Friday's top five (+1): A look at the six biggest football games from Nov. 10
As Oregon's high school football field grows smaller, the games get bigger and bigger every week.
Friday's Class 6A results included wins by top-ranked West Linn, No. 2 Clackamas and No. 3 West Linn, and by Wilsonville, the state's second-ranked Class 5A team.
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 10. 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.
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FRIDAY'S TOP FIVE
There's no such thing as a perfect football game and the top-ranked Lake Oswego Lakers know that as well as anyone.
That said, LO took a shot at it Friday night, scoring on all seven of its possessions, holding a solid Sherwood team to just 128 yards in total offense and posting a dominant 45-0 win in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Lake Oswego High School.
With 1:46 left in the fourth quarter Friday, Oregon City finally forced Clackamas to punt for the first time in the Class 6A second-round game at Cavaliers Stadium. The Cavaliers were leading by eight points, so it was up to their defense to stop the Pioneers and secure the win.
And that's what the defense did.
Clackamas linebackers Kolby Barber and Jakobe Erskine each registered a sack in the defensive stand, and the Cavaliers escaped with the 41-33 win.
It was a cold and foggy night in Wilsonville, and under the Friday night lights, a rematch nearly a year in the making took place. The Wildcats hosted defending state champion Lebanon and looked to rebound from their loss in the state finals last year. This time, it went the Wildcats' way, as they defeated the Warriors 31-7 in Friday's Class 5A state quarterfinals.
Even though things weren't always smooth, the West Linn football team did more than enough to get the job done on Friday.
Junior quarterback Ethan Long led the Lions with three touchdown passes on the night as West Linn and its well-balanced offensive attack beat up McNary 41-6 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at West Linn High School.
Less than eight minutes into their highly anticipated rematch, the Tualatin High School football team was holding a 9-0 lead over rival Tigard.
At that time, there was much excitement and enthusiasm to be found on the Timberwolves' side of the field.
Meanwhile, on the Tigard sidelines, there was just calm — no worry, no panic.
The Tigers knew they had a game plan — and they were going to stick with it.
That game plan turned out to work pretty darn well.
The Tigers answered Tualatin's fast start by scoring 38 straight points on their way to a 38-17 win over the Timberwolves in a Class 6A state playoff second-round game played Friday at Tigard High School.
Sprague stayed true to itself and tried to beat Jesuit at its own game with a power attack straight out of the patented Ken Potter playbook.
The attempt, while noble in effort, was in hindsight, ill-fated from the opening kick.
The Crusaders deployed its smash-mouth, double tight-end set offensively and swallowed Sprague whole on defense, racing out to a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to a pounding 56-7 win in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday at Sprague High School.