By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It’s strange to imagine that senior Chansse Lee had just picked up the sport of football just three years ago, being one of the top weapons offensively for the McKay Football team this past Spring. He collected 22 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns in the six games that the Scots played in the Covid-Shortened season.
It all started when Defensive Coordinator and current-McKay Head Coach KJ McCrae kept bringing it up to Lee to just come out and try it during basketball season his freshman year. One day Lee decided to bite and went out to try his hand on the gridiron.
“I got tired of it so I said ‘fine’. I came and ever since then I’ve been playing, I started playing my sophomore year. It was fun. I was new to the game but it was fun running around playing, catching the ball,” Lee said. “That’s what I love to do, catch the ball…I love the game,”
The three-sport athlete, Lee also does Track and Field as a sprinter and a jumper, adjusting and improving the two years he’s been playing. Contributing to a returning skills position core that includes Justice Anthony and Michael Keys at receiver, Josiah Garibay and Joel Garcia at running back and Kyrin Fuimaono at quarterback.
“One thing I like about Chansse is that he takes advantage of opportunities to get better,” Head Coach Brandis Piper said. “He seeks out opportunities to get coached, so he’ll attend extra sessions and he came up to me at the end of this last season and said one of the things I really want to get better at is just learning football and understanding that.
“He’s put time in to learn more about how defenses might line up and what they might try to take away. I think that’s paid off, he was able to start seeing more single-coverage this past and beat that this past Spring. But I think he’s doing a phenomenal job. I’m just excited for what he could bring to the table.”
Lee was open about liking going up against the Man Coverage, the one-on-one’s. It’s something that he brings to the table for the Scots offense. Going through his routes on air Thursday afternoon in McKay’s first full-padded practice of the season, it was smooth with the Lebanon Jamboree in a week and Putnam on September 2 in Salem.
Just trying to improve while helping his squad contend and try to win some games this Fall. Determination and hard work is what they need, points Lee as the Scots and North Salem move to the conference that features Wilsonville, Canby, Hillsboro and Scappoose.
They’ve done a little bit of that this summer with the Team Camp in Cascade, but now it’s time to piece it all together with the season just on the horizon for them.
“We need a lot of determination and hard work. We need to be very, very determined in order to play. We need to gel and mesh, be able to practice and to feel each other so we can get better play on the field,” Lee said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald