By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A handful of huge plays didn’t help the McNary High School varsity football team in its clash with Gresham High School Friday, Sept. 13. The Gophers’ 27-point fourth quarter sent them ahead of McNary for the 48-40 win.
“I felt like we fought back after Gresham scored four times in a row, but what we need to learn now is to prevent teams from scoring four times in a row, and keep leads when we have them,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach.
McNary’s first big play of the night was a long pass from quarterback Hayden Gosling to David Gonzalez that put the Celts at the 13-yard line, but a sack by Gresham three plays later caused a fumble that the Gophers recovered.
Adam Snegirev got a hard-hitting tackle and Daniel Brattain broke up a pass to help McNary stall the Gophers’ effort on offense and forced a punt. McNary ended up with prime field position on the return drive after Tanner Walker took a hit before making a catch on the punt. Two plays later, running back Brett Hildebrand was swallowed up by a pack of offensive and defensive linemen, many of whom appeared to be on the ground, and came out the other end to put McNary at Gresham’s 25-yard line. The push sputtered after that play and Gresham took over on downs.
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