Play of the Day: The best from Week 11 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 11 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.
TIGARD 38, TUALATIN 17: The Tigers had just taken a 17-9 lead with 2:07 left to play in the second quarter of their second-round state playoff game at Tigard High School on Friday. But the Tigers weren't done with their first-half scoring spree quite yet. On the ensuing Tualatin possession, Tigard sophomore Max Lenzy intercepted a pass toward the outside and sprinted 51 yards untouched down the right sideline for a touchdown, upping the Tigard lead to 24-9 with 1:05 remaining in the first half.
CLACKAMAS 41, OREGON CITY 33: After Oregon City's Teron Bradford caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Austin Bonner, Clackamas' Braelen Bettles fielded the ensuing kickoff on a hop, waited for a hole to open in coverage, then sprinted straight up the middle of the field for a 98-yard touchdown that gave the Cavaliers a 38-19 lead with 4:36 to play in the third quarter of their Friday playoff game. "I was just out there trying to make a play for my team," Bettles said. "We had a wedge going, so I took it slow and then right when I saw a hole, I just exploded through and it was all gas to the end zone." With the win, the No. 2 Cavaliers (11-0 overall) advanced to this week's Class 6A quarterfinals against Mt. Hood Conference rival Central Catholic, a 28-24 winner over Sheldon.
WILSONVILLE 31, LEBANON 7: After falling behind 7-3 against Lebanon in a rematch of last year's Class 5A state championship game, Wilsonville responded like a champion. Three plays into the ensuing drive, Wilsonville was sitting at its own 15-yard line and facing a third-and-36, but Wildcat junior quarterback Nathan Overholt found junior wide receiver Jonah Gomez for a 63-yard completion that took Wilsonville all the way down to the Lebanon 22-yard line. Five plays later, Overholt scrambled into the end zone with 49 seconds to go in the half for the Wildcats' first touchdown of their Friday quarterfinal victory.
LAKE OSWEGO 45, SHERWOOD 0: In a game filled with big plays for the Lakers, their biggest play was the Play of the Day in their shutout of Sherwood in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday at Lake Oswego High School. Already leading the Bowmen 7-0 and facing a first-and-10 from the Sherwood 46-yard line, Laker senior quarterback Jake Dukart hit senior wide receiver Jordan Newlin sprinting down the left side for an over-the-shoulder catch and a 46-yard touchdown that boosted their team's lead to 14-0 with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter.
ONTARIO 53, SCAPPOOSE 39: With No. 7 Ontario leading 40-33 and in possession at second-ranked Scappoose's four-yard line with 9:08 left in the fourth quarter of their Class 4A quarterfinal Friday in St. Helens, Tigers senior quarterback Mike Mejia turned to fake what everyone expected — a handoff to senior running back Ethan Kameshige, who already had four touchdowns. But as the entire defense bit on the play-action fake, Mejia found junior running back Wacey Portenier open in the right center of the end zone for a 46-33 lead the Indians could not overcome.
JESUIT 56, SPRAGUE 7: On Trey Lowe's second score, the Jesuit all-state back stretched a run play wide left, got downhill in a hurry and hit the left sideline for a 76-yard jaunt that extended the Crusaders' lead to 28-0 with 1:28 to go in the first quarter of the second-round state playoff game on Friday at Sprague High School. Offensive linemen Travis Spree and Joe Quillin were key components on the play, sealing off two Sprague players so Lowe could see the hole and get to it with his speed.
WEST LINN 41, MCNARY 6: After West Linn came up empty on its 70-yard opening drive in its second-round Class 6A state playoff game against McNary on Friday, junior running back Dawson Jolley made sure the Lions took advantage of their next opportunity. On the first play of the Lions second possession, Jolley took a handoff from junior quarterback Ethan Long, hit a McNary defender with an aggressive stiff-arm and scampered 75 yards up the sideline for the score, putting West Linn on top 7-0.