Central Catholic, West Linn heading to state championship game

No. 7 Central Catholic wins 35-34 semifinal OT thriller over No. 14 Tigard

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Central Catholic Rams (10-3) and West Linn Lions (13-0) on Friday clinched berths in the OSAA 6A state championship game.

The No. 7 Rams started the doubleheader with a thrilling 35-34 win over No. 14 Tigard in double overtime. Tigard used its power run game and possessed the ball for 34 of the 48 regular time minutes. However, Central Catholic was able to keep up with some big plays as teams traded scores and the game was tied at 21 at the end of regulation.

Highlights: Central Catholic defeats Tigard 35-34

The Rams caught a break when Tigard kicker Garrick Gargurevich missed an extra point in the second overtime. Central Catholic responded with a touchdown and made their extra point to move on to the state championship game.

Amari Hale led the Rams with 19 carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Jashua Allen led Tigard with 34 rushes for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Central Catholic heads back to the state championship for the first time since 2014, when they defeated Tigard 49-0.

Watch: Central Catholic reacts to win

In the second game, No. 4 Clackamas gave No. 1 West Linn perhaps it’s toughest challenge of the season. The Cavaliers opened the second half with a score to lead 14-13. However, behind quarterback Tim Tawa, the Lions scored the next 21 points and put away the Cavaliers 41-20.

Tawa completed 16 of 20 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. West Linn running back, and University of Washington commit, Elijah Molden ran for two touchdowns.

Highlights: West Linn tops Clackamas 41-20

Jacob McGreevy led Clackamas with 180 rushing yards on 33 attempts.

The Lions advance to their second consecutive state championship game. West Linn loss to Jesuit 21-14 last season.

Kickoff for the state title game is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Providence Park in Portland.

Photos: 6A state semifinals


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