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Celtics play spoiler to Pacers' first home game

by: Vern Uyetake, Lakeridge Chase Wippert hauls in a 13-yard touchdown, the team's first score since the first game of the season and first ever at the Lakeridge home field site.

At the end of Friday's game, Lakeridge coach Ian Lamont stressed that the final score was meaningless. What mattered was that this Pacers team has just accomplished something no other Lakeridge team ever had. It had played on its home field for the first time in school history and had scored the first ever points on that field as well.

But, on this night, the McNary Celtics scored 47 more points than the Pacers in a 54-7 rout.

For a while, it didn't appear that such a high-scoring affair would take place. McNary got on the board late in the first quarter on a two-yard run by Darian Kauffman.

Then, after being pinned back at their own 15-yard line, the Celtics struck again on a picture-perfect pass from Grant Kessel to Sheldon Austria that went for 75 yards and teh floodgates opened.

On the first play of the Pacers' next possession, Kirt McCallister intercepted a tipped ball and ran it into the end zone for another score.

Logan Anderson tallied a 24-yard touchdown run and Kessel also scored on the ground on a 36-yard scramble making the score 33-0 with two-and-a-half minutes to play in the half.

Then the Pacers mounted their best drive of the season.

Lakeridge marched 83 yards in two minutes and Ben Swinford eventually hit Chase Wippert for a 13-yard touchdown, the team's first score since the first game of the season.

But Austria ran the ensuing kick-off back for a touchdown, making the score 40-7 at the break.

The Celtics were happy to run the ball for the majority of the second half and were the recipients of a few Pacers' turnovers as they controlled the clock.

Former Lakeridge and McNary head coach Tom Smythe, who led both progams to state titles, was also in attendance at the game.

McNary (5-2) will play Redmond next week while Lakeridge (0-6) travels to Putnam.