By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity football team has already accomplished more than it has in recent years, but the team will solidify its place in the Central Valley Conference and position itself better for the postseason with a win over West Salem High School Friday, Oct. 25.
The two teams meet at West Salem. Kick off is 7 p.m. The game winner will take sole control of second place in the league.
It’s the second high-stakes game for McNary in three weeks. With a chance to secure the top spot in the league two weeks ago, the Celtics fell to Sprague 57-46. But Head Coach Isaac Parker thinks his squad is capable of turning the corner this time.
“Against Sprague, our kids found themselves playing in a meaningful game for the first time in a lot of their careers as high school athletes, and they let that distract them from focusing well. I believe we will have much better focus and will learn from that experience against West and going into the post-season,” Parker said.
Both teams clinched playoff spots last week, McNary with a 48-6 win over McKay High School, and the Titans with a 53-28 win over South Salem High School. League-leading Sprague High School is squaring off with McKay, a team that is currently winless in the league, this week.
“We knew going into the game that we could beat McKay, and we want to go into West confident,” said Celt senior Garrett Hittner. “If we can, it makes our jobs easier.”
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