By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
TUALATIN—McNary’s (0-3) highlight, maybe its only one of the night, came at the end of the first quarter.
With seven seconds remaining, senior Jacob Jackson intercepted Tualatin quarterback Blake Jackson at midfield and ran 50 yards for a touchdown.
But the extra point was blocked and it was all downhill from there as the Celtics fell 50-6 on Friday, Sept. 14.
Both teams struggled holding on to the ball. McNary threw two interceptions and lost four fumbles. Along with Jackson’s interception return for a touchdown, Noah Bach recovered three fumbles.
But Tualatin made big plays when it had the ball while the Celtics, missing lineman Wyatt Sherwood and Ian Koenig with injuries, did very little on offense, finishing with under 100 yards.
Quarterback Erik Barker, who was constantly under pressure and sacked five times, completed 12 of 28 passes for 85 yards. McNary’s longest gain of the night came on a 26-yard completion to Nigel Harris.
Junior Walling rushed for 36 yards with half of it coming on one carry.
Within 21-6 late in the first half, the McNary defense couldn’t tackle John Miller, who took a screen pass 55 yards to the end zone with just four seconds remaining.
The Celtics fumbled away its first possession of the second half, which led to another Tualatin score.
A bad McNary snap out of the back of the end zone then led to a safety and Miller returned the free kick 60 yards to stretch the Timberwolves lead to 43-6 early in the third quarter.
Tualatin scored its final touchdown on a 14-yard run with 1:12 remaining in the third.
McNary plays at Tumwater, Wash. on Friday, Sept. 21 and then returns home on Sept. 28 to host South Medford for homecoming.