Scio ended Coquille’s season Friday night in the Class 3A football quarterfinals, topping the Red Devils 30-13.
“Scio is a great team,” Coquille coach David Thomason said. “It was going to be a battle. We knew it.”
Dru Cook ran for four touchdowns for the Loggers, who also forced a couple of big Coquille turnovers and blocked a punt for a safety in the second half to thwart Coquille’s hopes for a comeback.
“It was a well-coached team that played football the right way,” Thomason said. “They had a good game plan and they executed really well and made it tough for us.”
The Loggers used their double-wing offense to grind out drives, converting third and fourth downs while building a 22-7 halftime lead.
Cook’s first score, from 19 yards, capped the opening drive for the Loggers, but Coquille responded with a touchdown pass from Jake Hurt to Cody Deck.
Scio added two more scores by halftime and then, after the teams were scoreless in the third quarter, followed a turnover with another big score early in the fourth.
Henry Scolari had a 42-yard run for Coquille to cut it to 28-13, but it was too little, too late.
“We kind of found our groove a little in the second half and figured out ways to stop their offense,” Thomason said. “They are just a really good football team and it was their night.”
Coquille forced three Scio punts after no opponents had forced more than one all season.
“As far as our guys go, they never quit,” Thomason said. “They fought the whole time.”
Thomason said Scio competed with class and was thrilled that the Loggers took a knee in the final minute when they could have tried to score again after driving deep into Coquille territory.
“It was nice to see that kind of sportsmanship this late in the season,” he said.
The loss ended a stellar career for a big group of Coquille seniors. The Red Devils were 36-6 over the past four years, reaching the playoffs all four times and competing in eight playoff games.
They earned the first win since the 1970 championship season in 2015, reached the semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Harrisburg and won a road playoff game for the first time since 1970 when they beat Dayton last week.
“This group of seniors has helped Coquille football in ways that are hard to explain,” Thomason said. “Historically, these guys did a lot of amazing things. Even though the season ends, there is nothing for these guys to hang their heads about. They should walk around with their heads high and be proud of Red Devil football.”
Scio faces Cascade Christian in the semifinals next weekend. The Challengers beat Harrisburg 46-8.