McNary High School’s freshman football team entered league competition undefeated (4-0) this week and in the wake of a 34-12 win over Barlow High School Thursday, Sept. 23.
The Celts clashed with North Salem High School Thursday past press time.
Brett Hildebrand opened the scoring in the first quarter of the Barlow game with a six-yard touchdown run. Hayden McCowan added the point after kick for a 7-0 lead. Garrett Hittner followed with two first quarter touchdown catches, a 29-yarder from Andrew Lawrence and a 58-yarder from Quinton Boyd. McCowan converted one of two kicks for a 20-0 lead.
The Bruins ran back a kickoff for a touchdown to open the second quarter, but Hildebrand answered with a 20-yard touchdown run and McCowan added the point after for a 27-6 lead ending the half.
D.J. Wilson padded the Celtic lead with a 19-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter. McCowan added the point after to make it 34-6. Barlow scored later in the quarter closing the score to 34-12.
Boyd, Lawrence and Jonathan Doutt combined for 13 completions on 27 attempts and 285 yards passing. Wilson carried the ball six times for 101 yards to lead a rushing attack that netted 186 yards.
Boyd caught five passes for 102 yards with Hittner adding 87 and Brandon Lao put in 70 yards.
Offensive Coordinator Josh Riddell was pleased with the balance on offense and Kyle Ward, line coach, cited Frank and Paul Rios for excellent line play.
Cody Ratliff recorded 11 tackles with Lawrence adding 10 to lead the Celtic defense. Daniel Brattain wrapped up nine tackles with Hittner and Adam Snegirev adding eight each. Ratliff averaged 45 yards on six kickoffs to lead the special teams play.