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High school football notebook: McNary-West Salem develop own trophy


12:00 AM, Nov. 06, 2012 EST

The Mayor's Trophy - usually incorrectly referred to as the Mayor's Cup - has been fought for between the football teams from North Salem and South Salem for about half a century.

McNary and West Salem now have a similar trophy, and a better reward.

Though West Salem won the trophy with a 24-20 win on Oct. 26, both teams were rewarded with a pizza party Monday night at Walery's Pizza in West Salem.

The idea came from first-year McNary head coach Isaac Parker, nephew of Walery's owner Dave Walery.

"The original plan was to give the winning team a pizza party," said Walery, a McNary graduate. "These guys work their butts off, they're all deserving, so I said both teams get to have a pizza party.

"They're all friends with each other. This builds up good comeraderie, we'll have them all on the same night."

McNary offensive coordinator Josh Vanlue spent a good part of the past decade involved with the Mayor's Trophy rivalry as a player and assistant coach at South Salem.

"For me, I grew up on Walery's Pizza so it's a huge, huge motivation for me," Vanlue said.

The biggest competition of the night was who was going to eat the most pizza:

For McNary, 155-pound sophomore running back Jeremy Williams ate the most, 26 pieces of pizza.

Walery pointed out West Salem lineman Matt Sommer as the likely candidate to eat the most.

Sommer ate a modest four pieces, though he stuck around to cheer on teammate Bronson Kleiber, who is listed at 260 pounds and was demolishing a pizza.

"Bronson's going to do it," Sommer said. "Bronson's going for 50 today. He can eat 50 pieces of pizza. 42 is his record. He's had nine. He's just getting started, though."

Bye weeks: A lot of local high school football teams had bye weeks last week.

Besides West Salem, Sprague, South Salem, Silverton and Cascade - all of which earned byes through last week's play-in round - Dayton, St. Paul and Perrydale also had bye weeks before the start of this week's state playoffs.

Teams used their bye weeks in different ways, many shortening practices and not having practice on Friday in order to give their players rest.

"At this point in the season it's definitely kind of unusual to not have a specific opponent you're preparing for," Silverton coach John Mannion said. "I thought that was a good week, making good use for our time."

Central Valley Conference champion West Salem held a "scrimmage" against the Pop Warner Tiny Mites Titans team made up of kindergarten through second grade children Friday.

Mid-Willamette Conference champion Silverton had a weight lifting contest Friday.

Oregon West Conference champion Cascade skipped practice Friday and instead the players got together to watch movies and eat pizza.

Due to the OSAA's power ranking system it is hard for coaches to predict which team they are going to play in the first round, which makes scouting a prospective first-round opponent difficult.

In some cases their opponent for the first round could be one of five teams.

"I went and watched the game, but you're never sure if that's the team you're going to play tonight," said Cascade coach Steve Turner.

Mostly coaches used the week off to give their players rest and worked on the basics when they did practice.

"We kind of went back as coaches and we watched all of our game film and we kind of used it to take a step back and evaluate where we are at this point," Dayton coach Brodie Unger said.

The bye week to end the regular season was the third of the season for St. Paul, which had the other two due to forfeits from opponents.

"We don't need three of them, we do enjoy a bye week during the season," St. Paul coach Tony Smith said.

First-round games: The matchups have been set for this week's first-round games.

In Friday's 6A games, No. 3 seed West Salem hosts Grant at 7 p.m., No. 3 seeded Sprague hosts Westview at 7 p.m., No.6 seed South Salem travels to play Canby at 7 p.m. and No. 8 seed McNary plays at No. 1 seed Lake Oswego at 7 p.m.

In Friday's 5A playoffs, No. 2 seed Silverton hosts Putnam at 7 p.m.

In 4A, No. 3 seed Cascade hosts Douglas at 7 p.m.

There are a lot of local 3A teams playing Friday.

No. 1 seed Dayton hosts Warrenton at 7 p.m., No. 5 seed Willamina plays at Coquille at 7 p.m., No. 3 seed Santiam Christian hosts Lakeview at 7 p.m., No. 2 seed Scio hosts Clatskanie at 7 p.m. at North Salem and No. 6 seed Blanchet travels to play Rainier at 7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro's Hare Field.

In Saturday's 2A games, No. 1 seed Kennedy hosts Bonanza at Salem Academy at 1 p.m. and No. 5 seed Regis travels to play at Grant Union at noon.

Both of Friday's local 1A games are in the afternoon. No. 1 seed St. Paul hosts Powder Valley at 1 p.m. and No. 4 seed Perrydale hosts Jordan Valley at 4 p.m.

National record: Junior Kraig Pruett transferred from West Salem to Waldport over the summer and he made his presence felt this season for the Irish.

But Friday night he made the biggest impact yet.

The 5-foot-9, 170 pound receiver/defensive back, had 18 receptions for a national-record 456 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's 48-0 win against Culver.

Pruett had 87 receptions for 1,550 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

As a sophomore at West Salem Pruett made two tackles, but didn't catch a pass.

 

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