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Centennial strikes quickly in overtime

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennial running back Jesse Porter gets loose around the edge for a big gain.

Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Barlow OT

Centennial's football team dominated the overtime session to escape with a 46-40 win over Barlow on a Thursday night that ended with a four-way tie atop the Mount Hood Conference standings.

The Bruins got the first possession of overtime, taking the ball at the 25-yard line and relying on a pair of runs to move the ball forward while keeping it centered in the middle of the field. An overthrow on 3rd-and-4 brought out the kicker, but the ball barely caught off the ground and thudded into a crowd of bodies at the line of scrimmage.

Centennial took over needing any form of points to claim the win.

Jesse Porter took the handoff and delivered in a matter of seconds, starting through a wide hole in the middle opened up by linemen Henry Button and Adam Bounphisay before dodging a tackle at the first-down marker and cutting around the left side to complete the winning 25-yard TD run.

The Eagles joined a four-way tie for first place when Central Catholic knocked off Oregon City 35-14 on the same night.

“It's like we won two games in one night,” Centennial coach Chris Knudsen said.

Centennial (6-1) hosts Reynolds on Friday, while Barlow (0-7) plays at Gresham.

Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, Oct. 18, print edition.

View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.