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Indians precede ascent to Class 5A with fourth Cowapa League crown in six years

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Senior running back Jack Eggers (6) turns upfield in the Indians' 36-3 win Friday, Oct. 20, in Astoria.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Indians junior wide receiver Connor McNabb (44) runs through Astoria senior linebacker Zac Patterson (27), junior linebacker Niko Caruana (22) and junior defensive back Justin Villa (32).SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Indians junior Jimmy Jones (3) leaves Astoria junior linebacker Niko Caruana (22) and senior linebacker Tyler Ranta (11) in his wake as senior linebacker Zac Patterson (27) and senior defensive lineman Daegan Chattick (28) pursue.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Indians senior quarterback Jerad Toman, center, dashes upfield.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Indians senior linebacker Ross Parsons (54) reaches out for Astoria junior running back Niko Caruana (22).



The Indians are Cowapa League champions for the fourth time in six years, and now begins the quest for their first -- and last -- Class 4A crown before their jump up to Class 5A next fall.

Scappoose (7-1 overall, 5-0 Cowapa League) will chase its second state final appearance in three years and its first state title since its Class 3A three-peat in 2000, 2001 and 2002 after beating down Astoria (4-4, 2-3) 36-3 Friday, Oct. 20.

The Tribe split 12 Class 4A Cowapa League meetings with the Fishermen by a favorable 33-22 average after beating them 42-14 in their final game as Class 3A Cowapa League rivals in 2005.

The latest contest leveled the Class 4A league trophy count between them at four.

"The league title was a big goal for us, so accomplishing that was paramount," said Indians coach Sean McNabb, whose players prepare for their sixth postseason run in a row and their ninth in 12 Class 4A seasons.

No. 2 Scappoose ranks higher than before its run to the championship game two years ago (third), and will find out which play-in round (Oct. 27-28) survivor it will welcome in the first round (Nov. 3-4).

Top-ranked Cottage Grove (8-0, 5-0), the Tribe's state runner-up successor and the only team to beat the Indians this year (35-20 Sept. 15 in Scappoose), is the Revenge Tour's last crusade, and the Tribe hopes to see the Lions in or on the way to the finale.

The early favorites are practically new rivals as Cottage Grove handled the Indians on the road this season and survived a 24-21 shootout at home last fall.

The Indians beat North Bend in the state semifinals on the Lions' field two years ago, and Cottage Grove beat Scappoose 12-7 in the 2007 regular season.

The Lions fell 48-38 at Scappoose in the 2006 regular season but avenged the loss 22-14 in the first round two months later at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Tribe reached this hallowed week of preparation as Jack Eggers' 30- and 18-yard third-quarter touchdown runs set the Indians' 36-point run ablaze in Astoria.

Jerad Toman and Tevin Jeannis' 20-yard touchdown pass connection and Benji Davidson's missed extra-point -- which he redeemed from 32 yards quickly after -- followed all-state senior Fisherman kicker Andrew Schauermann's 26-yard kick through the uprights for a 9-3 Scappoose halftime lead.

Eggers raced for his touchdowns and Davidson was good for one of two point-afters and a 22-3 advance into the fourth.

Jimmy Jones streaked 40 yards to the end zone with 9:13 left, and Toman and Connor McNabb's screen pass went 11 yards to the end zone for the finishing touch at 4:52.

"It was fun [taking back the crown]," said Jones, a senior running back and defensive back who ran for 80 yards, caught passes for 34 yards and made five tackles.

Toman completed 7 of 10 passes for 88 yards and scrambled for 42 yards, and Eggers tore through the Fishermen for 132 rushing yards.

Jeannis (34 receiving yards) and Connor McNabb (33 yards) helped Toman spread the field.

McNabb and Ross Parsons led the defense with eight tackles each, Matt Roth wrangled a pair of sacks and made three of his four stops for loss, and Jeannis' interception anchored the secondary.

SCAPPOOSE 36, ASTORIA 3

Scoring

S 0 9 13 14 — 36

A 0 3 0 0 — 3

Second quarter

A Andrew Schauermann 26-yard field goal, 11:55

S Tevin Jeannis 20-yard pass from Jerad Toman (Benji Davidson PAT missed), 11:38

S Benji Davidson 32-yard field goal, 1:14

Third quarter

S Jack Eggers 30-yard run (Davidson PAT), 9:38

S Eggers 16-yard run (Davidson PAT missed), 3:30

Fourth quarter

S Jimmy Jones 40-yard run (Davidson PAT), 9:13

S Connor McNabb 11-yard pass from Toman (Davidson PAT), 4:52

CLASS 4A FOOTBALL TOP 10

1. Cottage Grove 8-0

2. Scappoose 7-1

3. Marshfield 8-0

4. Mazama 7-1

5. Seaside 6-2

6. Phoenix 6-2

7. Sweet Home 7-1

8. Banks 6-2

9. Ontario 6-2

10. La Grande 6-2

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