Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Sept. 8
Some teams stayed unbeaten.
Some teams got in the "W" column.
And some others set the table for what they hope to be huge league seasons.
With all that going on in Week Two of the 2017 Oregon high school football season, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
Among the many games covered by Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers on Friday night, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the state's power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at Friday's top five games. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Football tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab — on all our websites.
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To see Friday's best of the best photo gallery, click here.
To see Friday's Play of the Day compilation, click here.
Moral victories lost their appeal around the Tigard football team long, long ago.
The Tigers weren't interested in any sort of solace after nearly knocking out top-ranked Jesuit last week. Surely, Tigard looked the part of a state title contender, surprising the Crusaders with exotic offensive schemes, testy defense, and 18 new starters. But, for as well as the 2016 Class 6A runner ups played, there were points left out on the field and opportunities missed. Tigard would be the first to tell you that 34-28 overtime loss was the one that got away.
With room to grow and another talented Metro League road opponent in Southridge on their radar, the Tigers rebounded in resounding fashion, scoring on six of its first seven first half possessions to thump the Skyhawks 48-12 at Southridge High School on Friday.
The Scappoose football team ran and threw as it pleased at home against St. Helens on Friday.
Scappoose riddled St. Helens for 27 first-quarter points in a 62-6 landslide, the Tribe's best performance since it beat Yreka, California, 69-36 on Sept. 12, 2015, a win that paved the way to the team's first Class 4A state championship appearance.
It's been a long, winding, and very rough road on the gridiron over the last year for Forest Grove, but for one night, four quarters, and what was likely a heck of a bus ride home, that road got quite a bit smoother for a group of young men who earned an opportunity to celebrate.
"Before the season we had people say to us, 'you're going to go 0-9 again, why do you even play football,'" said receiver and defensive back Ayden Purcell. "So to get that win, it means everything. For the people who play every snap to the people who don't play, yet still put in the work, it means the same to all of us."
Forest Grove defeated North Salem in the battle of the Vikings, 13-6. They created five turnovers, got a couple huge field goals from senior kicker Tanner Mannen, and a game-winning 79-yard fourth quarter run from team leader Drake Littlefield. But it all paled in comparison to the team effort that, according to head coach Perry Herbst, has become the identity of this team.
The Wilsonville Wildcats had a dominant night on Friday against the visiting Franklin Quakers, defeating them 52-0. The Wildcats had an explosive first half, scoring 43 three points, 14 of which came from the defense and special teams unit.
In a game that mostly took place in the trenches, it was a big play on the outside that made the difference for the Estacada football team.
Late in the third quarter with the Rangers down by six and facing a third-and-12 from their own 35-yard line, quarterback Nick Keller found an open Wyatt Riedel streaking down the sideline for the 65-yard touchdown. It turned out to be the game-winning score as Estacada took down 3A power Scio 21-20 on Friday.