By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Senior Night in the Covered Bridge Capital Of The West.
For 12 seniors in the town of roughly 838 people, there’s something special about wearing the Black and Orange of Scio High School over the course of the last four-years.
“Oh it feels great, I’m trying to take after a old-guy that played here with this number on this field,” said Dru Cook. “I just wanted to represent this number, keep it going. It feels great being on this field one last time regular season.”
Jake Lowther reminisces playing with his brother while at Scio and knows that these guys out here like a Cook, is just like hanging out with his brother in this family experience that Scio creates.
“Family. We’re all family here. We’re all here, hang out with anyone of these guys and it’s like me hanging with my brother,” said Lowther. “It’s an awesome experience, coaches are awesome, it’s like we’re a family out here. It’s awesome, can’t explain how awesome it is.”
48 minutes is all that is guaranteed left for the seniors of the seventh-ranked Loggers, taking on a Blanchet Catholic team that they hoped to do what they did in 2016 at Willamette University in defeating Scio for a chance of a piece of the PacWest Conference-Title.
For the Loggers, they did not want to see the Cavaliers repeat that feat in 2017 as the game began in the countryside.
Nathan Yoder, who played running back in last seasons meeting and playing offensive line this time around, was really looking forwarded to this game as far back as last season’s conclusion of that game.
“I mean everybody wanted it, we don’t really lose to them. I mean it’s a really good rival every year and we just wanted to bring it to them and we did,” said Yoder on redemption.
On this Friday night, some would call it revenge or redemption. Some would even say that redemption, revenge even, is a dish best served cold. And it seemed as if the whole town of Scio that was there to witnessed the Scio Loggers do what do best: Kick some you-know-what as the seniors try to bring home the last PacWest Conference-Title.
“I mean, I’m super happy because we got the title and we get another home game,” said Yoder on Scio’s first out-right league championship since 2015. “If we lost, it’s my last home game, so that’s always good. I mean it’s pretty sad to think about, if we lost, I wouldn’t get another shot on this field.”
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever felt, I haven’t felt this great since Camp Rilea when we won Battle of the Beach,” adds Cook.
As the season wraps up for the Loggers next Friday in Dayton, they’ll remember this feeling as they moved ahead towards that game and into the playoffs for what they are expecting to deep a Title-run this postseason.
“Every year, we start off…we have a goal, we set a goal to win league title, then we reset our goal to win a State Title,” starts Lowther. “And as a team this year, at the beginning of the year you couldn’t quite tell if we wanted it; then after these few last weeks, we know. We know that we just have to clean up some mental mistakes.”
“We got a lot more things to improve on, this ain’t the end for us we’re going to come back,” adds Cook. “Last year we came up short, but we’re ready to comeback and finish what we started.”
And you could say that next Friday’s game could sign the start of the postseason for the Loggers considering the playoff caliber team in the Pirates even though it’s the regular season-finale, but one thing is for certain:
Scio’s just getting started.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald