Play of the Day: The best from Week Four 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 Four 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.
ST. PAUL 53, CRESWELL 7: St. Paul's Justin Herberger didn't need many touches to make an impact Friday night, finishing with seven carries for 255 yards and four touchdowns in the Buckaroos' 53-14 win over Creswell. The junior running back set the tone for the night on just his second carry of the game, bowling over defenders and outrunning the secondary on a 69-yard score that put the Bucks up 14-0 late in the first quarter.
CLACKAMAS 40, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0: Trailing 21-0, Central Catholic faced a fourth-and-goal at the Clackamas 2-yard line when Cavaliers' senior safety Kyle Kirsch broke up a pass play intended for Rams' sophomore wide receiver Silas Starr with 7:22 remaining in the second quarter. The Cavaliers (4-0 overall, 2-0 Mt. Hood Conference) went on to register their third consecutive shutout, grabbing the early inside track in the race for the MHC title.
SCAPPOOSE 49, SEASIDE 14: After Scappoose senior Jake Gray intercepted Seaside junior quarterback Payton Westerholm deep down the right side at the Indians' 13-yard line with 1:55 to play in the third quarter, the Indians made the Gulls pay. Tribe senior quarterback Jerad Toman, after a facemask penalty awarded the Indians a first down on a midfield fourth-and-four, dashed nine yards to the left pylon and turned the game into a rout at 42-14 with 11:22 left in the fourth.
WILSONVILLE 57, ST. HELENS 7: Cooper Mootz and Wilsonville played downhill on Friday in their biggest win of the young season. The junior running back lifted the Wildcats to a 13-0 lead with touchdown runs of 29 and 23 yards in the first six minutes, and reeled off scores from one yard and 15 yards out in the third quarter on Friday at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.
MOLALLA 27, MADRAS 12: After three fruitless plays left Molalla facing a third-and-eight from the 26-yard line against Madras on Friday, Indians' quarterback Chase Jazdinski looked down the left side of the field, completed a 26-yard pass to Brandon Palmer, who leapt above a Madras defender for the snag. The pitch and catch jolted the Molalla sideline, and also set up first and goal on the 1-yard line, where Jazdinski was able to score easily on a quarterback keeper. Molalla took a 14-6 lead at halftime that it didn't relinquish for the remaining two quarters.
ESTACADA 34, CROOK COUNTY 20: After making a goal-line stand at the end of the third quarter, the Rangers put the game away with two quick touchdowns early in the fourth. Estacada's Hunter Gotchall set the table for those when he broke into the backfield and forced a fumble that linebacker Gabriel Martinez recovered at the 20-yard line. Three plays later, Estacada's Logan Stamm found the end zone to put the Rangers up 34-6.
BEAVERTON 43, ALOHA 0: Following a nice pass breakup by Beaverton's Tanner Brown on an Aloha fourth-down try, Beaver running back Trevor McDonald cut through a crease created by the Beaver offensive line, skated untouched to the second level, hit the gas and raced 63 yards to the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the night to give his team a 26-0 lead with 10:04 to go in the third quarter. "I feel like at any time I can get five-plus yards a carry if we move the ball straight down the field," McDonald said. "I'm not the fastest, but I can pull away. I can truck someone if I need to and break tackles. I keep my feet moving."
COLTON 28, CENTRAL LINN 21: With the game tied at 21-21 and eight minutes remaining in the contest, Central Linn's punt returner decided to run the ball out of the end zone to the seven-yard line rather than take the touchback. Two plays later, the Cobras paid for that decision as senior quarterback Chase Barnes' lateral to senior wide receiver Ben Black sailed over his head, allowing Colton junior linebacker James Parker to pick up the ball and run it in for the go-ahead touchdown that would give the Vikings the win.
LAKE OSWEGO 35, CANBY 9: Lake Oswego senior quarterback Jake Dukart threw for two touchdowns on the night, and his first one was picture perfect. Three plays into Lake Oswego's first possession, Dukart hit senior wide receiver Jordan Newlin in stride for a 28-yard touchdown that gave Lake Oswego its first points of the night. The Lakers would go on to score four more touchdowns in the first half, stifling the Canby offense, beating up their defense and setting the table for their big Friday win.
WEST LINN 21, TUALATIN 9: With the Lions, leading just 7-0 and the team facing a third-and-one at its own 28-yard line, junior quarterback Ethan Long got under center, leaving everyone thinking it was going to be a quarterback sneak in an attempt to get a first down. Instead, Long pitched the ball back to junior running back Dawson Jolley on the left side. The speedy Jolley, seeing an opening to the left, sprinted down the sideline for a 72-yard touchdown, upping the West Linn lead to 14-0 with 3:50 left to play in the second quarter. "We've been working on that play a lot — it's my favorite play," Jolley said with a smile. "When it was called, I knew I was going to score. I love those long touchdowns."
LAKERIDGE 49, SHERWOOD 42: Lakeridge sophomore running back Jalen John made the last of his 17 carries on Friday night his biggest and most important. Locked in a 42-42 tie in overtime against Sherwood at Lakeridge High School, John took a first-down carry over left tackle for two yards, smashing his way through the Sherwood line to score the clinching touchdown against the Bowmen. In the process, John helped the Pacers snap a 17-game TRL losing streak and improve to 1-1 in league play and 2-1 overall.
SANDY 26, MILWAUKIE 12: Sandy quarterback Tyler King hit passes to convert a pair of third-and-longs, and a fourth-and-two during a key Pioneers drive in the second quarter. The march ended with King finding Glynne McGaughey over the middle for a touchdown that helped Sandy to come back from an early nine-point deficit.
GRESHAM 42, CENTENNIAL 40: Gresham running back Lucas Rhinevault rushed for four touchdowns on the night, but it was his last one that was the most important to the Gophers' victory. With Gresham up 29-27, the Gophers got the ball back after Centennial went three-and-out. On the first play after the Eagles' punt, Rhinevault broke three tackles and scampered down the sideline for a 78-yard score.
BARLOW 57, REYNOLDS 20: Reynolds had just gotten on the scoreboard late in the first half to cut its deficit against Barlow to 15-6, but Barlow came right back on the ensuing possession. On first down from their own 39-yard line, Bruins quarterback Jaren Hunter faked a handoff, rolled to his left and then threw over to his right to a wide-open Hunter Stotts, who rumbled for the 61-yard score.
TIGARD 21, NEWBERG 6: Freshman quarterback Drew Carter came up with the play that broke Newberg's back late in the third quarter. Dodging an onrushing defensive end, the 14-year old stepped up in the pocket and spotted senior wide receiver Braden Lenzy on a crossing route in the middle of the field. Lenzy hauled in the pass and ran untouched into the end zone for a 53-yard touchdown that, considering how well the Tigard defense was playing, pretty much put the game away at 21-0 with 1:15 left in the third.