By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– For McKay, it’s been since 2010 since the last time they were in football’s ‘second’ season. Yeah, they’ve had a few play-in games, but no bracket-appearances since that 2010 season when they played Lake Oswego.
Just like that year, they drew a tough challenge this year with the second-seed in Silverton.
For the Foxes, their aspirations to reach the 5A State Title Game started on this November Friday night as they spoiled the Scots 11-year wait back to the postseason with a 42-7 victory to advance to the Round of Eight next Friday evening.
Their offense saw Alejandro Briseno rush for 172 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns and another touchdown receiving on two receptions for 17 yards. Leading the charge as Jordan McCarty went 12-for-19 for 187 yards and two touchdowns himself in the win.
“I thought I did alright,” Briseno smiled with a laugh. “It feels great. We want to make it all the way to State, so it’s a great start for us.”
“We just played together and we trusted each other’s abilities. We all just came together and played a pretty solid game,” adds McCarty.
Silverton jumped out to a 21-0 lead on McKay, taking advantage of the little things along the way to set the tone for the final three quarters of the game. By halftime it was 28-0, but the Scots had one opportunity towards the end of the first half that left points on the table for a squad that graduates eight seniors this year.
“We weren’t disciplined enough. We knew what they were going to come out and do, they did exactly what they did. We weren’t disciplined enough to stop it,” McKay’s Justice Anthony said.
Anthony, a sophomore, had five receptions for 68 yards and the lone touchdown for the Scots. Senior Chansse Lee contributed four receptions for 36 yards in his final game in a McKay uniform.
Sophomore quarterback Kyrin Fuimaono went 11-for-22 for 148 yards and a touchdown as the Scots turns their focus to the offseason. Preparing to build off of their 4-6 season this year.
“Before the season I knew what was going to happen. I knew where we’re going to be at the end of the season, I didn’t think we were going to get cut this short though,” Anthony said of the season. “We got the talent. But we got to show up and we got to put in the work because if we put in the work, I feel like we could beat any team in the league and any team in the State, that’s just me personally.”
The Foxes return back to McGinnis Field on November 12 when they host North Salem. The Vikings picked up their first playoff win since 2004, defeating Crater 27-11 for their seventh-win of the season as both teams look to battle it out with a trip to the 5A Semifinals on the line.
Preparing as if they’re playing the best team in the State.
“We can keep building on what we’re doing and perfecting our offense and defense. Keep working together,” McCarty said. “We’ll get into the film room, weight room and prepare like that for what they’re doing and come ready to play.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald