Coach Foust once again put our kids in a great scheme that had all of our young men flying to the ball holding Scappoose to their second lowest point total on the year by twelve points. (Lowest total was in a 26-20 win over Estacada) Despite giving up some big plays we were able to force Scappoose into turnovers and turning the ball over on downs several times which gave our offense chances to take advantage of what our defense worked for. Despite two Scappoose scores through the air, our own Andrew Owens and Aaron Tadei both had interceptions on the night. Kyle Hague lead the team with 12 tackles in what was perhaps his best game of the season.
We were able to move the ball effectively on the ground and continue our commitment to running the football. The ball was spread well throughout out backfield as we attacked the Scappoose defense from a number of different angles. At one point in the second quarter, we were able to put together a 14 play drive that consumed over 7 minutes of the clock…those are the kind of drives that will only continue to benefit us as we grow and progress in our scheme.
Scappoose has traditionally had our number over the last several years. Despite the fact that they had more players on their sideline during the game that we have on our entire roster, our kids were focused and came ready to play. Never was there a time when our young men didn’t believe they had the opportunity to walk away with a win. As our program continues to develop the belief that we can play with anyone (and WIN) will continue to be solidified and this will give us a strong mental advantage over our opponents.
In our three close losses this year (Estacada, Astoria, and Scappoose) we have turned the ball over a total of 15 times. By turning over the ball we continue to give our opponents opportunities to score on us. Losing the ball via turnovers obviously takes away our ability to run the ball and, with it, we take control of the clock out of our hands. If we are going to improve as a program this is one area that we need to significantly work on going into next year. If we even cut that number of turnovers in half I think you would be reading about a playoff team this year.
Not Taking Advantage of Opportunities
We had several opportunities to take advantage of Scappoose mistakes on Friday night and did not capitalize. After recovering a fumble at mid-field and recovering a muffed snap on a punt deep in their territory we had a field goal blocked and turned the ball right back over to them. When those types of opportunities present themselves we need to pounce.
Giving Up Two Big Plays
We were able to hold Scappoose’s explosive offense to minimal gains much of the night with constant pressure on their quarterback. Two times, however, we were unable to get to him and he made us pay. Two big completions over the top were the difference in a game that could have easily gone the other way.
Nothing to report here this week after giving Scappoose a good run for their money.