Fake punt helps Central Catholic pull away from Barlow
Mount Hood Conference
HILLSBORO — Barlow's football team put up plenty of resistance, but couldn't get the big breaks it needed during a 41-21 loss to Central Catholic to start the Mount Hood Conference season Friday night.
Each team scored on their opening drive, the Bruins tying it up at 7-7 when QB Austin Davis plunged through the middle from 2 yards out. Davis hit Jobi Malary in stride for a 56-yard gain over the middle to set up the score.
The Bruins saw a potential interception bounce off two players, and Central QB Cade Knighton would go on to hit Korbin Williams for a 29-yard touchdown strike.
On the Rams next possession, Barlow recovered a fumble at midfield, but the head official ruled that the runner was already down. Central retained possession and found the end zone when QB Joe Henderson swung a screen pass into the flat and running back Miles Jackson found a clear path 11 yards to the end zone for a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bruins defense forced Central to send out its punt team on its next two drives.
Little did they know, the game's toughest blow would come as a result.
Barlow's sideline was riled up after stopping Central a yard short on 3rd-and-long. The Rams sent their kicker onto the field, but he would not touch the ball. Instead, linebacker Rickey White hauled in a 20-yard pass to move the drive past midfield.
On the next play, Knighton looped a 39-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Silas Starr.
The Rams took a 20-point lead into halftime and would put away any doubt coming out of the break.
Barlow took the opening drive of the second half down to the Rams' 20-yard line before stalling out when a shot to the end zone fell incomplete on 4th-and-long.
Central took possession and travelled 75 yards in six plays, ending with Knighton tossing a pass to the right side where Starr reached above his head and pulled it down with three Bruins in the vicinity.
Central Catholic (2-1) plays at Clackamas next Friday in a matchup that could decide the league title, while Barlow (1-2) travels to Reynolds.
View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
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