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Raiders bring a battle to Central Catholic

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Reynolds QB Xavier Smith pushes away from Central Catholic tackler Austin Hill. He scored on a 6-yard keeper to bring the Raiders within 28-25 early in the fourth quarter.

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HILLSBORO — Reynolds gave two-time state champ Central Catholic all it could handle in a wild battle Friday night before the Rams pulled away late for the 42-25 win.

The Raiders were within 14-11 late in the first quarter after Martin Diot knocked a 31-yard field goal through the uprights. Reynolds was on the verge of pulling ahead on its next possession only to lose a fumble at the goal line.

Still, the Raiders went into halftime down only three points.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, highlighted when Cameron Osborne got loose behind the defense and QB Xavier Smith hit him with a deep ball. Osborne dodged one tackle and beat another Ram to the goal line to finish off the 55-yard touchdown play.

Osborne came up big again by picking off a tipped pass early in the fourth quarter. That gave the Raiders a short field, which they turned into a score when Smith crashed through a pair of Rams at the goal line.

The Raiders found themselves within 28-25 with 9:41 to play, prompting the Reynolds student section to begin an 'I Believe' chant directly behind the Central bench.

The Rams responded with Brady Breeze breaking around the left side for a clinching 32-yard touchdown run.

Central Catholic (3-2) plays at Gresham (0-5) on Thursday, while Reynolds (2-3) hosts David Douglas (1-4) at Mt. Hood CC.

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Raiders lineman Jabo Nguyen brings down Rams QB Deandre Smith for a sack in the second half Friday.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 6, print edition of The Outlook.