Play of the Day: Week Two high school football
There's a moment in every high school football game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For Week Two of the 2017 Oregon high school football season, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Football tab.
SCAPPOOSE 62, ST. HELENS 6: After St. Helens junior running back Isaiah Bettencourt raced down the left sideline for a touchdown to bring his team within trail 20-6 with 1:36 left in the first quarter of Friday's game, but Scappoose came back strong after the ensuing kickoff. Operating in a no-huddle two-minute drill, Tribe senior quarterback Jerad Toman darted down the right sideline for his second rushing touchdown and a 27-6 lead in the second quarter of their rivalry win.
TIGARD 48, SOUTHRIDGE 12: Down 21-6 near the end of the first quarter, Southridge senior quarterback Bradley Bickler threw up two jump balls that the acrobatic Keyvaun Eady caught to put Southridge inside the red zone at the Tiger six-yard line. However on third-and-goal, Bickler looked to throw to Michael Pluck, but Tigard sophomore Max Lenzy read the Skyhawk signal caller's eyes, came off his assigned receiver, stepped in front of Bickler's pass and picked it of to prevent Southridge from scoring its second touchdown of the game. On the subsequent drive, Tigard turned the takeaway into a Carter Dennis 20-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass from Michael Quintana.
BARLOW 53, HILLSBORO 6: The Bruins' defense held Hillsboro without a first down until midway through the second quarter, as the Spartans went backward seven yards on their first four drives combined. Hillsboro had a chance to tie the score late in the first quarter when quarterback Curran Mitzel hit Daekwon Mitchell on a deep route down the middle, but Barlow's Garrett Oetting ripped the ball out for an incompletion, then came up with an interception a few plays later.
OREGON CITY 39, CANBY 19: During its Friday win over Canby, Oregon City got a pair of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Austin Bonner to senior wide receiver Teron Bradford, one on a 47-yard bomb and another after a nifty scramble by Bonner in the red zone that went from one sideline to nearly the other before the two connected.
TUALATIN 53, BATTLE GROUND 0: Tualatin junior quarterback Kyle Dernedde may have thrown five touchdown passes on Friday, but maybe his most spectacular play in the Timberwolves' win was a 41-yard run on a scramble, where he cut back and forth, over and over again, running down to the Battle Ground 11-yard line late in the second quarter. Two players later, Dernedde threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Chris Freese.
NEWBERG 56, CENTENNIAL 27: Centennial closed within one possession of Newberg on Friday by finding the end zone on a 20-play drive to start the second half. But Newberg closed out the victory with a pair of touchdowns in the first minute-and-a-half of the fourth quarter. Tristan Phillips-Price intercepted a tipped pass and brought it back 30 yards to set up the second of those scores.
CLACKAMAS 45, LINCOLN 0: Clackamas quarterback Mitchell Modjeski set the tone for Friday night's non-conference blowout win on the first offensive play of the game when he connected with wide receiver Thomas Tolonen on an 80-yard touchdown pass. "Thomas ran a backside post and he was just wide open, so I threw him the ball and he did the rest," said Modjeski, adding that Tolonen was the third receiver in his progression on that play. "My first look was to Cole (Turner) on the single side, then the tight end over the middle, and then the post over the top." The Cavaliers (2-0) went on to score points on six of their first seven possessions to open a 38-0 halftime lead.
ST. PAUL 42, MONROE 12: St. Paul junior running back Justin Herberger busted free for a 63-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, but his 50-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter may have been more important. After St. Paul took a 28-0 lead at the half, Monroe looked like a different team to open the third quarter, promptly driving down the field to score on its first possession. Three plays later, Herberger broke through the line and split two Dragon defenders on his way to a 50-yard score that made it 35-6.
MOLALLA 22, NORTH MARION 6: Facing a second consecutive shutout in as many years at the hands of the Molalla Indians, North Marion senior Sam Garcia kept the Huskies from walking away scoreless Friday night. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the powerful 5-foot-6 fullback ran over a pair of Indian defenders and struck paydirt from 36 yards out to put the Huskies on the board and let the team walk out of Heckard Field with their heads held high.
MOLALLA 22, NORTH MARION 6: The Molalla Indians put up a defensive gem Friday night in a 22-6 victory over the visiting North Marion Huskies, punctuated by junior linebacker Grant Riehle. With the Indians holding onto a 6-0 lead late in the third quarter, Riehle chased down North Marion quarterback Dylan Dedolph in the end zone for a safety that reinvigorated the team and set up a 46-yard touchdown just two plays later that give the Indians a dominating 15-0 advantage late in the game.
ESTACADA 21, SCIO 20: Down by six points in the third quarter and facing a third-and-long from their own 35-yard line, Estacada quarterback Nick Keller found Wyatt Riedel down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown that ended up being the game winning score for Estacada.
SANDY 35, MADISON 16: Usually known as a power football team, Sandy reached in its bag of tricks for the opening score on Friday. The Pioneers would sneak backup quarterback Chet Chamberlin into the backfield to line up as a running back. Chamberlin then took a pitch from Tyler King, set up to throw and found Colton Gorski in the end zone for a 31-yard score.
LAKERIDGE 55, WILSON 0: Already leading Wilson 13-0 thanks to a fast start by its offense, the Lakeridge defense showed Friday that it could contribute, too. Two plays after the Pacers' second touchdown, following a bad snap over Wilson quarterback Ben Fowler's head, Lakeridge senior defensive end Joe Marini — who earlier blocked and recovered a Wilson punt —recovered the ball at the Trojans' one-yard line. Teammate Jalen John scored on the next play to make it 20-0.