Celtic gridders outlast Dawgs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Timely defensive stops and just enough offense helped the McNary High School varsity football team survive its encounter with West Albany High School Friday, Sept. 18. “We did a good job of getting inside our gaps and chasing down guys when they got away,” said Celt Jon Anderson. “We were also really persistent and didn’t just roll over after they made some of their big plays.” McNary won 31-22. Overall, Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach, said the game showed signs of improvement over the previous week. “Our effort was a little better than it was against Westview (two weeks ago) and we stayed after them a little more. We could have gone belly-up, but we resurrected ourselves and we had the huge clinching drive,” Auvinen said. The Bulldogs started the game with possession, but the Celtic defense prevented a first down after the kickoff. McNary’s first time in the driver’s seat saw quarterback Trent Van Cleave connect on a 24-yard pass to Matt Aguilar to reset the chains on the opening play. After that, McNary went to the ground game and Celt Brady Sparks pushed the ball to the Bulldog 33-yard line. Another big reception by Kyle Aicher on a fourth down attempt put McNary just outside the West Albany red zone. Van Cleave ran the ball up to the five-yard line...

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