McKenzie Stadium hosting Portland State spring football game



A pair of local products will have a homecoming of sorts on Saturday at Portland State’s spring football game.

The Vikings are heading north to McKenzie Stadium as they conclude their series of spring practices.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a youth football clinic; registration forms can be found at An alumni game is scheduled for noon, followed by the spring game at 1 p.m.

Admission is free.

For linebacker Brandon Brody-Heim, playing at McKenzie Stadium will feel familiar. As a graduate of Union High School, Brody-Heim played home games — and road games vs. other teams from Evergreen Public Schools — at the stadium located at Evergreen High School.

Brody-Heim appeared in six games as a freshman last year for the Vikings, playing on special teams and at linebacker while recording five tackles.

Quarterback Kieran McDonagh, meanwhile, is a graduate of Skyview High School. As a freshman last year, McDonagh won the job in fall camp and started all 11 games for the Vikings.

He passed for 2,187 yards and 14 touchdowns — and rushed for 406 yards and nine TDs — while guiding an offense that averaged 439 yards per game.

Preparing for its fourth season under coach Nigel Burton, Portland State is coming off a 3-8 season that included a 2-6 record in the Big Sky Conference.

The Vikings open their 2013 season Aug. 29 against Eastern Oregon at Jeld-Wen Field in downtown Portland.