JV football takes loss to South Salem

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Celt Anthony Nguyen turns upfield after a handoff from junior varsity quarterback Trent VanCleave Thursday, Sept. 26. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Anthony Nguyen turns upfield after a handoff from junior varsity quarterback Trent VanCleave Thursday, Sept. 26. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The McNary High School junior varsity football team had their first loss of the season in a game with South Salem High School Thursday, Sept. 26. The Saxons edged out the Celts 18-14.

McNary started with a bang that saw running back Brady Sparks break free for a 49-yard run in the first play of the game.

Later in the first quarter quarterback Trent VanCleave connected with receiver Anthony Ngyuen for an 80-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.  VanCleave and Ngyuen connected for another touchdown pass of 21 yards later in the game after the defense forced a fumble deep in South territory. Unfortunately for McNary it would be their final points.

“The defense played a great game behind leaders Gage Mance, Tanner Gordon, and DJ Pequeno and gave the offense chances to win with numerous takeaways,” said Brad Lomax, head coach. McNary’s junior varsity football record is 4-1.

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