By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– McKay finds themselves in a unique situation. Playoff football. November football. One of 16 teams left kind of football.
It’s been since 2010 since the Scots have been in the postseason, roughly since 2012 since they had more than two wins in a season. All of this with a relatively young nucleus and a sophomore quarterback guiding the offense.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time right now. Trying to prepare for Silverton and win this game so we can go deep into the playoffs, I know it’s been a while since McKay has,” Kyrin Fuimaono said.
Coming off of the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 league the Fall of 2020, Fuimaono started two games at quarterback during the Covid-shortened season in the Spring before an injury sidelined the then-freshman.
Now healthy, the sophomore had 1,942 yards and 19 touchdowns according to SB Live Oregon going into the Scots 21-18 loss to North Salem. Fuimaono just added to the total, pushing the totals to over 2,000-yards and 20-touchdowns as he’s taken his talents to the next level in a somewhat normal year.
Gaining experiences through those two quick snapshots to give him a taste of what he was walking into this season in which McKay sits 4-5 on the year.
“It gave me a lot of Varsity experience and it got me used to the game-speed and stuff like that. So coming into this year, it was pretty easy to get into things on the Varsity-level instead of a JV-level or something,” said Fuimaono.
“One of the things I love about Kyrin is he’s always working to grow and he’s looking to get better. He plays within himself and understands who he is and what his strengths are and I really think he embraces that,” adds Scots Head Coach Brandis Piper. “I think that allows him to be really successful. He plays to that and he’s an extremely smart football player, he keeps his eyes down field. There’s a lot of good quarterbacks out there but I like what our guy is doing.”
Following their film session/install period before Monday evening’s practice, Fuimaono was the last one in the classroom. Absorbing the last little bit of film on the screen from the Foxes-Lebanon game before heading out to practice in preparation for the first-round of the 5A State Playoffs this Friday night in Silverton.
The squad has seen similar caliber teams in the fourth-seed of Canby and top-seeded Wilsonville this season as they prepare for the second-seed in the Foxes.
“It definitely can help see where we’re at because Silverton’s been pretty good for the past couple of years, but we’ll see where we’re at…and keep improving and improving from that,” said Fuimaono.
Kick-off is at 7pm at McGinnis Field.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald