Celts fall to Olys in battle for top spot

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McNary’s Hayden Gosling hands off the ball to Brett Hildebrand (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

McNary’s Hayden Gosling hands off the ball to Brett Hildebrand (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)


Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity football team’s game with Sprague High School Oct. 10 for the top spot in the Central Valley Conference was a thriller and a heartbreaker all rolled into one.

The Celts took an early lead in the game, but fell victims to their own errors and the Oly offensive combination of running back Thomas Harris and receiver Devin Redinger. The Celts lost 57-46.

“Both ways we set ourselves up for bad situations,” said McNary senior Hayden McCowan. “On offense, our plays weren’t coming together and that gave the defense bad ball position. Our defense had troubles with tackles in the backfield.”

With the win, the undefeated Olys took the top spot in the league while McNary fell into a tie for second place with West Salem High School.

Sprague’s first drive of the night ended in a touchdown despite Celt Jordan Barchus coming up with a stop at McNary’s one-yard line. Sprague took a 7-0 lead, but it didn’t last long.

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