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.
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.
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!
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!!
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