By Rachel Finney
Coos Bay’s The World
COOS BAY — Pirate senior Ryan Scoville soon will be a Wolf.
Marshfield football team’s quick and elusive tailback signed to play football with Western Oregon University on Wednesday afternoon, and is excited about the opportunity to extend his football career.
He said Western Oregon’s program has been on the upswing since moving up to Division II, and he liked what he saw when he visited the school.
‘Last year, they were 7-4,” he said. ‘They’re getting a brand new locker room, brand new rec center.”
Marshfield coach Justin Ainsworth said Scoville will be a good fit for the Wolves as he focuses on being a slot receiver.
‘They made the jump to DII a few years ago, and they’re slowly getting better,” Ainsworth said.
He added that the Wolves will travel to play some Big Sky teams this season, which will be a great experience for Scoville.
‘They have a competitive schedule,” Ainsworth said. ‘Arne Ferguson is the coach, and he’s been there for a long time.
‘I feel really good about the stability of the program. They coach for the right reasons.”
Ainsworth said Scoville’s speed would be helpful on just about any college football team.
‘They run the fly sweep out of the shotgun,” Ainsworth said. ‘He’s really the perfect fit with his speed.”
Scoville said he was considering a number of schools, and Portland State was especially interested in him.
‘I’m from a small town, you know,” Scoville said. ‘I didn’t think four or five years at Portland State would be best.”
Ainsworth said during the signing ceremony that he got a call from Portland State two days before the signing.
‘I think they wanted me to make one final push,” he said. ‘To make sure he was making the right decision.
‘Portland State was very interested in him early on. They had him as a preferred walk-on.”
Ultimately, Scoville wanted a good education, and Western Oregon was his choice. He plans to major in law enforcement in hopes of becoming a cop.
‘The police academy’s in Monmouth,” he said. ‘So it’s probably a good program there.”
He’s not worried about making the transition to college, especially knowing Coquille’s Joe Harris signed to play for the same school — and they’re going to be roommates.
‘We’ve talked during track,” Scoville said. ‘I was pretty worried about going there and not knowing anybody.”
And Scoville still is unsure if he’ll run track in the spring for the Wolves, because he doesn’t want to overload his schedule.
‘But the football coach said it’d be a good thing,” he said.
After the official signing, positions coach Mike Seedborg showered Scoville with humorous gifts to get him through college. A box of Top Ramen noodles — a staple for the cheap college student’s diet — a frisbee, an extra-loud alarm clock, Icy Hot to ease his bumps and bruises, and the movie Groundhog’s Day, since ‘things will get a little repetitive at times,” and Scoville signed on the holiday.
Ainsworth expressed that the coaches would miss his leadership as well as his abilities.
‘I’ll remember Ryan’s unselfishness,” Ainsworth said. ‘His success is our success.
‘I wish I still had him.”
Scoville said the signing was bittersweet, as it marked the end of his football career as a Pirate.
‘Very sad. I didn’t get to play on my football field,” Scoville said of his senior year, when Marshfield’s turf was deemed unsafe and the Pirates played their entire season at North Bend.
‘I just appreciate everybody’s support and having a chance to play here.”
Sports Writer Rachel Finney can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 237, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.