Goal Line Stands Stymie North Offense
There are a lot of supposed truism is football, the things that when they happen usually translate to wins. Like when you have a running back rush for over 100 yards, including a 59 yard rushing touchdown, as Mason Rivers did, AND you nearly get a second 100 yard rushing game, as the North did Saturday night in the 68th Les Schwab Bowl, you usually win the game. Especially if you hold your opponent to 15 net yards rushing from the running back position, which is all the South was able to muster.
But then there is the old one about defense winning football games. That one isn’t supposed to be the story in all-star games, and in a game where the offenses combined for 9 touchdowns. But it was the story, and the reason the South took the 42-21 win.
You don’t see 2 goal line stands in any game very often, much less an all-star game, where the teams, compromised of supposedly primarily offensive stars, had only a week to work together.
But when you do, you usually see that translate into a win, especially when one of the stands is followed up with a 92 yard touchdown march.
Rams Romp To Back To Back Titles
Hillsboro – Central Catholic cruised to their second consecutive state championship for the second time (the Rams did it in 1952 & ’53 as well), and in as dominant a fashion as any of the power house programs ever have, blowing Tigard off the field 49-0 Saturday in the OSAA 6A State Championship game at Hillsboro Stadium (which is the Ram’s home field, despite being an east side school, and a member of the Mt. Hood Conference).
No one from the state of Oregon has come within a single digit margin in 2 years against the Rams except Jesuit, who lost by only a single score in the season opener, but also lost last year’s title tilt 38-28 to Central Catholic.
The only blemish on the Rams 2 year record is a 42-14 road loss last September, in California against nationally ranked St. John Bosco out of Bellflower.
On a balmy (for December in Oregon) afternoon, with temperatures in the 50’s Tigard never came close, getting totally trampled in the process of Central Catholic’s romp.
Even without Cameron Scarlett, their best player, who was lost for the season in Central Catholic’s 42-7 quarterfinal win over Sheldon, the Rams were overwhelming on both sides of the ball.
Central Catholic’s zone read offense rolled up over 600 yards, and over 380 on the ground, before giving back 7 on 3 final kneel downs, settling for 596 net total yards for the day.
Rams quarterback Sean Dack personally accounted for over 280 of them, rushing for 133 yards, and a touchdown, and completing 9 out of 12 passes, for another 154 yards, and 2 more scores, and with only 1 sack.
“Tigard is a great team, and a great program,” Dack said, “so to do this, we never expected. It’s a blessing, and a blessing to get back to another championship, after last year.”
But their defense was equally stout, allowing Tigard only 175 yards, as well as mounting a goal line stand before the outcome became completely obvious.
On their way to their 7 scores, Central Catholic rolled up 29 first downs, and the Ram defense only surrendered 7, 2 on relaxed coverages.
The Rams wound up rushing the ball 58 times, against only 16 passes.
“We really wanted to run the ball, and only make (pass) plays when we had to, because of or great O-line (which averages over 6’3″ and 277 lbs.),” Dack said in explaining the Central Catholic game plan.”
Joey Krupsky Connects For 2 TDs
Turner – Scappoose passed by Cascade literally to earn a 20-7 win Friday night in the OSAA 4A Quarterfinals, on several big pass plays by Joey Krupsky.
After the teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter, and stops in the second, it was a pair of 3rd quarter touchdowns that provided the difference in the cold, foggy rematch of the teams season opener that looked very little like that September contest, which ended in a 54-30 win for the Indians, and felt even less like it.
Scappoose scored first, on a huge 4th down gamble. Facing 4th and 8 on the Cascade 40 ‘Poose coach Sean McNabb eschewed playing for field position, and dialed up a go route down the right sideline for David Krupsky. No one could have known the poor field conditions would cause Cascade’s Hunter Thomas to slip, but when he did, it was an easy pitch and catch for the Krupskys twins to take a 7-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the game.
After an exchange of fumbles, Scappoose would again find itself barely in Cascade, at the Cougar 46, and faced with 4th and long. Emboldened by the earlier slippery field assisted score, ‘Poose went for it again, and J. Krupsky got sacked, turning the ball over near midfield.
Operating with a short field, Cascade rammed the ball down Scappoose’s throat, with 6 consecutive runs by Garrett Coffey, the longest one for 22 yards, and the last one for the 2 yard touchdown that tied the score at 7 apiece.
Bjorklund 38 Yard FG As Time Expires Gets 10-7 Win
Turner – Cascade’s Lucas Bjorklund calmly connected on the game winning 38 yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Cougars past Banks, and into the OSAA 4A Quarterfinals Friday night.
“I felt like I could make it as we set up,” Bjorklund said. “We had (enough) time. I just knew I had to not let it get to my head. We drill on this every day.”
The game winning kick came after Cascade moved into position without the benefit of any time outs, which also meant the 4th down kick had to be set up with the clock running out.
But it was the defenses that were the story of the game, with Cascade’s coming up with the biggest stop, after what could have been a less stressful scoring opportunity slipped away on a fumble at the Banks 8 yard line.
“We hung in there, and stayed the course,” Cascade coach Steve Turner added. “I’m really proud of how they never lost focus. It took most of the game to find some things, and then it came down to executing with time running out.”
Here is the projected 2014 Football Tournament bracket for class 5A based on current standings and my calculations through tonight’s scores that are posted on this site. I will continue to update these throughout the night as results come in.
Here is the projected 2014 Football Tournament bracket for class 3A based on current standings and my calculations through tonight’s scores that are posted on this site. I will continue to update these throughout the night as results come in.
Here is the projected 2014 Football Tournament bracket for class 2A based on current standings and my calculations through tonight’s scores that are posted on this site. I will continue to update these throughout the night as results come in.