PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Before the season, Clackamas head coach Joe Bushman let his team decide who would be their four captains. They put it to a vote, and the results swayed to one side. Not one defensive player was named a captain.
It turns out the Cavaliers couldn’t bestow captain duties upon just one player. But the collective defensive unit has been more than enough to lead Clackamas, and it was on full display Friday night.
No. 9 Clackamas shut down the Central Catholic offense while the Cavaliers’ offense scored early and often, leading to a stunning 40-0 win. The win marks Clackamas’ third shutout in a row. The Cavaliers have now outscored their opponents 140-0 in the last three weeks.
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West Linn 21, Tualatin 9
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Clackamas running back Nick Vaughn got the job done on the ground, rushing for 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Mitchell Modjeski and wide receiver Cole Turner — a 3-star recruit who is committed to play for Nevada next year — linked up for multiple highlight-reel grabs, including a diving touchdown in the first quarter.
“We’ve just really played well at the start of games and jumped on people,” Bushman said. “You get ahead and it snowballs.”
The snowball effect took one drive to start. Modjeski started the game with a touchdown pass to Turner. Then, a 3-and-out against the Central Catholic offense gave the ball right back to the Cavaliers’ offense. Once again, Clackamas took no time finding the end zone, ending the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.
Bushman admitted, knowing how good Central Catholic is, that he thought it was just a matter of time before the Rams clawed back into Friday’s game. Trailing 21-0 in the beginning of the second quarter, Central Catholic had the chance to do exactly that. The Rams had first-and-goal from the 2-yard line and looked primed to find the end zone. But the Clackamas defense wouldn’t yield. The Cavaliers held off four attempts from the Central Catholic offense, ending with a pass break up from safety Kyle Kirsch.
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“That was a huge stand,” Bushman. “If they score than it’s 21-7 and they’re back in the game.”
The defense didn’t waver for the rest of the night. Central Catholic failed to make it past midfield in the second half.
Clackamas two-way star Braelan Bettles was quick to answer when asked if his team, heading into this Friday, wasn’t given enough credit for their undefeated start. They were ranked as the ninth-best 6A team in the state, 5 spots lower than No. 4 Central Catholic.
“Completely,” he said. “100 percent.”
After Friday’s stunning victory over Central Catholic, that shouldn’t be the case any longer.
“I think it’ll wake some people up,” Bettles said.
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