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Central Catholic again the favorite in 6A Oregon football? Attitude, work ethic will tell the story for deep, talented Rams

Here’s our look at the Central Catholic Rams of the Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference.
Central Catholic.Taylor Balkom

By Mike Wilson

SBLive Oregon will break down every 6A, 5A and 4A team in the state leading up to the 2021 fall football season. Here’s our look at the Central Catholic Rams of the Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference.

Photo by Taylor Balkom

CENTRAL CATHOLIC TEAM PAGE

HEAD COACH 

Steve Pyne, 19th season (156-52)

PAST 3 SEASONS

2021 (spring): 5-1 overall, 3-0 in Mt. Hood

2019: 11-2 overall, 4-0 in Mt. Hood (won 6A title)

2018: 7-5 overall, 3-1 in Mt. Hood (lost in quarterfinals)

KEY PLAYERS DEPARTED 

WR/DB Myles Broadous

TE/LB Jack Brown

TE/DE Jalen Ridgeway

TE/LB Jack Bennison

PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Senior WR/DB Jordan King

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound King brings size, a physical element and dependable hands to the Rams’ passing game. In the six-game spring season, he had 28 receptions for 452 yards and seven touchdowns — the team leader (by far) in all three categories. Pyne characterized King, a fourth-year varsity player, as a great route runner with a selfless, team-first approach. “Barring something crazy, he should be a first-team all-state type of a player,” Pyne said. “He’s physical, a good point-of-attack blocker. He can go up and get balls. He has really, really steady hands. He’s pretty special.”

Senior RB/WR/DB Zach Grisham

Grisham is a third-year varsity player with the versatility to do a lot of things and the talent to do them all well. In the spring season, he tied for second on the team in receiving and had the third-most carries. He had the second-most tackles on the team and had two interceptions. “He’s really athletic, a tough, all-in type of a kid,” Pyne said. “He’d play anywhere we asked him to play.” Grisham also figures to contribute on special teams as a kick returner.

Senior LB/TE Emar’rion Winston

Winston has made a nonbinding oral commitment to Oregon. The 6-4, 240-pounder is expected to be a force at outside linebacker, and he’s also ticketed to play some tight end. “He’s a really intelligent football player, a good leader,” Pyne said. “He’s very productive on defense in terms of executing his assignments, being physical at the point of attack, being able to make plays in the backfield with his pass rush and cover in space when needed.”

Senior WR/DB Stryder Todd-Fields

Pyne said Todd-Fields will be the team’s lockdown cornerback, but that shouldn’t diminish the offensive contributions he made in the spring. He caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 14-7 win at Clackamas, a week after hauling in a scoring pass in a 21-7 win over Barlow. Pyne called him an instinctual player who has a chance to play at the next level. Until then, “We’ll put him on whoever we’re playing’s best receiver, just put him on an island,” Pyne said, “and let him do his thing.”

Senior RB/DB Ellis Bynum

In the last three games of the spring season, Bynum totaled 30 carries for 320 yards, including 199 yards and two touchdowns on 10 rushes in the Rams’ finale at Sunset. Pyne referred to his strong finish and said, “I think he’ll be our No. 1 back if he continues to trend that way.” Pyne characterized Bynum as having explosiveness and good balance and being a hard, tough runner. “I really like what he brings to the table and how much he’s improved over the last couple of years,” Pyne said.

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