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McNary’s Gustavo Villalvazo splits the uprights from 22 yards out in the game with West Albany High School Friday,
Sept. 18. Villalvazo recently became the team’s place kicker, usually he is on the fi eld with the boys soccer team.
Both teams ended the next several
drives without scoring, but McNary’s
cause was bolstered with key stops from
the likes of Shawn Snyder, Isaiah Holt,
Tanner Gordon, Trevor Guzman, Kolby
Barker, Hayden Sader and Anderson.
“We picked it up in practice as far
as tackling which gave us trouble in
the Westview game. The coaches made
sure we were ready for that this game,”
West Albany scored on a one-play
drive with 4:38 left in the half to make
the score 14-8.
The Celts responded with a long
drive that ended in a 22-yard fi eld goal
by Villalvazo at the horn. The teams
retreated to the locker room with Mc-
Nary in the lead 17-8.
McNary’s fi rst drive of the second
half saw the team attempt a 46-yard
fi eld goal that fell short. West Albany
made the most of their fi rst possession
to narrow the gap between the teams to
17-16 on a touchdown and two-point
“We were going to the play correct-
ly, but we weren’t hitting hard enough
to get off the blocks,” Anderson said.
McNary returned to the ground
game on a drive that spanned the break
between the third and fourth quarters.
Aguilar gave the Keizer team excellent
fi eld position with a kickoff return to
the Celtic 48-yard line. Sparks notched
a pair of fi rst down sprints through the
middle and Van Cleave connected with
Aicher to give the team some breathing
room with a touchdown. McNary led
24-16 with 10:01 left to play.
A pass interference call rekindled
the Bulldogs’ next drive and the West
Albany team scored on a breakaway
touchdown run. A two-point conver-
sion attempt ended a yard from the end
zone to preserve a 24-22 McNary lead.
Van Cleave and Sparks traded run-
ning duties on the next drive as the
team quickly moved the ball back up
the fi eld. The drive ended when Sader
pulled Van Cleave into the end zone on
a short run from the fi ve-yard line. With
the point-after, McNary lead 31-22.
West Albany took back the ball with
2:01 left on the clock and ended the
game with a “Hail Mary” that fell in-
complete at the horn.
“We had good contributions from
all over the place. Brady had some hard-
earned yards and Trent made some
gutsy plays and we had a couple of re-
ceivers step up. Kyle Aicher played hard
on both sides of the ball with one good
hand and showing a ton of character,”
Scots, Celts battle Friday
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Neither the players nor head
coach of the McNary High
School varsity football team
believe the team has lived up to
its potential so far this season.
They’ll get another chance
to prove themselves Fri-
day, Sept. 25, at McKay High
“It’s not good enough to
just beat them. Putting up a big
score would really show what
we’re able to do and the type
of team we are,” said Celt Kyle
McNary (2-1 overall, 2-0
in the Greater Valley Confer-
ence) faces a struggling Royal
Scot team just getting over its
third consecutive loss. It might
be tempting to overlook the
Salem team, but Celt Jon An-
derson wanted McNary to step
back and take it a game at a
“I want us to come out and
not underestimate McKay. We
have to take it seriously and hit
them hard every single play,”
Three games into the season,
McNary is becoming known as
a running team despite having
lots of options in the air.
“Our receivers can get a
little more open on the out-
side and Trent (Van Cleave) can
get the ball to us if we can get
open,” Aicher said.
Van Cleave completed 16
of 29 last week for 183 yards
with no interceptions and one
touchdown. Brendan Van Voor-
his led the receivers with four
catches for 64 yards, but Brady
Sparks, Aicher, Matt Aguilar,
Brodie Nepstad and Tanner
Gordon all made contributions.
On the ground, Van Cleave
pounded out 127 yards on 20
carries and Sparks piled up 105
yards on 25 carries.
“I’d like to see us put the
pressure on, keep the pres-
sure on and take another step
forward this week,” said Jeff
Auvinen, McNary head coach.
“We need to come together
as a group and have everyone
making the best play they can
to the best of their ability.”
Last week, McKay lost to
North Salem High School 22-
7. The Royal Scots were fi rst to
the board with a touchdown in
the fi rst quarter, but the Vikings
began unloading beginning in
the third quarter.
McKay had 123 yards on
the ground and 19 by air for
Gordon said the Celtics
were still building last week,
and that the progression will
“We built off the loss to
Westview and we’ll build off
the win over West Albany,” he
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Celtic Brodie Nepstad dodges a tackle in the game with West Albany High School.
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