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.
Rams Playoff UpdateWest Albany entered the 6A level of Oregon football ranks as the 2013 5A Champions with high hopes, and they competed successfully at the higher level, starting the playoffs ranked #16 in the State. On Friday night, Nov, 14th they traveled north to meet the #1 ranked CC Rams at Hillsboro Stadium. On the game's initial kickoff Cameron Scarlett scampered downfield for the first score. The game clock read 11:47! When the the Titans of West Albany had the ball on offense for the first time they had 4 quick downs and punted the ball back to the Rams. Almost immediately Scarlett flew down the field 48 yards for his second score. In less than 2 minutes, the Rams had a 14-0 lead, stunning the Titans. For the game, Scarlett would score five times racking up 275 yards rushing; looks like Cameron is again healthy and ready to run.
Still in the 1st quarter a bad snap forced Emmett Dooney to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone, putting 2 points on the board for West Albany. Early in the 2nd quarter after three attempts to score, Owen White kicked a 32 yd field goal to keep the Rams rolling. Within minutes, the Titans fumbled the ball which was scooped up by Tyson Cooper and run back for yet another touchdown. Barely five minutes elapsed before Sean Dack faked and scurried 15 yards into the end zone for a CC score. Scarlett scored his 3rd and 4th touchdowns before the first half ended. The Titans continued to fight the good fight. With .03 seconds left on the clock they scrambled 5 yards to score their first touchdown, and connected for the two point conversion going into the half down 45-10.
The 3rd quarter brought more of the same from the Ram crew. Running and throwing, the Rams did it all. Sean Dack tossed a long 50 yard pass to LeMar Winston who hugged the sideline, attempting to stay in bounds, but stumbled out of bounds with some help from a pursuing Titan. On the next play Dack tossed a 20 yard pass to Scarlett for his 5th touchdown. Halfway through the 4th quarter JJ Wells grabbed the pigskin and scampered 18 yards for yet another Ram score. With only 2 minutes left on the clock the West Albany Titans threw a 42 yard pass to score the final touchdown of the night.
Again the Ram defense put on an impressive show for the cold, bundled fans. They pressured the Titan junior quarterback not allowing a pass completion until late in the fourth quarter. Week after week, the defensive line has held firm, stopping the opponents from penetrating and scoring. This week all will be tested as the Central Catholic Rams meet the West Linn Lions at Hillsboro Stadium, Friday, Nov. 21st, 7:00 PM.
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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