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SALEM — South Albany's defense recovered a fumble in the closing minutes Thursday night to preserve a 24-20 win at McKay in a Mid-Willamette Conference football game. 

The Parker Romviel recovery of a KR Tipekis fumble after a long run was made inside the RedHawks' 15-yard line. McKay (0-3, 0-3 MWC) had no timeouts left and South (2-1, 2-1) was able to run out the clock.

The RedHawks played without their starting quarterback, Eli Nafziger, due to an injury, and kicker Oswaldo Ramirez, who was with the boys soccer team for its home game Thursday.  

Kyle Miller and Tyler Seiber, having never played quarterback before, shared those duties. 

"They just did a great job for us," South coach David Younger.

Joe Dunn scored on the final played of the first half on a 28-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Miller. That got South within 14-10 at the break.

The Redhawks went ahead in the third quarter on a 43-yard touchdown catch from Tyler Seiber to Kenyon McGlothan.

McKay retook the lead later in the third on a 78-yard touchdown reception by Elijah Pokovich. The Royal Scots missed the extra point but led 20-17.

Seiber then put South back in front when he returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a score.

Seiber, a freshman, rushed for 106 yards and passed for 47 yards and a touchdown in addition to his return touchdown and starting on defense.

"He's a special football player," Younger said. "For him to come through and put a game together like that was amazing."

Younger said it's uncertain when Nafziger, who suffered a lower leg injury against Silverton last week, will be able to return.

Miller passed for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception. McGlothan had 100 yards receiving on two catches. Dunn had three catches for 33 yards. Isaiah Gilliam also had 33 yards receiving. 

Christian Caspino was created with a team-high 12.5 tackles. Hayden Watts had an interception.

The game was played Thursday instead of Friday due to a shortage of officials in Salem. 

The Redhawks host rival West Albany next Friday.

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