Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Oct. 20
One week to go.
Week Eight of the 2017 Oregon high school football season — the penultimate week of the regular season — was huge, with results that will likely decide league championships in the Mt. Hood Conference, Metro League, Portland Interscholastic League and Southwest Conference.
With all that going on, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at the top five games from Week Eight. 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.
To see all of last week's scores, click here, then click on the appropriate date and classification.
To see updated league and season standings for all the state's teams click here, then click on the appropriate classification.
To see last week's best of the best photo gallery, click here.
To see last week's Play of the Day compilation, click here.
FRIDAY'S TOP FIVE
Clackamas tailback James Millspaugh knew if he worked hard and stayed patient, he'd eventually get a chance to show what he could do with the football.
The senior transfer from Vancouver's Skyview High School made the most of the opportunity he got Friday night, rushing for a season-high 241 yards and four touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 52-27 Mt. Hood Conference home win over Oregon City.
One play can't decide a game. A single moment in a blockbuster matchup full of big plays and momentum shifts can't determine the outcome of a de facto Metro League championship.
But moments after after Sunset senior quarterback Coleman Newsom found Nick Cizik for a 40-yard touchdown and a 21-20 lead with 3 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third quarter, Jesuit flipped the game on its ear.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Jesuit junior quarterback Will Spitznagel threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Gary Hollands, retook the lead and pulled away to win 41-28, at Jesuit High School on Friday night.
Let's be honest.
For the West Linn football team — the reigning state champs and a team that had gone 31-2 over the past 21/2 years — the past two weeks had been hell.
But the Lions put themselves on the road to redemption on Friday, crushing Lakeridge 49-0 in their homecoming game at West Linn High School and snapping their two-game losing streak in the process.
It took them longer to get going on Friday, but when they did, the Wilsonville Wildcats put up nearly 50 points to shut down Milwaukie 49-0 in an emphatic win that put Wilsonville at the top of the Northwest Oregon Conference.
The visiting Indians led Astoria just 9-3 at halftime on Friday, but scored 36 unanswered points and celebrated a 36-3 win and a confidence boost in its Class 4A regular-season finale.