Central Spoils McKay’s Homecoming

By Jeremy McDonald


SALEM, Ore.–  Chase Nelson had himself a day for the Central Football team.  Three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns he led the Panthers to their fourth win of the season and their third-in-a-row following their 49-13 win over McKay at McKay High School.

Call it hard work from all the offseason work, coming off his multi-touchdown game last week against West Albany, mixed in the work by his team around him to back him up he helped lead Central to the victory.

“Over the offseason I just threw basically everyday and worked my butt off.  Credit to my teammates man, they just came out, worked their butts off and this year, we’re just working as a team this year,” Nelson said.

And this game was actually quite close going into the third quarter.  Both teams were tied after one at seven-apiece and the Panthers held a 21-13 lead over the Scots going into the halftime break.  Kyrin Fuiamaono threw a touchdown pass to Justice Anthony and Jamahl Wilson punched it in on the ground for McKay.

Central’s Chase Nelson (red helmet) being broughtdown by a group of McKay players during Saturday’s game (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The offense was clicking in the first half at Anthony, but little hiccups along the way for the Scots hurt them in a promising start to their Homecoming Game on Saturday.  Something that they’ll hope to correct coming down the stretch with Silverton, Corvallis and West Albany left to finish the season.

“We did what we were supposed to do in the first half of the game…we had a lot of mental errors in the first half.  Touchdowns given up on broken coverages, things we should’ve been doing.  Partly that’s on me, I had a broken coverage on a touchdown,” Anthony said.  “We’re trying to win out right now and get a chance for playoffs, the playoff berth is still alive for us.  It’s tough, we need to do a lot of mental reps I feel like on things that we missed “

Central heads to Lebanon on Friday before closing out the season against Dallas.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald


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