Gridders losing slide extends to five games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Five turnovers were five too many for the McNary Celts to overcome in their 38-30 loss to the Sprague Olympians. “Some were bad breaks and others were the result of us not taking care of the ball,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “We had to stop their run and eliminate our mistakes, we didn’t do either of those things.” For the Celts, the game was a disappointment because they were plagued by the same problems that have reared their head all season. “If we take out the turnovers, we’re not that far behind anybody,” said Jared Van Cleave, a senior. The Olys leapt out to a 7-0 lead after a tipped pass from Celtic quarterback Kyle Ismay landed in the hands of Oly Reid Gammon and led to the first Sprague touchdown on a 34-yard pass. McNary turned over the ball on downs their next drive and it took Oly quarterback Jordan Giza a single play to race it 56-yards back down the field for a second touchdown and 14-0 lead. On the next Celtic drive, Ismay connected with Garren Robinett on a long pass and Wes Heredia barreled into the end zone on the ground to close the gap to 14-7, but Giza made another huge run for a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the quarter to keep the...

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