Celtics fall on homecoming

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary came from behind last season to defeat McMinnville on its homecoming. A year later, the Grizzlies got their payback. With 9 seconds remaining, McMinnville quarterback Samuel DuPuis broke a tackle to score a 2-yard touchdown as the Grizzlies stunned McNary 39-35 on Friday, Oct. 6. After a squib kick gave the Celtics the ball at midfield, Erik Barker completed a 16-yard pass to Jacob Jackson to give McNary one last chance with 4 seconds left to play. However, Barker’s final throw sailed out of the back of the end zone. After the game, McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen told his team McMinnville simply made more plays. The Celtics led 35-24 entering the fourth quarter after Barker and Junior Walling connected for a 36-yard touchdown, the Grizzlies fumbled the following kickoff, Alex McGrath recovered, and then Walling added a 5-yard touchdown run. With 7:29 remaining in the game, McNary failed to convert a third-and-1 and decided to punt, which McMinnville senior Odin Thorson returned 65 yards for a touchdown to get the Grizzlies within 35-32 after a successful two-point conversion. “We kicked it low, we kicked it short and right to him,” Auvinen said. “He caught it moving forward and he was gone. That was good play by him and not a very good play by us.” Auvinen said McNary coaches had discussed...

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