All three Bend area football teams in Class 6A Special District 6 traveled to face Salem-area teams Friday night, and all three suffered losses.
McNary defeated Bend High 28-20, West Salem took down Mountain View 29-14, and Sprague beat Summit 18-13.
The Lava Bears (2-1 SD6, 3-4 overall) held a 12-0 lead at halftime, but could not overcome a second half barrage by the Celtics (2-0, 2-5).
Bend trailed 21-20 late in the fourth quarter and was driving, but a turnover on a fumbled snap led to a touchdown for McNary.
“We did a really good job of controlling the ball in the first half,” said Bend coach Matt Craven. “In the third quarter, we had a hard time tackling their big tailback. But I think our effort was outstanding. This went down to the wire. Our offensive line performed well, and Nate Denney was Nate Denney.”
Denney rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries to lead the Bears, who host Lakeridge next Friday in a nonleague game. Kolten Scott added 62 yards on six carries and Spencer Burgess finished with 60 yards on eight carries for Bend.
Mountain View (1-1, 3-4) took an early 7-3 lead on West Salem (2-0, 4-3), but made too many turnovers and mistakes, according to coach Brian Crum.
“We just made too many mistakes in the first half,” Crum said. “We muffed a punt and made some silly mistakes. They (West Salem) got three long touchdown passes on us. We couldn’t put any plays together, and they have some really good athletes. They kind of milked it in the second half.”
Crum noted, however, that the Cougars still control their own destiny with two league games remaining.
“We still control our own destiny and we can finish 3-1 in the league,” Crum said. “The next two league games are huge.”
The Cougars host Sprague next Friday and then host Bend on Nov. 1.
Summit (0-3, 1-6) remains winless in Special District 6 after falling to Sprague (1-1, 1-6), which got its first win of the season by beating the Storm.