Central Catholic flexes muscle in win over Barlow
Mount Hood Conference
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HILLSBORO — Central Catholic's football team put itself into the Mount Hood Conference title game with a resounding 53-14 home win over Barlow on Friday night.
The Rams scored on their first three possessions to go up 20-0, highlighted with Kimo Hiu pulling down an interception and dashing down the sideline before being knocked out of bounds inside the 5-yard line. The next play saw Rams' running back Elijah Elliott zip around the left side and put on a spin move at the goal line for a quick score.
Central looked to keep it rolling with a touchdown on fourth-and-11, but the score was wiped out by a holding penalty, and the Rams sent out the punting unit for the first time. Central's A.J. Mart downed the kick inside the 5-yard line.
This is where Barlow pulled off its most impressive stretch of the night.
Barlow running back Nick Collins took back-to-back carries through the middle — breaking free for a 30-yard gain on the second one.
With the running game grabbing the Rams' attention, Barlow QB Jaren Hunter took the next snap and faked a handoff, while tight end Jackson Kane broke open down the center of the field. Hunter looped the ball through the air, and Kane was off to the races before being dragged down from behind 57 yards downfield.
The next play saw Hunter swing a quick pass to the right side to Drake Payne for a 6-yard touchdown that had Barlow back into the ballgame.
But like that old-time game show 'Name that Tune' — Barlow had scored in four plays, but Central showed it could do it in two.
After a short run into the middle, Central answered the Bruins' touchdown when QB Cade Knighton tossed a pass over the left side for stand-out senior Silas Starr, who made the grab for the first down, spun away from his defender and was gone 63 yards to the end zone.
Buried deep in its own territory after the ensuing kickoff, Barlow suffered more trouble when a high snap rolled into the end zone. Hunter covered the ball, but Central picked up two points on the safety.
There was more to come.
The Bruins' free kick ended up in the hands of Central's Miles Jackson, who dodged a tackle in the middle of the field and turned it up the sideline 60 yards for a touchdown and a 36-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
The No. 4-ranked Rams (6-2) play at Clackamas in the Mount Hood Conference title game at 7 p.m. Friday, while Barlow takes on Reynolds at Mt. Hood Community College to determine the league's last guaranteed spot into the state playoffs.
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