Central Catholic, Tigard head for final
HILLSBORO - The Central Catholic football machine plowed through another contender for its state title Friday, earning the Rams a second-straight appearance in the Class 6A championship game.
In the final, they'll play Tigard, which will be a significant underdog when the teams meet, Dec. 6, at Hillsboro Stadium.
Top-ranked Central Catholic dominated No. 4 Sheldon 65-21, while the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 11 West Salem 17-14, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 1:34 left in the game.
The final will be a rematch of a semifinal game from last season the Rams won 83-49. Tigard beat Central Catholic 43-37 in the 2012 quarterfinals, a week before the Tigers lost to eventual champion Lake Oswego.
Sheldon led 14-7 at the end of the first quater when the game turned dramatically in favor of Central Catholic. The Rams outscored Sheldon 51-0 in the next two quarters, with none of its seven touchdown drives lasting more than 2:31. Junior Ronnie Rust ran for four touchdown in the stretch, while senior Tyson Cooper scored twice and finished with three touchdowns in the game.
Central Catholic finished with 449 yards rushing - 236 by Rust.
Tigard reached the final by driving 63 yards in five plays and just 43 seconds for the decisive score on an 8-yard pass from JT Greenough to Brady McGetrick.
The Tigers ran for 234 yards, getting 132 from Landon Floyd, and 110 from Sam Inos.
West Salem overcame a 10-0 deficit and went ahead on a thrilling 62-yard run by Keegan Hlad, who started the score with a fumble recovery.
The Titans had a golden opportunity to add to their 14-10 lead when they recovered a fumble on the ensuing Tigard possession at the Tigers' 33 yard line, but were unable to move forwards and gave the ball over on downs. Tigard then drove for the go-ahead score.