By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—As school is beginning to end and Spring Football merges with Summer Football, the Boys of Fall have one game to play in the Spring with 7-on-7 at South Salem High School.
McKay, the lone non-South Salem squad partaking in the 7-on Saturday, along with South Salem were going up against each other for bragging right of the division championship for the 7-on-7 league.
Now, playing without some players from both sides, it was still as intense as if it was a Friday night and the pads were popping as both sides were jawing at each other while trying to keep their composure out in between the stripes.
For the Scots, it was a good test on how to face the adversity given from another team from the opening whistle as both teams looked to build some momentum for the summer ahead.
“At the end of the day it comes down to who competed better, who came out here and competed. Who played their butts out, I feel like if we came out here and give 100-percent every play. I mean, it may not be me who get the ball or get the interception or something to make a play, but I feel like be there for my teammates and that’s what makes a team,” said McKay’s David Hernandez.
Hernandez, along with his defense, allowed a quick score to start the game that tied it after Aiden Hyatt and the offense strike. But that was the one of the few times that the McKay defense let one get away as the Scots picked up four interceptions as Hyatt and Ty Kynaston found themselves connecting on a few big plays offensively for the Scots as their lead expanded.
And with the possibility of a few more 7-on’s over the summer, those McKay football players that came out for this Spring 7-on-7 can merge it with their team over the summer months to build more momentum entering August Camp leading up to Week 1 of the season.
“I think we’re just going to build off of it, have everyone that’s out here right now coming out on Summer Ball and just building off of that into the regular season,” said Kynaston.
With them posing for a quick picture after their win on this warm early-June day, they celebrated a bit, but they knew that its just the start of the season and the games haven’t really began just yet.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald