Quick start lands Central Catholic the league title
The Rams score on their first five possessions to make quick work of Centennial 70-20
HILLSBORO Central Catholic struck quickly Friday night to roll past Centennial 70-20 and claim the Mount Hood Conference football crown. Next stop, the 6A bracket in two weeks.
It appeared Centennial might hang tough for awhile after forcing the No. 3-ranked Rams into a 4th-and-3 from the 36-yard line on their opening drive. The Eagles defense never got the chance to make a stand, as several players jumped over the line, and Central moved the chains on an offsides call.
The next play saw receiver Holden Oglesbee left along 10 yards behind the defense. Central QB Aidan Wilder found him for a 31-yard scoring strike.
On their next possession, a holding penalty had the Rams in trouble facing a 3rd-and-19 deep in Centennials end. Wilder dropped back and found Cameron Scarlett open along the visitors sideline. Scarlett made the catch and took off across the field running along the 10-yard line before curving toward the end zone and the far side and stepping just inside the pylon for a touchdown.
Wilder did the damage himself on the teams next drive, weaving 24 yards through the middle to make it 21-0 before the first quarter was finished.
Centennial showed signs of life with a series of first-down runs that ended with A.J. Wienke going 12 yards around the left side to get the Eagles on the scoreboard.
The Eagles defense responded with Chase Tetz dropping a Central receiver for a 2-yard loss on a screen pass that had been effective early in the game.
Any thoughts of a comeback vanished in a hurry.
With the short pass taken away, Wilder went deep on the next snap and hit Oglesbee in stride for a 72-yard TD. A couple minutes later, it was Ryan Nall breaking loose for a 40-yard scoring run.
The Rams had run 17 plays and put up 35 points. Three of those drives took a minute or less.
Oglesbee, Cameron Scarlett and Ryan Nall each scored twice for the Rams.
Central Catholic (9-0) and Tigard (9-0) remain the only unbeaten teams in the 6A ranks, heading into the state playoffs in two weeks.
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