Friday night Oregon City demolished Centennial on the Pioneers own Senior Night. Oregon City won by a landslide 54-16.
Pioneers head coach Randy Nyquist said, "We played some good teams early, I think what has happened is it takes time," Nyquist said. "It takes time for things to gel-new coach, new staff. We have gotten better each and every week."
From opening kickoff it looked like Centennial had something to prove in order to make a late playoff run.
The Pioneers offense wasted no time at all. On the first offensive play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton threw a quick slant to senior wideout Hunter Knighton. Knighton had three Eagles around him. In an blink of an eye Knighton had pitched the ball back to junior wideout Trevon Bradford who took the lateral 66 yards for a score.
Hamilton said, "It was a good way to go out. Hopefully we will land another home game once playoffs comes around."
Oregon City's defense stood their ground early on. Centennial drove down the field with a touchdown in mind, but had to settle for a field goal attempt. The Pioneers blocked the field goal attempt which triggered a dog fight to find the football. Bradford found it and took it 82 yards for his second touchdown of the game in less than a three minute span.
The Eagles would not back down. Centennial's next drive resulted in a 31 yard touchdown run by senior tailback Justin Lee.
Just before the first quarter ended, the Pioneers found the beloved endzone one more time. Junior tailback Connor Mitchell found some daylight from four yards out for the score.
Both teams swapped field goals during the second quarter and Oregon City forced a Centennial safety.
At halftime Oregon City held a 26-16 lead.
The third quarter belonged to senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton. Hamilton threw a pair of touchdowns in the quarter. The first was a 52 yard bomb to Bradford. Not long after that Hamilton identified a mismatch and took advantage of it. Hamilton found junior wideout Sam Maughan from nine yards out.
Hamilton would go on to throw one more touchdown pass, and Oregon City rushed for another touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers dominated Senior night 54-16.
Mt. Hood Roundup Week 8.
David Douglas faced a test on the road trying desperately to keep their playoff hopes alive at Gresham. Gresham rolled over David Douglas. 33-7.
Reynolds hosted Barlow: this game was a shootout until the clock struck 0:00. Reynolds ended up hanging on at home by a final of 36-35.
Central Catholic destroyed Clackamas in a highly anticipated matchup. Central plowed through Clack 33-7.
The one game out of these that could have a positive impact for Oregon City would be the Central Catholic game vs. Clackamas. With Central Catholic destroying Clackamas that puts Oregon City second now in the Mt.Hood conference.
Oregon City did end up dropping one spot in OSAA rankings.
Next week Oregon City will be on the road at Barlow on Halloween night.
The game will be held at Mt.Hood Community College.