The Eagles ended Central Catholic's 43-game conference win streak in football

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennial High football coach Chris Knudsen had the chance to coach against his former Linfield teammate Wendell Say during this past season. Knudsen was voted big school Coach of the Year for the third time over his 31-year career with the Eagles. If you have Chris Knudsen on the sideline, you have the very best on edge on the far side of the field.

The 1971 St. Helens High graduate just celebrated his 64th birthday, his 31st football season at Centennial High in Gresham and his third big school Coach of the Year award.

"To be honest, I was surprised," Knudsen said. "Usually it's the coach of a team in the championship or the semifinals."

The Eagles finished 8-3 overall, spent much of the season among the top 10 and knocked off Franklin to reach the second round of the playoffs. The attention-grabber came on the first Friday night in October when Centennial pulled off a 46-36 win over Central Catholic, ending the Rams' 43-game conference win streak.

"It was kind of our signature win, and it drew attention," Knudsen said. "This year was a significant feather in the cap of our seniors who have worked hard the last four years."

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, Jan. 20, print edition.

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