One year after falling seven points shy of their ultimate goal, the West Linn Lions played with targets on their backs as the top-ranked team in the state all season
In the end, though, the Lions capped off perfection in historic fashion, beating the Central Catholic Rams 62-7 to earn the school its first-ever class 6A title.
It was all good for the Lions on the second play of the day when Elijah Molden, a future Washington Husky, ran for a 70-yard touchdown, the first of three for him for the day.
Two possessions, two Molden TDs, 70 & 3 yards. 14-0 West Linn, 1st Qtr 4:27 pic.twitter.com/4yJCIMnQ1h— Nick Krupke (@NickKrupke) December 3, 2016
The Lions’ quarterback is the best in the state, too. Tim Tawa will leave West Linn football as the all-time leader in passing yards and TDs in state history, racking up two scores on the ground Saturday along with another two through the air.
Tim Tawa with his second QB keep TD on the day, 28-0 West Linn, :05 left in 1st half. pic.twitter.com/Uf64oI2A3K— Nick Krupke (@NickKrupke) December 3, 2016
Despite being down 28-0 at halftime, the Rams thought they found some life off the catch of the day by Trey Davis, who grabbed a 38-yard connection from Cade Knighton.
Unfortunately for Central Catholic fans, that would be it for offense from CCHS as Molden took it right back, scoring his third TD on a 26-yard run and finishing the day with 186 yards on ten carries.
3 TD so far for future UDub Husky Elijah Molden, 35-7 Lions, 7:49 3rd Q pic.twitter.com/YlqwT8Wj9K— Nick Krupke (@NickKrupke) December 3, 2016
Tawa wrapped up his career by throwing 16 of 24 for 248 yards, including a strike to Jake Meisen for a 41-yard score and a 34-yard pass to junior Qawi Ntsasa for another touchdown.
A 21-yard run to the end zone by Dawson Jolley in the fourth quarter forced the running clock, a rarity in title games, but did not stop him from adding another touchdown run, this time from 23 yards out, with just over 6 minutes remaining in the game.
Dawson Jolley forces the running clock, 56-7 West Linn pic.twitter.com/xmmJZ0RZWU— Nick Krupke (@NickKrupke) December 3, 2016
With the most points ever scored in a championship game in any OSAA classification, West Linn's 35 seniors celebrated with their bearded leader, Oregon Duck great Chris Miller, who helped guide the lions to perfection - 14-0 - tops in the state of Oregon.
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