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Joey Klobes and George Dunkel are big boosters as the Indians have advanced in the Cowapa 4A football playoffs.

COURTESY PHOTO - George Dunkel and wife Vicki enjoy following Scappoose High School IndiansTwo former Scappoose High School football Indians are enjoying the success coach Sean McNabb's team has been making this season.

Joey Klobes, who played wide receiver and safety, was fortunate to be on three title teams during his playing years with the Indians. He graduated in 2003.

"After high school, I came back and helped coach for about six years, until I had kids of my own and it was time to go to work every day, instead," said Klobes, who still resides in Scappoose.

For Klobes, it's exciting that the team earned a spot in the semifinals.

"It's exciting to get back into the Final Four," he said. "It has been a little while since we've done that."

Klobes stays in close contact with McNabb's team, attending as many home games as he can and occasionally attending away games.

"It's just an exciting thing to get behind," he said. "Football is a community event every year. This year was especially special returning to the 4A classification and getting back into the Cowapa League.

"The community came together and helped put in a turf field for the high school."

Klobes has high praise for McNabb.

"I think our community is so lucky to have a guy like Sean McNabb and all his impact on so many players and students," he said. "We're just lucky to have him."

During the season, Klobes has noticed the talent on the Scappoose team.

"Their skill players are excellent, they work hard and run fast," he said. "The linemen, their efforts, getting down the field, knocking people around, it's just fun to watch and follow."

A winning high school football team can bring wonders to a community such as Scappoose.

"Winning is contagious, and it brings everybody joy," he said. "It helps the community come together when you have such a program that's successful."

George Dunkel, who played on Indian teams in the late 1960s, is equally excited about following the Scappoose team.

Dunkel, who played tight end and defensive end, said: "I've been impressed with how the team has done. I've been to many of their games and I think their line has held up really well, both offensively and defensively.

"They have really good quickness. Their running backs have really shown that they have some breakaway speed and quickness. It's a typical Sean McNabb team. He builds them around good team work and good speed."

As with Klobes, Dunkel had plenty of nice things to say about McNabb.

"Sean has done an excellent job," Dunkel said. "Who can argue with the success he has had … even when we were 5A, we competed at the 5A level very respectfully. I have utmost admiration for Sean and his entire staff."

Dunkel was especially pleased with the community reaction to the playoff game at Mazama, where the Indians prevailed 28-27 in overtime.

"I was very pleased with the reaction of people when they upset No. 1 Mazama," Dunkel said. "I don't think anybody expected that. I always think Scappoose is going to be tough against anybody they play, but it's like an old softball coach said years ago, 'When you win games you got to be good and you got to be lucky.'"

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