The Pioneers suffer their worst home loss since 2014 at the hands of one of the state's top programs

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Dallin Thomas fumbles the football after being hit by a pair of Central Catholic defenders.

Mt. Hood Conference
6A Football

Team Score
Central Catholic (4-3, 2-0)
Sandy (3-4, 0-2)

The effort was there for Sandy, but this Pioneers team couldn't compete with the physicality and athleticism that Central Catholic brought to the table.

After Sandy had cut the lead to 21-6 in the second quarter, Central Catholic went onto score 28 unanswered points on their way to a 49-13 victory against the Pioneers on Friday night.

"Our kids played as hard as they could. We just went up against a juggernaut," Sandy head coach Joe Polamalu said. "Central Catholic has a lot of really good players and they just have different things that they can come at you with."

The Rams scored on their first possession and then quickly got the ball back after forcing the Sandy offense to go three-and-out. The Pioneers looked poised to get a defensive stop on Central Catholic's next offensive trip, but an offsides penalty on Sandy extended the Rams drive.

Three plays later, Miles Jackson scored from 21 yards out, giving Central Catholic a 13-0 lead before the first quarter was even halfway over.

Sandy, however, showed some life on their following drive as quarterback Chet Chamberlain had a trio of first down runs to lead his team down the field. The Pioneers ran the ball 14 straight times to get into the red zone.

But when Sandy faced fourth-and-4 from the 18-yard line, they tried to get fancy with a reverse toss to Dallin Thomas on the outside. The Rams defense snuffed it out for no gain, forcing the Pioneers to turn the ball over on downs.

"We wanted to run the ball and use up as much clock as we could. But it gets difficult when you get down like that," Polamalu said. "Overall, I though we played pretty clean, but against a team like that, you got to finish."

Even though Sandy would get their first defensive stop of the game in the second quarter, the Rams would take advantage of great field position on their next possession. On the first play after a Sandy punt, quarterback Cade Knighton would find Kalvin Sounders wide open downfield for a 44-yard score, extending Central Catholic's lead to 21-0.

Sandy, however, was able to respond. Facing second-and-8 from their own 22-yard line, Chamberlain sat in the pocket long enough to find Glynne McGaughey streaking up the sideline. McGaughey, who got free on a double-move, outran the entire Central Catholic secondary on his way to a 78-yard score.

Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 17 print edition.

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