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Despite staunch defense, Macedo-Becker touchdown, Indians lose 14-7 to Estacada

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Scappoose battled in a 14-7 loss to Estacada in the 4A football semifinals. Scappoose football didn't blink in a semifinals playoff bout, taking the game down to the wire and nearly punching a ticket to the state championships.

"We grew as a team all season, and we came this far," said senior defensive back Trey Dieringer. "Everyone was locked in and ready to play tonight, just came up short."

No. 8 Scappoose's upset-filled run through the OSAA 4A football brackets came to an end with a 14-7 loss to No. 5 Estacada Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hillsboro Stadium.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Senior DAngelo Macedo-Becker scored the lone Indians touchdown in a semifinals game against Estacada. A pair of seniors scored for Estacada. First Waylon Riedel punched in a one-yard carry for the opening touchdown of the contest, and then quarterback Cory James scampered in from four yards out for the go-ahead score.

Scappoose answered back.

"We wanted to show we belonged on this field," Dieringer said.  

Senior runner D'Angelo Macedo-Becker was brilliant in the first half. The lone score for the Indians came on a 6 play, 66-yard drive, of which Macedo-Becker notched 54 yards on the ground punctuated by a one-cut, 13-yard touchdown.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Colby Campbell after a catch in the 4A semifinals.  Scappoose sophomore quarterback Max Nowlin moved the ball well once the running game was bottled late in the game, finding senior receiver Colby Campbell for big first-down conversions. And Dieringer had two fumble recoveries, bookending halftime, that had the Indians poised for another upset.

But the Rangers responded and secured the win. The James score came after he had a 50-yard run that sparked what had been a foundering showing by the offense. The Estacada defensive backs tipped multiple passes, and senior Aron Meraz hauled in a spectacular one-handed interception in the third quarter.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Rangers senior James Durand breaks free from the defense. With about 6 minutes on the clock Scappoose gambled with a punt rather than try for a long fourth-down conversion, hoping to quickly get the ball back with just one timeout left. That didn't happen as the Rangers were able to run out the game and claim the win with a victory formation.

Scappoose coach Sean McNabb was impressed with the way his players performed. "They never gave up, and played the game like it's meant to be played," McNabb said. "We are sad it's over, this group was such a fun group to coach, because of their love of the game and each other."

McNabb added, "I have coached many teams over the years, but this team will always be remembered … This loss will sting for a bit, but will soon go away."

Both teams had to battle to make it into the semifinals. Scappoose bested undefeated No. 1 Mazama, the presumptive favorites, 28-27 in an overtime thriller, while Estacada survived No. 4 Henley 17-16 thanks to heroics from its special teams.

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