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Central Catholic's 83-49 win over Tigard sets up 6A final with Jesuit

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Cameron Scarlett runs for a touchdown against Tigard in the Class 6A semifinals at Jeld-Wen Field.

Central Catholic High running backs Ryan Nall and Cameron Scarlett set the Jeld-Wen Field turf on fire and left the record book no more than a pile of ashes Saturday.

In the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A semifinal against Tigard, Nall and Scarlett combined for 676 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as Central Catholic lit up the scoreboard with an astonishing 83-49 win.

“I would never have expected that it would be 83-49,” Rams coach Steve Pyne said. “What a crazy game.”

The win moved Central Catholic (13-0) into the state championship against Jesuit, which defeated Canby High 35-17 in the first semifinal of the day.

The final is 1 p.m. Saturday at Jeld-Wen.

Central Catholic’s 83 points were the most scored by a team in a semifinal in OSAA history. The combined 132 points was the highest total in a semifinal.

And it was not just that Nall and Scarlett scored. It was that they scored almost effortlessly. On most of their touchdowns, they went untouched. And most of their touchdowns were long, long runs.

Nall had 14 carries for 320 yards (22.9 yards per carry). He rushed for four touchdowns on runs of 67, 79, 96 and 29 yards. He also caught two passes for 46 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Aidan Wilder on Central Catholic’s first drive.

“The blocking was there,” Nall said. “We give much credit and much love to our offensive line. We saw a hole, and we just busted through.”

Scarlett had 15 carries for 356 yards (23.7 per carry). He rushed for five touchdowns, from 84, 80, 67, 51 an 29 yards.

“We’re out here at a track meet, basically,” Scarlett said. “We were just running through the holes that the line was opening. There were some big holes.”

Wilder added to the Rams' running attack, running for touchdowns from 2 and 1 yards. Wilder also was 6 of 11 passing for 102 yards and one touchdown.

Central Catholic’s offense was bonkers brilliant, gaining 780 total yards (678 on the ground, 102 through the air).

And that was against a Tigers defense that came into the game allowing 10.67 points per contest.

The Rams led 21-7 after the first quarter, 49-21 at halftime and 63-35 at the end of the third quarter.

While the Tigers (12-1) simply did not show up on defense, their offense did. Tigard gained 668 yards (320 on the ground and 348 in the air).

But the Tigers lost four fumbles and threw an interception, while the Rams did not have a turnover.

Now, the Rams will prepare for the Holy War in the championship game. Central Catholic and Jesuit (11-2) played earlier this year, with the Rams winning 45-31. The game was closer than the score indicated, though. And Pyne said that even with Nall and Scarlett, the Rams will be in a dogfight.

“We’ll have our work cut out for us,” Pyne said. “The first game we had against them was a great game. It was 10-10 at halftime, and we kind of exploded in the second half and then they came back on us. They’re good. We’re going to have our hands full.”

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