Football in March? It’s only the latest pandemic oddity.

The seasonal shift did not seem to have upset Central Catholic as the Rams are 5-1 and looked every bit the defending state champion from 2019. The abbreviated six-game season ended April 11.

In a game anticipated each year by Catholic fans, Central Catholic dominated Jesuit 35-6 March 5 in a nearly empty Hillsboro Stadium. The fans and bands may have been missing but Central Catholic was not, as junior quarterback Luke Johnson completed 21 of 35 throws, racking up 275 yards and four touchdowns.

Johnson and junior receiver Jordan King connected for two touchdowns. The pair has been playing catch and running patterns for months and months during the delay.

“Our energy and enthusiasm on the field was really good, which is a challenge when there’s not a lot of hype in the stands,” Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne told the Oregonian. “So I thought our kids did a good job manufacturing some energy.”

Jesuit, 2-3, returned only three starters from last year.

In 4A football, Marist of Eugene finished off the season with a 4-2 record. Head coach Frank Geske, 98-39 in 13 seasons with the Spartans, was helped to another good campaign by strong junior running back Lucas Tuski.