Celts face Rams Nov. 15

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McNary’s Steven Wilkerson runs interference for Brett Hildebrand in the game with Roseburg (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

McNary’s Steven Wilkerson runs interference for Brett Hildebrand in the game with Roseburg (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The Central Catholic High School varsity football team’s stats tower over many of their opponents’, they might even be said to be giant-like. But McNary High School’s varsity football program was once in the business of slaying giants.

“The biggest thing the GKC (Giant Killing Crew) did was believe. If we can understand what opportunity lies before us, believe that our best football is good enough to win, and expect to win, we can compete. We need to make sure we are prepared for a tough battle, and execute,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach.

The Giant Killing Crew was the moniker adopted by the 1997 Celtic team during its romp through the postseason –- and unseating several higher-ranked opponents -– en route to McNary’s first state title in the sport.

The Celtics travel to meet the Central Catholic High School Rams Friday, Nov. 15, at Hillsboro Stadium. McNary (6-4 overall, 13th in state) kicks off with Central Catholic (10-0, third in state) at 7 p.m.

“We have to respect them as a team and what they’ve done, but we’ve put in a lot of work on the offseason and this season to get where we are. We feel we can make a run in these playoffs,” said McNary senior Frank Rios.

What Central Catholic has done is run roughshod over opponent after opponent this season. In the Rams’ last five games, they’ve put 304 points on the board and allowed only 46. Last week, they blew Barlow High School out of the water 55-7.


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