Football heads over the bridge Friday

The 2022 season hasn’t gone as hoped for either McNary or West Salem. But on Friday, something’s got to change.

The Celtics (0-6, 0-4) and the Titans (0-6, 0-4) are among six 6A schools still searching for their first win of the season. So, odds are Friday night number in the win column will change for one of them  — there hasn’t been a tie in 6A this season.

West Salem came close last week, losing to Sprague 28-21 on a touchdown with 3 seconds left in the game. 

Injuries have hampered both teams’ seasons. McNary has suffered four season-ending injuries, which include two broken collarbones and two MCLs. 

Out west, the Titans lost sophomore quarterback Kaden Martirano in the game against Grants Pass on Sept. 23, and with it their offensive strategy has shifted. 

They’ve played three quarterbacks in the two games since, senior Jimmy Lathen, sophomore Cole Hansen and freshman Demari Hall. 

“They’re adapting really well,” McNary head coach Astley said. “When they do want to give them protection they have it, and then they run the ball really well. Their line gets great push, you saw that against Sprague, saw that against South [Salem].”

Combined, Lathen, Hansen and Hall have thrown for 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lathen has rushed for 72 yards in the three games.

The two teams have only shared one opponent so far this season, South Salem. Last week, the Celtics lost to the Saxons on the road 55-19. The Titans trip to South ended 35-7 for the Saxons on Sept. 30.