Play of the Day: The best from Week Seven 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 Seven 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 21, WEST LINN 20: One play after Lake Oswego's Matt Sebolsky recovered a West Linn fumble at the Lions' 10-yard line, senior quarterback Jake Dukart hit senior wide receiver Jordan Newlin in the left flat, Newlin stopped to avoid a couple would-be tacklers, then powered into the end zone to tie the contest at 20-20 with 11:28 left to play in the game. Jake Bazant then converted the extra point for the winning point in his team's Friday home win.
LAKERIDGE 36, NEWBERG 0: It was really the Pacer's scoring drive in the final 1:30 of the first half that proved the difference in Lakeridge's Friday win over Newberg. Junior quarterback Charlie Maynes completed four passes on the drive that bumped the Pacers' halftime lead to 21-0, the most critical of those a 32-yard strike to Andre Martinez on third-and-14 from the Newberg 49-yard line. Two plays later, Maynes found Will Scadden open for a three-yard touchdown pass to complete the drive. "Our offense was struggling a little bit, just with penalties, and I think that touchdown leading us into half really got our minds focused," Maynes said.
SHERWOOD 25, TIGARD 16: Sherwood senior lineman Carter Atkins, with a tackle for a loss and a quarterback sack, helped force Tigard to punt from its own 22-yard line. Atkins then blocked the punt, with Bowmen senior Zach Jenkins picking up the ball and advancing it to the Tigard three-yard line. Three plays later, Sherwood senior quarterback Wyatt Zettlemoyer scored on a one-yard run. Jenkin's two-point conversion run gave the Bowmen an 8-7 lead at that point.
"I was surprised. They were so close to the goal line, and I came in unblocked," Atkins said of the blocked punt. "I said 'I'm going to get this.' After that, I knew we were going to win. I know our team, and when something like that happens, it gets us all going."
WOODBURN 14, THE DALLES 6: With Woodburn clinging to a thin 7-6 lead on Friday night, The Dalles was looking to pull off a game-winning drive to steal a victory at Dale Yuranek Field. But the Riverhawks' two-minute drill was denied when Bulldog defensive back Jaime Tlatenchi picked off quarterback Gabe Helseth and ran it down to the 8-yard line, setting up Woodburn's game-sealing touchdown two plays later.
LIBERTY 34, SOUTHRIDGE 25: With Liberty holding a 34-25 lead and Southridge driving late in the fourth quarter, the Skyhawks' hopes were dashed when the Falcons' Aidan Maloney chased down and stripped Southridge quarterback Bradley Bickler from behind, causing a fumble recovered by Liberty and, for all intents and purposes, ending the game.
SUNSET 17, WESTVIEW 0: With Westview at the Sunset 14-yard line, trailing the Apollos 10-0 late in the first half, Wildcats junior quarterback Cielo Del Rosario dropped back, looked to his left and when he couldn't find anybody open, he took off down the middle of the field. As he tried to spin away from a Sunset defender, Apollo senior linebacker Gabe Leonard hit Del Rosario, popped the ball free and Sunset cornerback Nick Cizik recovered it at the Apollo 8-yard line.
GRESHAM 33, REYNOLDS 23: Trailing 27-23 as the clock moved under three minutes, the Reynolds defense forced Gresham into a third-and-10. One more stop, and the Raiders could go after the lead. Instead, Gresham quarterback Jake Biesterfeld escaped the pocket to his left and took off down the sideline, dipping his shoulder inside to absorb contact and pick up the first down. Running back Charles Ndayizeye took the next hand-off on a quick-hitter through the middle for a 28-yard touchdown to seal the victory.
TUALATIN 55, CANBY 7: After forcing a Canby punt, Tualatin took over at its own 39-yard line and marched down the field in six plays to score again with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter. This time, senior running back Nathan Marx did the honors, running it in for the touchdown from 37 yards out to boost the Timberwolves' lead to 13-0.
SANDY 51, PUTNAM 6: After a weather delay that lasted more than an hour, Sandy running back Kael Schilperoort punished the Putnam defense with a 15-yard run on Sandy's opening drive of the second quarter to put the Pioneers on top 21-0.
BARLOW 21, CENTENNIAL 6: Bruins' running back Jobi Malary scored two touchdowns coming out of halftime to push Barlow to a 21-0 lead. He finished with 32 carries for 151 yards on a muddy field.
BANKS 41, ASTORIA 0: Desperately in need of a pick-me-up after last week's heartbreaking 51-49 home loss to Scappoose, Banks got going early on Thursday. First, the Braves got a 55-yard touchdown pass on the game's opening drive, then the Braves' Hayden Vandehey hit a streaking Blaine Herb for a 54-yard score to give the home team a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter of their contest at Banks High.