Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Aug. 31
Week One of the 2018 Oregon high school football season is now in the books with league play looming ahead.
But Friday was pretty great on its own, with Glencoe posting a huge victory in its renewed rivalry game against Hillsboro, and additional big wins coming from Gladstone, West Linn, Tigard and Tualatin.
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 One. To see the complete stories, just click on the blue hyperlinks below.
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FRIDAY'S TOP FIVE
From the outside looking in, it was obvious — the West Linn football team was done.
The Lions — facing Central Catholic in both teams' opener at Hillsboro Stadium on Friday — had blown a 19-point lead, saw the Rams pull ahead by eight points in the fourth quarter then punted the ball away on each of their first two fourth-quarter possessions.
But West Linn's defense stepped up when it absolutely had to, the Lions' offense tied the game late in the fourth quarter, and finally, West Linn got one more stop in overtime and won the contest 47-41 on senior running back Dawson Jolley's 25-yard touchdown burst.
It had been too long.
The Glencoe Crimson Tide and Hillsboro Spartans, rivals of nearly 40 years, renewed their rivalry game Friday night, Aug. 31, with their first contest on the gridiron in three years. But while they both came out excited, inspired, and motivated to perform in front of a packed house on opening night at Hillsboro's Hare Field, it took the Tide just one play from scrimmage to steal the momentum, and ultimately the game from the Spartans in what would turn out to be mostly a one-sided affair in a 38-14 Tide win.
Who calls a counter-left run play on fourth-and-4 from midfield in a tie game with less than two minutes on the clock?
The Gladstone Gladiators, that's who.
Gladstone junior tailback Mason Scheehean took the ball heading left, and then cut right and broke loose on a 50-yard touchdown run with 1:11 to play, lifting the Gladiators to a 35-28 non-conference home win Friday over the Banks Braves in the season opener for both teams at Gladstone's Dick Baker Stadium.
Advertised as one of the best units in Class 6A, a group with toughness, grit and know-how all over the gridiron, Tigard's defense more than lived up to the billing in its 2018 debut.
Facing a rookie quarterback in the pocket and a pass-happy offense, the Tigers feasted against Sunset forcing five takeaways, two of which were interceptions returned for touchdowns by Max Lenzy and Mitchell Cross. Two more of those turnovers were turned into scores by the Tigard offense. The opportunistic thievery coupled with Malcolm Stockdale's mashing 114 rushing yards and four touchdowns gave Tigard a commanding 54-30 win over the Apollos on Friday at Tigard High School.
Defense. Special teams.
The Tualatin High School football team did it all. And, the Timberwolves did them all really, really well.
They also got an impressive win to show for it.
Tualatin, excelling in all phases of the game, rolled to a 47-7 win over Southridge in a season-opening non-league game played Friday at Tualatin High School.