Cougars pounce on out-of-sync Celts

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McNary junior Devon Dunagan fends off a Canby tackler in the teams’ game Friday, Sept. 6. McNary took a 42-14 loss while struggling against a dominant Canby team for much of the night. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

McNary junior Devon Dunagan fends off a Canby tackler in the teams’ game Friday, Sept. 6. McNary took a 42-14 loss while struggling against a dominant Canby team for much of the night. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When the Canby High School varsity football team put a 73-yard touchdown run on the board at 1:01 into its game with McNary High School, it felt like a sign of things to come. It definitely panned out that way.

As the Celtic offense struggled in every way, shape and form for most of the first three quarters, the Cougars ran up a 42-point lead. It wasn’t until the Celt’s second string quarterback Drew McHugh stepped onto the field late in the third that the Keizer team displayed any visible signs of life. McNary lost 42-14.

“On defense, we were either in position to make a play, and didn’t tackle well, or we took poor pursuit angles. On offense, we couldn’t get all 11 guys on the same page. We need everyone working together. We failed to compete well enough to stay in the game after going down a couple scores early on,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach.

Following Canby taking the 7-0 lead, McNary struggled to make good with their opportunity in the driver’s seat. A 12-yard Brett Hildebrand run got the team a first down, but two passing attempts by quarterback Hayden Gosling flew well wide of their intended targets. McNary punted the chance away from their own 37-yard line.

McNary’s defense put up a valiant effort in their second opportunity to halt the Cougar offense. Celts Joseph Giblin, Kyle Torres, Daniel Brattain, DJ Wilson, Paul Rios, Andrew Lawrence and Connor Goff all contributed with tackles, but the Cougars would not be denied. Canby’s possession ended with a touchdown and 14-0 lead.

In McNary’s possession, the team made gains on a Hildebrand run and connection between Gosling and Garrett Hittner, but a delay-of-game penalty took the wind out of the team’s sails and led to another punt. Canby scored another touchdown on a long run in the first play of their drive.


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