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Indians Football: Davidson, Loss look ready for season

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Elliot Kangas, right, slams into a make-believe blocker on Wednesday afternoon. Scappoose kicks off their season on Aug. 30 at Roosevelt.The Scappoose Indians football team participated in preseason camp this week, with fitness training in the morning and drills on the field in the afternoons. Full practices with pads and helmets begin on Monday, Aug. 19 with the first contest on Aug. 30 at Roosevelt High School.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior singleback Carson Davidson partcipates in a drill on Wednesday afternoon. Davidson has been among the best in camp so far, and will be a major factor for the Indians this season.Offensive Player Watch

So far, several players have stuck out on the offensive side of the ball. The speed and agility of senior singleback Carson Davidson has been impressive through the week of practice so far. Though pads and helmets aren’t used until Aug. 19, Davidson wasn’t guilty of going less than 100%, outdistancing the defense in drill after drill, and using sticky hands to pull down a number of difficult catches. Justice Oman and Nick Ross, both receivers from last year’s squad were the “two fastest guys” on the practice field, according to head coach Sean McNabb.

Quarterback Watch

Last year’s starting quarterback Taylor Loss returns once again for his senior season. Loss looked comfortable in charge of the offense, as did several of the younger quarterbacks. The Indians haven’t had injury problems at the quarterback position, but it seems that there is talent behind Loss, should he go down at some point this season.

Most Interesting Moment

The drill focused on the defensive backs’ ability to read offenses. A pair of linebackers and a safety lined up with both coach McNabb and Taylor Loss throwing passes to four receivers, two on each side. The defensive backs’ first responsibility was to stop the receiver in the seam and maintain eye contact with the quarterback. Once they could tell that the pass wasn’t going deep to the seam receiver, they would move up and attack the hitch.

Overall thoughts

McNabbs practices are a joy to watch. Even from a distance, you can see that he has the full respect of his players and because of that, there is a sense of structure and pride. The team is very offensively talented even with the loss of star receiver Paul Revis, who will be playing at Western Oregon University this fall.