After spending a year at Jefferson, sophomore Elijah Elliot decided he needed a new start.His decision to come to Central was influenced by academics and family, “It’s just a better school” explained Elliott, “And my brother Deante Strickland went here”. Strickland, who was a part of the 2014 Rams state title football team, now plays basketball at Portland State, is a huge source of inspiration to Elliott. He started playing football in first grade, and was anxious to get the season started with his new team. But after missing the first game because of a bruised hip, he would have to wait until the Holy War.
Elliot made his season debut in the much anticipated rivalry game against Jesuit. After a back and forth game, the Crusaders took the lead 24-21 with four fifty two remaining, the Rams and Elliot got the ball back and started driving down field. Scoring on a electrifying 17 yard run, Elliott sealed a 28-24 win for the Rams, “I hit the hole and I was gone”. He humbly credits the play to the experienced offensive line, “My line was blocking great all game”. Elliott has an unique running style: he’s strong enough to move the pile but elusive enough to avoid defenders, his versatility also allows him to play defense. Humorously, Elliott didn’t know the tradition of singing the fight song after victories, “I never did it before, but it was a great feeling”. Elliott’s heroic game winning touchdown prevented the Rams from dropping to 0-2 for two consecutive years.
Elliott is also making an impact off the field, an active member of African American Student Union, and is planning to play basketball and run track. His personal goals are being a 4.0 student and scoring 22 touchdowns. But most importantly he wants to help the football program, “I just wanna be the best for my team”. With this talented group of underclassmen led by Elliott, along with the experienced upperclassmen, the Rams will be singing the fight song many more times this season.
Feature Image: Ken Waz