Rebuilding Gopher team next for Celts

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McNary’s Braden Taylor scrambles down the sideline after picking up a fumble in the Celts’ game with Canby High School last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

McNary’s Braden Taylor scrambles down the sideline after picking up a fumble in the Celts’ game with Canby High School last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity football team will get a shot at revenge Friday, Sept. 13, in a game with Gresham High School.

When the Gophers and Celtics met last year, Gresham blew past McNary to a 39-18 win on the strength of running back Devantae Hoffman. This time around, with Hoffman graduated, the Gophers field a team with promise, but not much to show for it in terms of output.

“We absolutely have not been able to run the ball with any consistency in two games. That’s what we want to be and have been in the past. We have decent size and athleticism up front, but don’t really seem to get what it takes to move people in a varsity game,” said Todd Nagel, Gresham head coach.

Gresham is still looking for its first win of the season while McNary is 1-1, coming off a bruising loss to Canby High School last week.

“We are preparing for them by working on what we need to do … primarily, block and tackle.  I was not upset with losing last week as much as I was upset at how we competed. This week, we are going to find ways to compete better,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach. “I’m not really worried about Gresham as much as I’m worried about us.”


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