RAMS Repeat!! Beat Tigard for 2014 Oregon State 6A Championship
On Saturday 12/6 The CCHS Rams convincingly defeated the Tigers of Tigard 49-0 to win their second consecutive 6A state football championship. The 49 point margin of victory tied the Oregon playoff record set by Jesuit in 2006 as the largest victory margin in a state championship game for 11 man football. For additional details about the overwhelming victory please click here.
2014 State Semi-finals- Rams Continue Their Run to the Finals
On the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/28) the CC Rams came out to face the Sheldon Irish from Eugene ready to prove they deserve the #1 ranking in the State. The first quarter started with Sheldon scoring first and looking strong and well disciplined. The Rams initially seemed rushed and unsettled, piling up penalties and mistakes from bad snaps, off-sides, holding etc. As a Ram fan the start of the game was frustrating, but soon the boys in Cardinal and Gold settled in and found a way to bulldoze their way into Irish territory. Senior Tyson Cooper burst through a hole in the Irish defense and ran 21 yards into the end zone for the Rams first score. Sheldon scored once again in the 1st quarter, closing quarter one with Sheldon leading 14-7, leaving fans thinking this game would be an old fashion ‘barn burner’. Sheldon has a big weapon in ‘do it all’ senior Quarterback Kellen Strahm, and he accounted for their first two scores. First on a 4 yard run and then with 37 yard touchdown pass to junior Jackson Johnson..
The 2nd and 3rd quarters proved to be dominant for the Rams. The Stark Street boys scored 51 unanswered points as junior Ronnie Rust and senior Tyson Cooper pounded, scurried, jostled and rushed their way through a tiring Sheldon line to score six unanswered touchdowns (4 by Rust and 2 by Cooper). Then, just to break up the monotony, senior quarterback Sean Dack, handed the ball to junior JJ Wells to score the final TD by the offense. The third quarter ended with the Rams leading 58-14. Central Catholic, at that point, was the dominant team and seemingly could score at will.
Late in the 3rd Quarter, Strahm attempted to pass the ball, but was intercepted by Eamon McNeil, stopping another Sheldon attempt. The Rams dominated on the ground the whole game and just had to control the ball the last quarter. As the fourth quarter began Sheldon attempted to go to the air again only to be intercepted by junior LaMar Winston who scooted down the sideline to score. Strahm finally ran into the end zone at the end of the game to give Sheldon their last points of the night.
The rain poured on both teams most of the evening, but it never seemed to dampen the Ram spirit. Both the Ram defensive and offensive lines -- Eamon McNeil, Sam Gomez, Toby Okafor, Cam Volker, Blake Blandel, TJ Salu, James Cory, Riley Gallant, and Joseph Wilson -- showed tremendous ability and savvy as they stopped the Irish, drive after drive, not allowing Sheldon to score on the ground or in the air. Then they easily opened gaping holes for the strong, speedy CC players to weave into the end zone.
The end is finally in sight for Central Catholilc as they face Tigard next Saturday, Dec. 6th, 1:00pm at Hillsboro Stadium for the state championship. Tigard lost to Central Catholic 83-49 last year in the semi-finals, but have gone undefeated this whole season so they have much to prove. The Rams won the State Championship last year and lost only one game this year to nationally ranked St. John Bosco of California. Two strong, quick teams with much to prove meet for the state title. Ranked #1 and #2 at the end of the season, it should be a real battle.
2014 State Quarterfinals- Rams on the Run
It seems as though the Ram squad is bound and determined to dominate the 6A football ranks this year. Last Friday (11/21) they faced the young, talented West Linn Lions who threatened, on paper, to challenge the Rams boys in the run to the 6A State Championship. The Ram coaches obviously prepare their teams well for each contest as this past season has made clear each week. They seem to spar initially at the outset of each contest, toying with the opponent, seeming to check out the competition before settling in for the attack. The same held true this past week.
The Rams put up the first points on an 11 yard run by Tyson Cooper followed by the extra point kick from Owen White. The Lions struck back quickly with a long 84 yards pass to Elijah Molden from their young, talented quarterback, Tim Tawa. It looked like it was to be an exciting contest at that point. But the young Quaterback met a charging Eamon McNeil as he delivered that pass and fell back, striking his head on the ground. Tawa struggled off the field, incurring a concussion and was not seen again. A short time later, Molden, who plays on both sides of the ball, was taken off the field after a he took a powerful hit on the defensive side of the ball. The Rams too shared the difficulties in the injury category. Cameron Scarlett who only recently returned from an extended hamstring injury also went down in the first quarter with what was initially diagnosed as a possible ACL injury.
Initially, both teams seemed hampered by the injury setbacks, but the deep Ram offense went into action in the 2nd quarter, giving the ball to Ronnie Rust who strong armed his way through the pack for first a 24 yard touchdown followed quickly with a 10 yard touchdown run. The Rams had a 14 point cushion as the 1st half ended.
The Ram senior-led strong defensive line protected that lead during the 3rd quarter, not giving the West Linn squad any chance to put points on the board. The offensive line again opened a gap for Rust to plow through for another touchdown n the 3rd quarter. Then, to change things up, Sean Dack, the Rams Senior Quarterback, threw a 22 yard pass to LaMar Winston for the final score of the 3rd quarter.
The Rams ended the game, as they had started, with a touchdown from the illusive Tyson Cooper who caught a 23 yard pass from Dack and scampered into the end zone. Sean White was perfect on the night, finishing each touchdown by putting the ball through the uprights for the extra points. So the Rams pass the quarter-final test defeating the Lions 42-7. This week they face another worthy opponent in the Sheldon Irish from Eugene on Friday, Nov. 28th, after Thanksgiving, again at Hillsboro Stadium, 5:00 PM.
2013 STATE CHAMPS!
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!!