The McNary High School freshman football team pounded out its third win of the season with a win over Gresham High School Thursday, Sept. 16.
Tanner Purkey opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run followed by a Hayden McCowen point-after kick for a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, D.J. Wilson scored on a 31-yard run McCowen put the extra point through the uprights. After the defense recorded a safety, Brett Hildebrand ran four yards for a touchdown. Cody Ratliff added the extra point for McNary to take a 23-0 lead. Quinton Boyd ran back a punt for 64 yards for a touchdown and McCowen’s successful point after lead the teams into halftime.
Spencer Baker scored two second-half touchdowns on runs of 16 and 83 yards with McCowen and Ratliff each adding an extra point for the Celtics’ final points.
The offensive line opened some nice holes once again led by tackles Eric Gabarda and John Stroebel, said Josh Riddell, offensive coordinator.
Baker led the offense with 161 yards rushing. Wilson and Hildebrand added 52 and 47 yards, respectively, as the Celtics racked up 264 yards in the game.
Thirty-five different players recorded at least one tackle, said Tony Vredenburg, defensive coordinator.
Joseph Giblin and Hunter Bowmar led the Celtics with nine tackles each, with Adam Snegirev, Kolton Vickers, and Hildebrand adding eight each. Justin Cavell returned from an injury to record seven tackles alongside Travis Klampe, Taylor Russell, Seth Miller, Ratliff and Purkey with six tackles each. Daniel Zavala, Perry Groves and Hayden Gosling balanced the defense with five tackles each.
Daniel Brattain averaged 42 yards on three punts and Jordan Barchus did an excellent job as the holder on kicks, said Ted Anagnos, head coach. The Celtics fielded all 70 players for the third consecutive game.
McNary continued its season on Thursday past press time with a home stand against Barlow High School.