Central Catholic finally prevails
PORTLAND - Behind a stellar performance from senior Ryan Nall, Central Catholic wiped out 60 years of frustration and won the Class 6A football state title Saturday, 38-28, over metro rival Jesuit at Jeld-Wen Field.
Nall ran for 197 yards and three touchdowns and had an interception on defense to spark the Crusaders, who last won a title in 1953. Nall's performance matched that of Jesuit junior Chase Morrison, who ran for 217 yards and three scores.
The Rams held the Crusaders, who they beat 45-31 in the fourth week of the season, to just one score in the second half.
Central Catholic finished its season at 14-0, while Jesuit was 11-3.
"This is a great win for our school," said Nall, who is headed for Oregon State University. "We have such a long tradition, and people have been waiting a long time for us to win again. I'm glad we could make it happen this year."
Nall racked up his total on just 11 carries, which included scoring runs of 24, 49 and 90 yards. His 24-yarder gave the Rams a 28-21 lead in the third quarter, but Jesuit responded with a 10-play, 58-yard scoring drive that closed with an 8-yard pass fron Eric Restic for Henry Mondeaux to tie the score.
The Rams then moved ahead with a one-play drive, a 47-yard run by Cameron Scarlett for a 35-28 lead. After Nall's interception, Central Catholic drove to the Jesuit 1 before settling for an 18-yard field goal by Emnmett Dooney.