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red zone once again. McNary catch from T.J. Zimmerman, al-
faced another fourth-and-goal lowing West Albany to cut the
from the one-yard line seven lead to six in the second quar-
continued from Page A10 plays later, but
this time, Mc-
ny had an op-
The McNary defense forced Carty kept the “ It takes a
the Bulldogs into a punting sit- ball himself on special group of portunity
uation near midfi eld on their
plunged guys to come
fi rst drive. But the long snap and
when they got
went through the hands of the into the end together when
down to the
West Albany punter and rolled zone, putting
it’s tough and
all the way to the Bulldogs 10-
yard line, which is where Mc-
way through the red zone
17 seconds re-
Nary took over.
maining in the
After McNary quarterback the fi rst quarter. is a tough
Jack McCarty’s fi rst completion
to Gunner Smedema brought
threw a pair of
the Celtics down to the fi ve- a couple of everything
yard line, two straight runs times and we
and then had
from Dunagan got the ball to
their run up the
the one. On fourth-and-goal,
of those areas
the Celts called the junior run- McCarty said.
The Celtics where the
by the McNary
ning back’s number once again.
Dunagan was met at the line-
tough guy wins. defense.
of-scrimmage by a pair of West
Albany defenders but was able ter the defense Luckily, we had
to the end zone
to get across the goal line with got
a lot of tough
the second effort, giving Mc-
goal which fell
Nary the early lead.
Dunagan was a workhorse a trio of fi rst
— Jeff Auvinen, the fi rst half
in the backfi eld in his fi rst ever down comple-
McNary head coach
varsity start, rushing for 97 tions by Mc-
as the Celtics
yards on 27 carries.
still clung to a
“Dakota has earned his time the drive stalled
and took full advantage. He’s on the Bulldogs fi ve-yard line, 13-7 lead going into the locker
got a low center of gravity and Logan Ready pushed his 23- room.
While the Celtics new
sees the fi eld really well,” Au- yard fi eld goal attempt to the
right, keeping the score at 13-0. no-huddle offense sputtered in
The Bulldogs proceeded to the second and third quarters,
Two possessions later, a
on their only scoring drive McNary’s defense continued
muffed exchange from West
game, marching 95 yards to shut down any West Albany
Albany led to Rios recovering
a fumble, allowing the Celtics down the fi eld and ending the threat as they came away with
to start their possession in the possession with a touchdown their second red zone stop late
in the third quarter.
“It’s about having that bend-
but-don’t break mentality. We
gave up some yards, but we
were able to keep them out of
the end zone for the most part.
It was big-time for us,” Rios
Even though McNary held
the lead for most of the con-
test, the momentum complete-
ly changed at the start of the
Facing a third-and-seven
near midfi eld, McCarty was
fl ushed out of the pocket and
ran to his right to buy time. Just
before he was about to throw
on the run, McCarty had the
ball stripped from him as he
was sacked to the turf. West Al-
bany defensive lineman Hunter
Hampl scooped the ball up and
rumbled 50 yards for the score
Jack McCarty (3) and Tyler Copeland chest bump after as the Bulldogs took their fi rst
McCarty’s touchdown run in the ﬁ rst quarter.
lead of the game at 14-13.
The Celtics were then
stuffed on fourth-and-inches
on their next possession and
were forced to give the ball
back to West Albany in their
own territory. The Bulldogs,
however, turned the ball over
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McCarty had endured his
struggles after the Celtics took
a 13-0 lead in the fi rst quar-
ter, turning the ball over three
times. But, in his fi rst game as
a starter, the senior signal-call-
er was determined to lead his
team down the fi eld.
“I pride myself on being
to come back from bad sit-
uations,” McCarty said.
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Zane Aicher (20) runs for a ﬁ rst down after catching a pass in the open ﬁ eld.
rty had attempted to connect
with speedster Ethan Martin
twice on a wheel route down-
fi eld. The two fi nally hooked
up on the fi rst play of the drive
when McCarty hit Martin in
stride down the sideline for a
“I really felt like that play
gave us the momentum back.
We were ahead most of the
game, but energy wise, we felt
like we were down,” McCarty
McCarty then hit Zane Aic-
her for an 18-yard completion
down the middle to the 25-
yard line. After a fi rst down run
by Dunagan, McCarty threw a
14-yard strike to Braiden Co-
peland for a touchdown, allow-
ing the Celtics to regain the
advantage with 4:47 remaining.
McCarty fi nished the game
passing 14-of-25 for 130 yards.
“I think Jack got some con-
fi dence going and just started
rifl ing the ball around,” Auvin-
McNary got the ball back
after West Albany went three-
and-out but couldn’t overcome
a holding penalty and had to
punt the ball back to the Bull-
dogs with less than two minutes
West Albany, who had no
timeouts left, got the ball on
their own 40-yard line and
drove inside the red zone. A
pass interference penalty gave
the Bulldogs the ball at the Mc-
Nary 10-yard line with 16 sec-
But for the third time in the
game, McNary was able to get
a red zone stop as Cale threw
four consecutive incomple-
tions, sealing the Celtics win.
It was the least amount of
points given up by McNary
since the 2017 season.
“It takes a special group of
guys to come together when
it’s tough, and the red zone is
a tough zone where everything
shrinks. It’s one of those areas
where the tough guy wins.
Luckily, we had a lot of tough
guys,” Auvinen said.
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