in Klamath Falls on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12.

Mazama opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run by Tyson Van Gastel. The Indians followed shortly with a pass completion from Max Nowlin to D'Angelo Macedo-Becker, who scored the touchdown.

In the second quarter, Trevor Anderson ran for a 6-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 14-7 lead at half time.

The Indians Colby Campbell scored a touchdown in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter, touchdowns by the Vikings' Treyce Horton and the Indians' Chase Olsen sent the game into overtime.

In OT, Nowlin threw a pass completion to Macedo-Becker for a 9-yard touchdown. Mazama's Trevor Anderson answered with his own touchdown, but his two-point conversion attempt failed, leading to the upset win by Scappoose.

The victory sets up a 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, semifinal against Estacada at Hillsboro Stadium.

The long bus trip to Southern Oregon proved fruitful for Scappoose football coach Sean McNabb.

"We knocked off the number-one team in the state," McNabb said. "Everybody was really excited. It was a great feeling, and I was just so happy and pleased with the way our kids played and responded. They never gave up, they never quit."

McNabb added, "Even when Mazama would take a touchdown lead, our kids just kept finding a way to match them and ultimately come out on top. It was a great win for our kids."

Sizing up Mazama before the Saturday contest, McNabb said, "They hadn't lost a game all year. … They are very physical, they're big. We knew going into the game that we had to try to get them into second down and long, third down and long, and try to make them do things that they're not comfortable doing. And I thought our defense did a great job at that."

The coach added, "Offensively, we knew we were going to have to take some shots. I think we threw the football 35 times, and that's probably the most we've thrown all year. We knew we had to stretch the field a little bit. They were bigger than us up front.

"Our offensive line did a great job of protecting our quarterback. Max Nowlin made some great throws. Trey Dieringer wound up rushing, in the second half, for a hundred yards. The ability to run the football in that second half was a big difference maker, too."

Mazama head coach Vic Lease was short on words following his team's loss to Scappoose, but he gave credit to their opponent.

"Scappoose played a hell of a game," Lease said. "They did what they needed to do to win. … We anticipated a tough game."

Asked what's in store for next season, Lease said, "We had a great season. … I'm not even thinking about next year right now."

Estacada is up next for the Indians in the semifinals.

"We played them Week 2 and it didn't go very well," McNabb said, recalling the 48-19 loss. "Our kids got embarrassed. They really took it to us. We're excited about the opportunity to be able to redeem ourselves. We're really excited about having another crack at them."

McNabb continued, "To win it all, to stand at the end with the trophy in your hand, you have to beat the best teams in the state. Our kids and coaches are looking forward to the challenge."

The winner of the Scappoose-Estacada contest goes on to the state championship game.

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