By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Isaac Parker, McNary High School’s head football coach, has been looking forward to the Celts’ game with Canby High School for a while.
“It’s one of those games that could be a state semifinal match-up at some point and, as a coach, that gets exciting,” Parker said. “It’s also an away game and any time you get tested on the road is a good thing.”
The teams kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Canby High School.
For McNary, the Cougars – the ninth-ranked team in the land prior to a 38-7 loss to No. 6 Tigard High School last week – will be a test of how much the team has evolved since last November when it was bounced from the state playoffs in the first round.
The Celtics took a 20-13 win over their Zero Week opponents, North Medford High School, but this will be the first time McNary has faced such a highly regarded program in the preseason in several years.
“We’ve been watching film all weekend and they’re a really good team, but we can’t get cocky because we won one game,” said McNary senior Daniel Brattain.
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