CC versus Oregon City

The game Friday (9/19) against the Oregon City Pioneers  provided many levels of involvement for fans and coaches.  The coaches will no doubt view and review the game many times over the week in order to prepare a game plan to meet Centennial next Friday (9/26). But, for the fans  there was plenty of viewing  variety.  Once again the weather cooperated and presented a marvelous sunset for those in attendance.  In addition, the Hillsboro Air Show was in progress so before sunset the planes were flying and twisting, leaving trails of smoke in circles and swirls.  After dark the jets flew varied patterns leaving trails of sparks and stars to fill the sky and tantalize the fans. The Air Show closed with fireworks; truly a light show for the few fans who could actually watch to the West.  The game itself provided viewers a variety of action.  The Rams scored seven touchdowns by seven different players, a witness of great team balance.  If  7 different players score, who does the opponent defend?

The Rams scored first with JJ Wells getting the call and dashing into the end zone early in the first quarter.  The initial quick first touchdown was followed by scores by Cameron Scarlett, Ronnie Rust and Xavier Hallinan, and a quarterback keeper by Sean Dack.  A long pass to LeMar Winston counted for the passing score and finally, Matt Nwerem ran the 7th touchdown into the end zone.  Scoring 7 touchdowns by 7 different players was a great opportunity for the Rams to demonstrate versatility and depth.  Oregon City was a strong opponent, but the Rams were able to use many players off the bench, giving many starters the chance to rest and allowing players who don’t often see game time action the chance to show their stuff. 

Final score Rams 49 Pioneers 21

Next Friday, Sept. 26th the Rams meet the Eagles of Centennial, once again a home game at Hillsboro Stadium, but a late starting game:  8:00 pm.  Be a Ram fan, fight the traffic and join the many followers of a fine football squad. 

RAMS versus St. John Bosco

The CC gym rocked Friday night, like a typical football game night – students, teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, little toddlers, over 400 of them in all  came to watch an internet broadcast of the CC vs St. John Bosco game. The fans were ready to support the Rams who had traveled to Southern California to meet the St. John Bosco Braves, the State Champions of the Sunshine State. The west side bleachers teemed with excitement before the game.  Tracy and her kitchen staff provided food and beverages to keep the fans full and content.  As the 400 loyal Ram fans filled the stands to view the action, the Fox announcers broadcast  the play by play and Ram TV kept the stats and reviewed the plays to keep the anxious crowd involved.

The fans were pleasingly surprised by the 7-7 halftime score.  When the inspired Rams executed a pretty play, Scarlett's 57 yard run, the fans were on their feet, screaming and stomping the bleachers. The big screen brought every play “into our living room” Then when Ronnie Rust wiggled his way across the goal line, the yells and screams shook the gym. St. John Bosco followed suit and put together an 80 yard drive to tie the score 14-14. A very well matched two teams with similar winning streaks – two state champions faced each other.

Still in the third quarter, a fumble by LaMar Winston allowed St. John Bosco to recover and put together a 24 yard drive to make the score 21-14 with 1.54 left in the 3rd. The Rams needed to control the ball and the tempo of the game at this point. But the Ronnie Rust turn-over with 1:13 to go brought silence to the Ram crowd. When the Braves scored, the gym was quiet. The Rams couldn't afford to fumble, but the Braves stripped the ball twice and scored two quick touchdowns.

As the 4th quarter started the Rams needed to string some plays together. The Bosco momentum had taken over in the 3rd. The Rams hoped to recover in the 4th. Sean Dack held his own and showed his ability to run the ball up the middle. When St. John Bosco tackled, they went for the ball, not just wrapping the runner, but slipping under the arm to shake the ball loose. The Braves had a winning combination of a huge front line and a speedy backfield. They also had the advantage of not having players play on both sides of the ball.

The Rams seemed to lose some steam through the 2nd half. The Fox announcers commented that the Rams are not built to come back when behind. They like to get the lead and hold that lead. It would have been nice to prove them wrong! As Steve Acton said on Friday, “It was a Tale of Two Halves”.
The Fox announcers made another interesting point – the Rams flew out of Portland on Friday morning, meeting at 5:30 AM – arriving in LA, settling in the hotel, having Mass and eating with the St. John Bosco team, having a walk-through and then playing a strong, physical team. They were bound to be tired – high energy and inflamed adrenaline wore the Rams down. But the announcers also talked very positively about the Ram team who looked strong at the start and met the Brave aggressiveness play for play. The Braves let the clock run out and took a knee with a final of 42-14.  Well played game!

Next Friday the Rams start MHC league play, meeting the Oregon City Pioneers at Hillsboro Stadium; game time 7:00 PM. 

RAMS Open with Victory over Jesuit

Central Catholic vs Jesuit is traditionally a hard fought rivalry between two well coached, highly talented teams who enjoy going head to head in any contest. This year spirits were high from both schools and the stands, were filled, almost to capacity.  The Crusaders traveled to Hillsboro Stadium to avenge the loss of last season's State Title game as well as the defeat they endured on their own field early in the 2013 season.  They had something to prove while the Rams wanted to show all that they were worthy of the title, “State Champs”.  Both squads came prepared to prove their worth.  Bragging rights were at stake!

On Friday morning the Oregonian newspaper  published an article headlining that the Crusaders should be wary of the "Scarlett" fever that could haunt them Friday evening.  But the paper didn't announce that there were other plagues the Rams could inflict upon the Jesuit team.  The Crusaders keyed on Cameron Scarlett, allowing Ronnie Rust to showcase his talent in key plays.

The first half was a struggle for both teams on offense as well as defense.  It looked very much like an opening, first in the season, game for both teams.  Watching the game was exciting, but the crowd knew that anything could happen.  As the end of the game approached the score was tied, 19-19, with mere minutes left to play.  Who would make the big play?  Who would make a mistake?  Who would find an opening? With three minutes left the Crusaders had the ball and seemingly control of the game.  When LeMar Winston shot his arm into the air to successfully deflect a pass, momentum changed and the Rams were in the driver’s seat.  With less than a minute remaining, Sean Dack threw a pass that wobbled a bit, but Xavier Hallinan reached into the air, connected  with his fingertips, bobbled the football for a second, then pulled the pass into his arms and out-sprinted two defenders for the winning score.  A happy ending for the Rams, but a well fought contest for all. 

The Rams travel to Southern California on Sept. 12 to face another power house team, St. John Bosco, a nationally rated team.  The halls of Central have been buzzing all week as the players, coaches, cheer and song teams, staff and parents ready themselves for their Southern adventure.



2013 in Numbers


The last time Central Catholic won the Oregon state football championships, Dwight D.
Eisenhower was the U.S. President, Perry Como was popular on radio, and I Love Lucy
dominated television. 60 years later, the undefeated Rams returned to the state
championship game, defeating rival Jesuit to complete a perfect 14-0 season.

In a relatively close game separated by 1 point at half time, senior Ryan Nall proved to
be the difference rushing for 196 yards and three touchdowns, and making a crucial third quarter
interception that helped the Rams secure the win 38-28 in the OSAA 6A state final at Jeld-
Wen field. Jesuit (11-3) was trying to avenge the September 20th loss to Central
Catholic in what is commonly known as “The Holy War”.

Jesuit found early success with their running game as junior running back Chase
Morrison ran through the defense for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He led the
Crusaders on another successful scoring drive in the third quarter which tied the score
28-28 after a four-yard touchdown pass from QB Eric Restic to tight end Henry
Mondeaux. Central
Catholic answered on their next possession when Cameron Scarlett
grabbed the ball and sprinted 47 yards into the end zone, bringing the score to 35-28
late in the third quarter.

Jesuit did their best to tie the score once again in the fourth quarter, but the Ramʼs
defense was one step quicker, adding pressure from every angle, and making the big
plays that ultimately made the difference. Senior defensive back Aaron Washington had
key interceptions during Jesuitʼs last two possessions, including a fantastic 67 yard
return from two yards in the end zone that secured the victory. The defense was solid
late in the game and was complimented by big plays from Connor Humphreys, Ronnie
Rust, Tyson Cooper, Derek Reed, and Matt Vanoudenhaegen.

The 2013 Central Catholic Rams successfully completed the mission for a perfect
season and OSAA Class 6A football champions. They now join the 1952 and 1953
championship teams that are forever cemented in history, adding to the legacy and
pride of the Central Catholic community.

Congratulations to the players and coaching staff for an outstanding season. After a 60
year drought of not being in the state finals, itʼs time to celebrate the success of a long
season that now bridges the gap of Central Catholic alumni past and present. Thank
you for an outstanding season of football. Weʼll be back next year!!


Go Rams!


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