Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Sept. 15
The top-ranked West Linn football team showed it belongs.
Second-ranked Newberg took a step back.
And perennial powers Central Catholic and Tigard proved they're still in the mix.
With all that going on in Week Three 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 Play of the Day compilation, click here.
FRIDAY'S TOP FIVE
Week by week, game by game and play by play, the West Linn football team is proving itself against the state's best teams yet again.
The Lions did it once more on Friday, stepping up to beat Sherwood 42-21 at Sherwood High School in both teams' Three Rivers League opener.
With the Canby running game grinding out six yards a carry, quarterback Trent Wakefield wasn't exactly wearing out his arm throwing the ball Friday night against Newberg.
The junior signal caller had attempted just three passes through three and a half quarters, but with the contest tied 27-27 and the Cougars facing a pair of long-yardage situations, Canby turned to his arm twice.
Wakefield came through both times, first hitting tight end Kyler Boyd for 18 yards on third and 14, then most crucially, lofting the ball just over a Tiger defender to find Rizdin Miller on the right sideline for a 12-yard gain on fourth down and eight from the Newberg 42-yard with 4:37 to play.
Five plays later, Wakefield scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard-line with 1:56 to play to lift Canby to a thrilling 34-27 win.
Barlow's football team put up plenty of resistance, but couldn't get the big breaks it needed during a 41-21 loss to Central Catholic to start the Mount Hood Conference season Friday night.
Central Catholic (2-1) plays at Clackamas next Friday in a matchup that could decide the league title, while Barlow (1-2) travels to Reynolds.
No, make that double wow.
It was a game that included, well, most everything — two talented teams, three fourth-quarter lead changes, big play after big play, physical action and many hard hits, a last-minute touchdown pass and many thrills and chills.
And, for the Tigard High School football team, the game included one other thing — an astounding victory.
The Tigers, getting a game-winning touchdown pass from senior Nick Heinke to senior Braden Lenzy with just 18 seconds left to play in the contest, came away with a thrilling 31-28 win over Lake Oswego in a Three Rivers League opener played Friday at Tigard High School.
La Salle Prep dominated all three phases of the game Friday, riding big plays on offense, defense and special teams to a 28-14 victory over visiting Putnam in the Northwest Oregon Conference opener for both team.
Ethan Edgerly scored two touchdown, and Tae Brooks and J.J. Menor added one TD each as the Falcons (2-1, 1-0 NWOC) opened a 28-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter.