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Scappoose flattens Estacada in home opening victory

Three touchdowns from senior Carson Davison lead the Indians


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Following his blockers, senior receiver Justice Oman extends a hand to fend off an onrushing Estacadan defender. Oman had seven receptions for 77 yards against the Rangers, as well as a pair of touchdowns, adding to his total of four scores this season.There wasn’t much for the Indians to fix from their home opener with Estacada. The Rangers had little chance from the beginning, after Scappoose (2-0) took the opening kickoff down the field and scored in just over a minute and a half en route to a 51-6 demolishing of Estacada (0-2) on Friday evening.

The home team only had a few rough patches in the victory. A pair of turnovers in the first quarter, both inside the red zone, cost Scappoose what could have been scoring opportunities. The final score was decidedly lopsided enough to negate the miscues, but the interception of Taylor Loss’ pass and a fumble by Nick Rust still weren’t the kind of plays that should be cause for worry, especially with the strength of the defense.

The interception by Loss, though the pass was a little risky, is a rare event for the accurate senior quarterback. The pick is his first this season, after completing 36 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns and not making many wrong reads in the process. This time, the safety was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of an unusually lackluster pass from Loss, stepping in front of senior receiver Justice Oman on a post route.

Senior Quarterback Taylor Loss, should he stay on his current streak, is on pace to break his own school record of 2667 passing yards this season. “I rolled out and looked for the post,” Loss said. “He was open, but I didn’t put enough zip on the ball, and it just floated. The safety made a good play on the ball.”

The defense responded with a stop, and a few plays later, the Indians were in scoring position once again. Rust, after catching a pass from Loss on a third and six at the Ranger’s 36 yard line, jumped left to avoid an onrushing defender only to collide with another Estacada defender on his left side, where the ball was being held. The ball came out and the Rangers jumped on it.

Again, the Indian defense stepped up. After forcing an offsides penalty, Scappoose got to Estacada quarterback Willie Blankenship, dropping him back again to force the Rangers to punt. That was one of four punts forced in the first half by Scappoose’s defense, whom head coach Sean McNabb says is one of the most underrated parts of the team.

"They’re huge for us,” said McNabb. “When the offense scores that fast and then gets off the field, that means the defense has a lot more snaps to play. They’ve been incredible in shutting people down.”

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Carson Davison (1) freezes a Ranger defender on Friday. Davison's 161 rushing yards were the second most in his varsity career, the highest total coming from last year's 54-29 win over Banks when Davison had 162 yards and three touchdowns.The defensive backfield, highlighted by the play of linebackers Kyle Nickle and Lionel Sandoval, who each had nine tackles against Estacada, have allowed just two touchdowns this season. Both scores were earned the hard way – draw plays up the middle by big, weighty running backs. 19 tackles for loss and five sacks go a long way to stymieing the passing game. It’s the ferocity displayed by the defense, in combination with consistency on offense, that makes Scappoose so dangerous – no matter who lines up on the other side of the ball.

“We’ve got to play the game the same every time,” said Oman, who caught a pair of touchdown passes. “Just because [Estacada’s] not as good of a team as Roosevelt was... we’ve still got to come out strong.”

Looking unstoppable on their first possession, Scappoose was equally as aggressive on defense. Another touchdown, this time a 28 yard pass from Taylor Loss to receiver Justice Oman came just before time ran out in the first. The Indians led 14-0 after the first quarter, despite a pair of turnovers in the red zone.

Midway through the second quarter, Scappoose struck again. After a pair of receptions from Oman to move into scoring position, the Indians turned to senior running back Carson Davison, who punched in his first touchdown of the night from 11 yards out. Oman scored again late in the second quarter, and by the time the halftime buzzer sounded, Scappoose was already giving Estacada a thorough licking.

The Rangers' woes continued in the second half. Scappoose recovered an onside kick to start the third quarter, and Loss walked into the end zone after just 20 seconds had ticked off the clock.

Then, the gloves came off.

Scappoose forced Estacada into a turnover on downs. Two plays later, Davison scored his second touchdown to make it 44-0 after the extra point. Two plays into the Rangers' ensuing drive, Sam Margheim, a senior defensive back, forced a fumble, which Scappoose recovered. The ball went back into the sure hands of Davison, who scurried down the sideline for the 50 yard touchdown.

With the Indians leading 51-0, McNabb finally had mercy, pulling many of the starters. Estacada scored their lone touchdown on the back of Brandon Beck late in the fourth quarter.

Notes: The Scappoose defense forced Estacada into five punts, three fumbles (two recovered) and two turnovers on downs. Scappoose turned the ball over twice on downs, had one interception and fumbled the ball twice, recovering the ball once.

Estacada -- 0-0-0-6 - 6

Scappoose -- 16-15-20-0 - 51

SCORING SUMMARY

1st Quarter

S – Braden Clark 1 run (Nick Rust run)

S – Justice Oman 28 pass from Taylor Loss (Carson Davison run)

2nd Quarter

S – Davison 11 run (Oman pass from Rust)

S – Oman 17 pass from Loss (Richie Sanchez kick)

3rd Quarter

S – Loss 6 run (kick fail)

S – Davison 10 run (Sanchez kick)

S – Davison 39 run (Sanchez kick)

4th Quarter

E – Brandon Beck 3 run (kick fail)