Photo Credit: Ken Waz (Oregon Live)
Another meeting of rivals is upon us, Central and Jesuit are playing each other this Friday, 7pm at Cronin field for another edition of this heated rivalry. We are currently 2-2 and 0-0 in conference play while Jesuit is 3-1 and 3-0 in conference play. We dropped our first game of the season to West Linn in a overtime heartbreaker that ended 47-41, then we traveled up to Seattle to face the Washington 3A title favorites, Eastside Catholic. It was a rough game with some questionable calls that put us behind in the 1st quarter, after that quarter we were never able to get a lead going and fell 49-26. We have bounced back since the 0-2 start, beating Sprague 45-22 and Sherwood 44-24. Riding 2 straight wins, confidence should be high heading into this game.
Jesuit has had an equally good start to the season, they are 3-0 in play against metro conference rivals and have shown power on defense only giving up 27 points through those three games. They started the season against Mountainside and easily won 56-7, then they traveled to face Lake Oswego in what was one of the most anticipated games of the whole season, they fell just short, losing 20-14. That didn’t seem to slow them down as they faced off with Westview, winning 46-13. Last Friday night the Crusaders kept the winning going, taking down Aloha 56-7.
According to the latest poll by the OSAA we find ourselves ranked #22 and the Crusaders, #18. While the Oregon live media poll has us ranked 7th in the state, compared to Jesuits #6 ranking. All signs point to this being a tight matchup with both offenses improving each week. Our offense led by Cade Knighton, who threw for 2 touchdowns week 1, will need to be on their best as the Jesuit defense has been quite effective so far this year. On the other hand the Crusaders have weapons we will look to stop as well. Jesuit’s junior running back Andy Alfieri was injured 2 weeks ago against Westview but should be healthy for this Friday, the rams will look to stop him if he plays. The Crusaders will have a test on their hands as Elijah Elliott and Miles Jackson lead a powerful run game. Jackson and Elliott both found their way into the endzone in week 1 and Elliott had 3 rushing touchdowns week 2, the rams have showed their running game to be successful this year. Both teams have proved that this matchup is an exciting one with close games like last year’s 28-24 win and 2016’s 21-9 playoff win for us, so we should be in for an exhilarating competition.