By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity football team proved to be the comeback kids with a 26-25 win over Bend’s Mountain View High School on the road Friday, Sept. 20.
McNary overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Cougars by a a single point with just under six minutes left in the game. McNary’s secondary quarterback, Drew McHugh, connected with Tim Hays for the go-ahead touchdown at 5:52 remaining.
“It’s was a short route we don’t hit very often,” said Hays. “Drew got a bit of pressure at the edge and started to roll out, that’s when he saw me and made the pass.”
The team psyched themselves out in the first half worrying about outcomes rather than taking it one play at a time, said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach.
“Momentarily, we didn’t believe in ourselves and it hurt us at times. We still competed decently, like holding them to a field goal on the goal line three times and Kyle Torres making a heads up play on a blocked punt that caused us to give up a safety rather than a touchdown. All those little things kept us in the game,” Parker said.
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