Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Sept. 29
Bigger, better, faster, stronger.
Week Five of the Oregon high school football season was all that and more, with big results that will shape the state's power rankings for weeks to come.
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 Friday's top five games. 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.
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FRIDAY'S TOP FIVE
The Tigard High School football team wasn't totally happy with the way it played a week ago.
The 21-6 win at Newberg didn't sit very well with the Tigers.
So, they decided to make up for it this week.
And, wow, did they ever.
Tigard, rushing for 344 yards on offense, and forcing four turnovers on defense, powered its way to a 48-19 win over Lakeridge in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tigard High School.
The Tualatin football team wasn't going to give up — not until the final play expired.
The Laker Oswego football team wasn't going to lose — not even if it took until the final play.
In the end, both teams did what they set out to do on Friday, with the Lakers holding off a furious second-half Tualatin rally to beat the Timberwolves 34-27 at Lake Oswego High School.
One big play was all Oregon City needed to set its high-powered offense in motion against Gresham on Friday night.
Quarterback Austin Bonner got it started with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Austin Canchola on the first play of the second quarter, more big plays followed, and the Pioneers rolled to a 51-8 Mt. Hood Conference blowout win over the previously unbeaten Gophers.
In a game filled with turnovers, dropped passes and penalties, Sandy's offensive firepower in the first half proved to enough to get the job done.
Three touchdown passes from Sandy quarterback Tyler King in the first 14 minutes of the game gave the Pioneers a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter. Although they were tested down the stretch, Sandy (4-1, 3-0 NWOC) pulled away for the 28-19 win over La Salle (3-2, 2-1 NWOC) to remain unbeaten in conference play.
Friday night's match up between St. Paul and Santiam had all the makings of a classic showdown.
Coming out of non-league play, the No. 1 Buckaroos and No. 7 Wolverines entered the contest as the leading contenders in the Tri-River Conference and played in a thriller last year, with St. Paul winning 29-27 on the road.
Santiam was eying a measure of revenge and the inside track at the league crown at the St. Paul Rodeo Grounds, but it was the Bucks that looked like a championship outfit in a convincing 38-12 victory.