Play of the Day: The best from Week 1 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 1 of the 2018 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.
GLADSTONE 35, BANKS 28: On a fourth-and-4 play from midfield, Gladstone halfback Mason Scheehean ran a counter play to his left, cut back to the right and broke loose on a 50-yard touchdown run with 1:11 to play, lifting the Gladiators to a home win Friday over Banks at Dick Baker Stadium. "When I saw that hole, I busted through it and I ran for my life for that touchdown," Scheehean said. "I'd been waiting for that the whole game. It was amazing." The 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior finished with a game-high 120 yards on 11 carries.?
TUALATIN 47, SOUTHRIDGE 7: ?The Timberwolves were already leading Southridge 26-0 when they took possession at their own 41-yard line with 2 minutes and 46 seconds left in the second quarter. Tualatin quickly moved the ball down the field and got a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle Dernedde to senior tight end Jalen Hale, who made a leaping catch on the fade pattern, wrestling the ball away from Southridge's Joshua Calo, with just 39 seconds remaining before halftime.
CROOK COUNTY 47, RIDGEVIEW 25: The Crook County Cowboys were already ahead 27-13, but the Ridgeview Ravens were driving when Dominic Langley stepped in front of Ridgeview receiver Matthew Prusak, leapt high in the air and intercepted the pass. Langley then followed a caravan of Crook County blockers 55 yards for a touchdown, putting the game out of reach.
WEST LINN 47, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 41 (OT): West Linn, after blowing a 19-point lead and falling behind 41-33 in the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the contest with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter and force overtime. There, the Lions got a key fourth-down stop from Tanner Moore, and on their first offensive play of the extra session, saw running back Dawson Jolley race up the middle, break a pir of tackles and go 25 yards to win the game.
GLENCOE 38, HILLSBORO 14: Both teams came out excited, inspired and motivated to perform in front of a packed house on opening night at Hillsboro's Hare Field, but it took the Tide just one play from scrimmage to steal the momentum, and ultimately the game from the Spartans in a 38-14 Tide win. Hilhi returned the opening kickoff to its own 28-yard line, fumbled on the game's first play from scrimmage, then watched as the Tide's Justin Lazenby took a screen pass 21 yards for the game's first score. ?
WESTVIEW 57, DAVID DOUGLAS 28: Facing a third-and-14 early in the second quarter, Westview quarterback J.J Woodin looped a ball into the end zone where receiver London Smalley twisted his body along the sideline and ripped it away from David Douglas defender Tre'Von Shepard for a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Westview on top 27-14.
GRANT 17, GRESHAM 7: The Generals converted a pair of third-down plays to peel five minutes off the clock and protect their 10-point fourth-quarter lead. Grant converted a 3rd-and-14 when quarterback Sam Simril looked off his initial target and found Brooks McCauley over the middle for a 39-yard gain.
ST. PAUL 54, WALLOWA 2: With a Wallowa defender barreling down on him, St. Paul junior quarterback T.J. Crawford looked to be in trouble on the Buckaroos' third play from scrimmage Friday night. But the first-year starter coolly lobbed a screen pass to senior wide receiver Jaidyn Jackson, who rumbled 34 yards to set up St. Paul's opening touchdown. The play encapsulated the game in that, at first, it looked like the Cougars might threaten St. Paul only to see the Bucks elude them en route to a blowout win.
WOODBURN 60, NORTH VALLEY 40: After back-to-back scores in the third quarter by the visiting North Valley Knights cut Woodburn's lead to 38-34, the Bulldogs needed to answer in a hurry. They found that answer from senior quarterback R.J. Veliz, who picked up 62 yards in the span of three plays to give his team a double-digit lead once again. Veliz finished with 197 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 103 passing yards and another score in the Bulldogs' season-opening victory