PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — In 2013, Ronnie Rust helped Central Catholic to their first state championship in 60 years. This year he helped lead them to their second straight title.
Rust, a junior known for his defense, turned into a tailback when runner Cameron Scarlett went down with a knee injury in the playoffs. Over three games, Rust scored 10 touchdowns.
He was quick to give credit to his teammates, and Coach Steve Pyne said, “I’m proud of him, proud of our offensive line.”
“I can’t say enough about that line,” Rust said. “That line led us to a state championship.”
In the title game last Saturday against Tigard, Rust scored twice for Central Catholic, with Sean Dack, JJ Wells and Tyson Cooper each finding the endzone once. Dack also threw two TDs, one to Rust and one to LaMar Winston.
The final was 49-0.
“It’s been a long time, 60 years since we won one, did it last year,” Rust said. “Then to win two in a row, not in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen.”
He comes from a family of football players and said he’s not the first 1000-yard rusher in the family.
“My dad’s done it. My uncle’s done it, my Uncle Tim. I think my grandpa’s done it when he was in high school,” he said.
But Ronnie Rust is the first to bring home two straight Division 6A state football titles.
He is the KOIN 6 Athlete of the Week for December 11, 2014.