The Central Catholic Rams are hitting the road this week with their first away game when they take on the Crusaders.
No, it’s not the Holy War, it is part of the Seattle Memorial Classic against EastSide Catholic. Lions seemed to have had victory over the Rams and the Crusaders as both teams lost their season openers. The Rams are going into the game ranked sixth in the state of Oregon while the Crusaders are ranked second in the state of Washington.
In Central Catholic’s season opener, it felt like it was November for how both teams played. The Rams played the West Linn Lions and kept competing until the very end. From being down 19 late in the second quarter, to eventually taking the lead in the in the fourth quarter. The game went into overtime where the Rams failed to convert on a fourth down attempt and the Lions running the ball 25 yards to win the game. The Rams played their hardest but were unable to pull through with the win.
On September 1, the Eastside Catholic Crusaders played the Oaks Christian Lions in the honor bowl in San Diego, California. The Crusaders fought hard, but the Lions fought back harder as the Crusaders fell 35-12. It was a rough game for the Crusaders from being down 18 at the half and unable to gain momentum for the rest of the game.
Many of the Ram fans are wondering why the team is making the drive up to Seattle to play the Crusaders. The Rams Coach Steve Pyne said, “We want to play a strong schedule. They are a team that are traditionally pretty good up in the Seattle area. Won a couple state championships, and I thought we could see how we match up.”
When asked about the playing on a Saturday and having an extra day off, Coach Pyne Said, “ It gives you a little more recovery time from the week before, a little more planning time. On the backside you have a short week next week. So there’s give or take.” Offensive Coordinator Grant Hampton finds that having the extra day to prepare less stressful and likes having two days to watch game film.
If fans are still not sure if it is worth making the drive up to Seattle, then they should know that the fans play a huge role for the team. When asked, Coach Hampton expressed that fans have a huge impact on the opponent’s offense.
From a players perspective, senior Greg Curtis thinks the fans are the best part of every game: “ How awesome it is to see hundreds of fans watching you play.”
Fattal, Tarek. “Oaks Christian football dominates Eastside Catholic (WA) in Honor Bowl.” Los Angeles Daily News, 1 Sept. 2018, http://www.dailynews.com/2018/09/01/oaks-christian-football-dominates-eastside-catholic-wa-in-honor-bowl/.
Ferran, Rene. “Dawson Jolley runs for winning score in OT as West Linn outlasts Central Catholic 47-41 in wild season opener.” Oregon Live, 2 Sept. 2018, highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/news/article/-7249075294828533247/dawson-jolley-runs-for-winning-score-in-ot-as-west-linn-outlasts-central-catholic-47-41-in-wild-season-opener/.
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