Titans beat Celts 43-40

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The lead changed hand sthree times in the last quarter of a game between the McNary and West Salem high school varsity football teams Friday, Oct. 16. The tumultuous quarter ended in a 43-40 loss for McNary. “I think we did a little of everything. We ran the ball well and passed the ball well,” said Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach. “Defensively we had trouble with consistency, we’d get a three-and-out and then let them march down the field.” As the third quarter ended McNary had just failed to convert their last drive leading to a punt attempt in their own red zone. A high snap left the punter without many options other than falling on the ball which he did and the Titans took over at McNary’s one-yard line. Two plays later, Titan quarterback Brody Wittman rolled around the outside of the pack to get the touchdown. A successful two-point conversion made the score 37-34 in favor of West. After two unsuccessful drives, McNary took control of the field at West’s 31-yard line. A trio of rushing attacks by Celt running back Brady Sparks and quarterback Trent Van Cleave took the ball to West’s nine-yard line. McNary spread the defense on a fourth-and-goal attempt that let Van Cleave take a snap between the legs and dive into the end zone for...

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