By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– McKay’s Jamahl Wilson came onto the scene the last few games that saw the Scots incoming junior open up another faucet in the ever-expanding offensive threat that McKay was molding last season.
Humbled and respectful to the game, Wilson admits that he would have finished even stronger coming off of his 14-carry, 194-yard appearance while speaking highly of his teammates. The junior wants to lead his teammates and hope that they can be better than he is as the Scots went to work Friday afternoon for their intrasquad scrimmage.
“I don’t think I did that great last couple of games, but in my first game I felt like I did well. I felt like I could’ve come back and did better…One good rushing game is not going to be as good as consistent rushing games. Even if you get 100-yards each game, you’re doing good. You’re contributed to the team. I want to be that consistent back, give me the rock and I’ll make a play off of it.” Wilson starts.
“I want to be one of the leaders this year, we have a lot of good running backs this year. We have a lot of good, young running backs so I’d like to lead them to be better than me. We have Rodolfo (Flores),and Jaydn Garibay, they’re my favorite Running Backs on the team. They’re only sophomores and I feel like they have the potential to be better than me.”
This past season saw the Scots snap a playoff drought on the plus-side of ten years, their previous appearance was in 2010 prior their 5A first round appearance in 2021 when they lost to eventual 5A State Champions in Silverton. The two teams will play again Week 7 on October14 in Salem as the Scots join the Mid-Willamette Conference.
But over the Summer, McKay had a steady 70 kids at workouts and team camp as they went into Fall practice this week and took the momentum built from last Fall and started to build from it for this year.
“”We’ve had good attendance over the Summer, we’ve had 70-plus kids at practices, at workouts, at team camp. I think we’re going to have a good year with how much work we’ve put in this offseason,” Wilson said. “I think it’s pretty big, I think we’re going to have a pretty good year, especially offensively. Our line is looking really good, our skills are amazing. We have Lukes (Dominguez), Justice (Anthony), me, Kyrin (Fuimaono), the list goes on. We got subs. We got good subs and our defense is good too.”
The Scots will be hosting Scappoose, Cascade and Woodburn for a four-team jamboree August 26 before kicking off the season September 2 against Lebanon at McKay High School
Photos By Jeremy McDonald