BY ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity football team’s first game of the season likely wasn’t the statement many expected from the much talked about team, but the Celts still walked away with a 20-13 win over the North Medford High School Black Tornadoes.
A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns made the difference in McNary’s 1-0 start.
“We were able to get together as a team and pulled it out. We started out kind of slow, but we turned it around,” said Celt senior Perry Groves.
The game started with Celtic back-up quarterback Drew McHugh at the helm of the offense. On the Celts’ first drive, running back Brett Hildebrand made a big run on a third-and-seven attempt, but the play was called back for holding and McNary punted after a pass intended for Devon Dunagan sailed long.
The Celtic defense stymied the Tornado offense and Tanner Walker returned the punt to North Medford’s 26-yard line, but an interception ended McNary’s drive.
Celt DJ Wilson got a critical stop tripping a North Medford runner and preventing first down. The Tornadoes ended up punting away the opportunity after a short pass was tipped by a McNary lineman.
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