McNary senior linebacker and running back Hunter Ruberto was named the Oregon Army National Guard Most Valuable Teammate for football.
The rain had stopped a couple hours ago. The bi-polar weather of the Pacific Northwest seemed to want to cooperate, like it knew how big the day was. Though the cold of fall persisted.
But even with the autumn chill in the air, there was a warmth around Flesher Field on Oct. 21.
And as the minutes ticked down to kickoff, with the Celtics gathered, Tyler Young stood at the front of the pack, adorned in a sapphire blue helmet and number 38 jersey.
He didn’t have pads, he wasn’t on the roster. But for a night, Tyler was part of the team.
McNary heads to Sprague heads to Sprague to close out the 2022 football season, and head coach Connor Astley returns to where he graduated from for the first time as a varsity head coach.
In their final home game of the season, McNary lost to the North Medford Black Tornado 52-6 on Friday night.
McNary football has a list of injuries mounting, but head coach Connor Astley and the Celtics are still looking forward, preparing for the final two games of the season.
The Celtics travelled to West Salem on Friday, as the Titans came away with a 47-7 behind four first half scores by Jimmy Lathen.
The Celtics took the opening drive and marched down the field Friday night against the Saxons to open the game with a touchdown.
But the McNary offense would struggle, despite scores from Jake Allen, Ryan Lyda and Hunter Ruberto, for most of the night, going down on the road at South Salem 55-19.
McNary football will head across town to South Salem to face the No. 6 Saxons and quarterback Daschel Smith.
The North Salem Vikings came into McNary on Friday and left with a 21-7 victory.
Perhaps the changing moment of the game came late in the second quarter when North Salem quarterback TC Manumaleuna responded to a Celtics student section chant with a touchdown.
The North Salem Vikings are set to come to McNary Friday night. The Vikings are coming off their first loss of the season, 23-17 to North Medford.