By Jeremy McDonald
INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central and McKay were neck-and-neck entering the second quarter with the Scots holding a bare 8-7 lead after converting a two-point conversion in response to the Panthers scoring in their opening drive of the game.
“Man sometimes you just get it to click, but it’s a team effort so it’s not one player. It’s all 11 guys,” said Rafael Aguilar who rushed for 75 yards on eight carries on the rushing game. “I think we can see what clicks well and once you find something that clicks, then you can build from there.”
The Scots score came from Jose Camarena from an yard out with McKay converting on the two-point conversion after being pushed back due to a penalty. Camarena had 53 yards on the ground on nine carries Friday night.
Central however, would open the second quarter with a quick strike. Followed that with four straight consecutive defensive stops that included by a punt blocks and a fumble recovery, turning all four into scores with two rushing scores and two Kaleb Kantola to Jesse Cable scores.
The line blocked to give Hunter Chase time to find the hole and gave Kantola opportunities to find that one perfect spot in the defense.
“Our lineman just did their job, we bounced back from last week with the loss to Silverton,” said Chase who rushed for 103 yards on 20 carries. “It’s really big for us to bounce back from it, trying to get back to the playoffs this year.”
“Everything was going good for us. We were running the ball good and the line blocked for me tonight, they gave me good timing on routes. I thought we executed well on offense and defense,” said Kantola who went 7-for-11 passing in the game.
The McKay defense, who were solid against West Albany a week before, took this game as a good tool for learning as they prepare for South Albany on a short week, playing the Redhawks Thursday night instead of Friday night in Salem.
“We just got to fly around and just get to the ball faster, that’s all it is. Overall, it’s about doing our assignments and doing what we have to do,” said McKay Linebacker Jonathan Mentado from a defensive perspective.
The Scots defense kept Central off the board, but the Scots only produced a 18-yard Caleb Parkinson-to-Ty Kynaston strike to break the scoring drought for McKay as the Panthers took the game 34-14 with their focus turning to West Albany Friday night at 7pm
“Moving forward, our defense could improve a lot, also our offense. Just mainly attacking at the line of scrimmage on defense and offense, just dialing in all of our plays. Making sure everyone knows what they are doing,” said Kantola.
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