The McNary High School freshman football team got off to an explosive start with a 46-21 victory over Crater High School on Friday, Sept. 3.

Tanner Purkey popped the lid off Celtic scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Cody Ratliff added the extra point for 7-0 lead.

Jonathan Doutt found Quinton Boyd on a nine-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter with Hayden McCowan sending the extra point through the uprights.

After Crater scored to make it 14-7, Andrew Lawrence threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Boyd for a 20-7 halftime lead.

Spencer Baker ran five yards for a third quarter touchdown and McCowan added the extra point for a 27-7 lead.

D.J. Wilson opened the 4th quarter with a five-yard touchdown run as the Celtics opened up a 33-7 lead.

Crater scored to make it 33-15, but the Celts answered as Adam Snegirev scored on a 28-yard run to make it 39-15. Crater scored again, but Snegirev with a 35-yard touchdown run. McCowan kicked the extra point to close the scoring.

Overall, McNary rushed for 338 yards led by Brett Hildebrand and Snegirev with 83 yards each. Wilson finished with 68 yards and Baker added 63 for a balanced rushing attack making Josh Riddell, offensive coordinator, quite pleased.

Doutt and Lawrence combined for eight completions on 12 attempts for 57 passing yards. Boyd led receiving with four catches for 38 receiving yards, all were coached by McNary alum Justin Barchus.

“The offensive line, coached by former Celtic stars Kyle Ward, Todd Scott and Conrad Venti, did an outstanding job led by center Perry Groves,” said Ted Anagnos, head coach.

Kevin Cook led the defense, coached by Mike Gray, with six tackles and Ratliff came up with five. Wilson and Justin Cavell each had an interception,and Cavell added 4 tackles.

Daniel Brattain averaged 40 yards on three punts and Cody Wright did a good job with the long center snaps, Anagnos said.