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Scrimmage signals onset of McNary football season

McNary’s quarterback hands off the ball to a running back during a scrimmage with the Silverton High School Foxes June 10. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Believe it or not, football is back in season. Well, almost.

Hopefuls for the McNary High School varsity football team took to the field Friday, June 10, for a scrimmage with the Silverton High School Foxes.

“I think it was a real positive experience because we were able to use pads for the first time in the preseason and that let us spend quite a bit of time on just the fundamentals of blocking, tackling and doing the things you have to do to play football,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach.

Ward credited Ron Richards, McNary’s athletic director completing his first year on the job, with the decision to allow full-pad spring scrimmages. The teams competed in 20 plays taking turns on offense and defense, no score was kept.

“Because of that, the kids will be able to walk out on the field the first day of summer camp in a different spot than we’ve had in the past,” Ward said.

The scrimmage also provided the chance for the Celts to try out some new looks on defense, courtesy of new defensive coach Scott Barchus.

“In general, we did some good things and found other areas where we can get better,” Ward said.

The Celts have a month off before summer weight training begins July 4 at Whiteaker Middle School. Included with that training will be a new set of dietary recommendations the athletes are supposed to hold to in preparation for the fall football season.

“We’re just doing the best we can to prepare the kids for next fall in all areas,” Ward said.

For more photos of the scrimmage, visit our photo gallery.