By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—That overtime, comeback from behind win over Lebanon September 27 was one the highlights of McKay Senior Elliott Schaffner.
Down 28-7 entering the second half against the Warriors, the Scots marched back into the game and forced overtime before denying Lebanon’s two-point conversion to win the game as McKay won 42-41 that September night to cap his four-years in the Green and Gold.
“Nothing beats being a Royal Scot for the last four years they are going to be my family forever,” starts Schaffner. “That school has been talked down on for many years but McKay is bigger than what people say about it.
“McKay got some coming up athletes these next few years. My favorite memory has to be going out into the second half of the Lebanon game down beating them in OT best day ever.”
Since the Scots dropped to 5A for Football-only, the competition had only stepped up as the West Salem’s and Sprague’s were traded out with the Silverton’s and Lebanon’s to go with familiar foe’s in North Salem and West Albany.
For Schaffner, who committed to play football at Linfield Thursday as an offensive lineman for the Wildcats, mentioned about how those reps against the Warriors for example, helped him for the future.
“It shows how much I can really get better technique and really protect my QB with everything I got,” said Schaffner. “He’s my baby I got to protect him everything gets harder as you go up and you just have to adapt and really push everything to the max college is going to be a very good test.”
It’s just only the beginning for the McKay lineman with what is to come. To rep the McKay name the last four years, working and grinding to get a college look let lone an opportunity is something Schaffner has rest his hat on entering this new chapter of his career.
“It’s been a very long hard-fought journey for me. I have learned four different play books in the last four years and worked hard every minute,” Schaffner said. “Even though my high school never had a winning record, we have highly improved through the last four years. I am so greatly excited for these next four years to go out and play for the best college in the nation I am just thrilled to become a wildcat and keep moving forward…GO CATS.”