Play of the Day: The best from Week Six in 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 Six 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.
LAKE OSWEGO 27, SHERWOOD 16: Lake Oswego was holding a 21-9 lead as time was running out in the second quarter, but Sherwood, looking to close the gap before the intermission, had the ball inside the Laker two-yard line with 2.5 second showing on the clock. But on the final play of the half, Lake Oswego sophomore Joe Hutson, with the help of a handful of his Laker teammates, was able to drag Sherwood senior running back Rustin Williams down for a four-yard loss and keep the LO lead at 12 points.
TIGARD 9, WEST LINN 0: The biggest play of the biggest game of the night on Friday only measured five yards. With top-ranked West Linn and fourth-ranked Tigard tied at 0-0 with 6:03 remaining in the first half, Tiger senior running back took a handoff up the middle from the Lions' five-yard line and barreled into the end zone for the game's lone touchdown and winning points.
SCAPPOOSE 51, BANKS 49: Scappoose senior Benji Davidson's first high school field goal was just what the Indians needed on Friday night. After Matt Roth stopped Banks' two-point conversion attempt to keep the Tribe's deficit at 49-48 with 40 seconds left in the game, Davidson's 34-yard kick split the uprights as time expired and knocked the from the ranks of the unbeaten.
ST. PAUL 54, KENNEDY 14: With No. 1 St. Paul leading No. 10 Kennedy 14-7 early in the second quarter, Buckaroos quarterback Holden Smith threw to Jaidyn Jackson on the sideline for a routine out pattern. The junior receiver leapt with outstretched hands to pop the ball up twice before pulling it off his fingertips and tip-toeing down the sideline 42 yards for the touchdown. The play turned a close contest into a one-sided shootout that the Bucks went on to win 54-14.
ST. HELENS 31, PARKROSE 18: Following an interception by sophomore defensive back Austin Waite, St. Helens junior running back Shawn Lee made the Broncos pay. Lee ran five yards for a touchdown and a 19-12 lead with 5:30 left until halftime that the Lions would not give up.
LIBERTY 45, WESTVIEW 22: Moments earlier, Westview junior quarterback Cielo Del Rosario took off on a nimble, seven-yard scramble that gave the Wildcats their first points and cut Liberty's lead to 26-7 with 6:02 left in the first half. Liberty junior running back Matt Romeo, however, answered the bell in a big way on the ensuing kickoff, catching the ball at the eight-yard line, finding an alley along the left side, cutting to the left sideline and racing 92 yards for a lightning-quick response and a 33-7 lead.
CORBETT 48, PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 18: Corbett running back Austin Arnold scored on runs of 41 and 24 yards barely a minute apart to boost the Cardinals to a 20-6 lead in Friday's third quarter. His 41-yard scoring run came on a fourth-and-one play.
LAKERIDGE 46, CANBY 14: After Canby started its Friday game at Lakeridge a solid opening drive, Pacer junior running back Jalen John turned things around in a hurry. His 71-yard run took the ball to the Canby two-yard line, and set the table for the game's first touchdown, a four-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Maynes to wide receiver Will Scadden.
OREGON CITY 49, BARLOW 14: The Pioneers scored four first-half touchdowns, highlighted by a 63-yard punt return by Teron Bradford, to take a quick 28-0 lead against Barlow on Friday. Bradford moved forward to receive the punt, juked the first tackler, got loose down the visitor's sideline, cut back into the middle to get past the kicker and raced the final 30 yards to the end zone.
GRANT UNION 52, CULVER 7: Facing third-and-15 near midfield with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Grant Union dialed up a run and it worked to perfection. Cameron Hallgrath received the handoff from quarterback Wade Reimers, and Hallgrath proceeded to break several tackles en route to a 49-yard touchdown. That score, plus the two-point conversion, gave Grant Union a 22-0 lead over Culver.
TUALATIN 43, NEWBERG 7: Leading 19-0 early in the second quarter and having just recovered a Tigers fumble, the Timberwolves landed a heavy blow with Blake Jackson's 47-yard bomb to Jackson Willig on the very next play from scrimmage to make it 26-0.
WILSONVILLE 48 SANDY 14: Cooper Mootz had four touchdown runs on the night for the Wildcats, but his second score was the most impressive. Two plays after forcing Sandy to go three-and-out, Mootz took the ball, faked out a pair of defenders on the sideline and ran 30 yards to score and put Wilsonville up 13-0 in the first quarter.