Play of the Day: The best from Week 3 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 3 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.
JESUIT 46, WESTVIEW 13: Down two touchdowns early at Jesuit, Westview responded when J.J. Woodin hit London Smalley for a wild 26-yard circus catch for a touchdown. Inside Jesuit territory, Woodin lofted a pass toward his lanky junior receiver in the end zone, but Jesuit DB Will Spitznagel, in step with Smalley at cornerback, read the ball perfectly and leaped for what appeared to be an interception. But Smalley reached out his huge right, tipped the ball in the air as Spitznagel toppled to the ground and plucked it mid-flight for the highlight reel-worthy 26-yard score that brought Westview within 13-6.
SCAPPOOSE 39, HILLSBORO 14: The host Spartans had just scored to pull within 18-14 when Hillsboro jumped offside on a Scappoose fourth-and-1 to give the Indians a first down at their own 43-yard line. From there, quarterback Jakobi Kessi faked a handoff into the middle, then turned and fired a strike toward the left sideline to running back Connor McNabb. McNabb, who already had scored two first-half rushing touchdowns, made the catch, then split the Hillsboro defense behind some good downfield blocking to score a key 57-yard touchdown.
TUALATIN 50, MCNARY 6: Tualatin, already leading McNary 21-6, took over possession at its own 45-yard line following a fumble recovery by junior Jake Reser with 59 seconds left to play in the second quarter. A first-down quarterback sack resulted in a 5-yard loss. But on second down with time ticking away, Timberwolf junior quarterback Blake Jackson threw a screen pass to junior John Miller and Miller did the rest. Sprinting through a hole opened by the offensive line, faking out a pair of McNary defenders and then powering his way into the end zone after being hit at the 5-yard line, Miller scored on a 60-yard pass play, giving Tualatin a 28-6 halftime advantage with just four seconds left in the half.
SOUTH UMPQUA 12, CORBETT 0: The visiting Lancers scored on their opening possession — a 15-play drive, 85-yard drive that took nearly seven minutes off the clock — and in the process, scored the winning points. It ended with running back Creedance Ferguson slipping around the right side for a 1-yard touchdown run after converting on fourth-and-2 earlier in the march.
CROOK COUNTY 35, SISTERS 32: The Crook County Cowboys had just turned the ball over and, clinging to a three-point lead with less than a minute left in the game, blitzed as Sisters quarterback Taylor Fendall dropped back to pass. Cowboy defenders Carson Smith and Clayton Berman were able to get to Fendall, sacking the Outlaw quarterback to preserve the Crook County victory.
TIGARD 35, CANBY 0: With Tigard back in possession of the ball in the fourth quarter, the Tigers moved the ball down the field in a big way. After eight plays, Malcolm Stockdale got his second touchdown of the night, running it in on the right side from 46 yards out. Tigard had its fourth touchdown (and PAT) of the night, leading Canby 28-0 at 6:25 of the final quarter.
BARLOW 48, GRESHAM 0: Barlow running back Jobi Malary scored twice from around midfield to boost the Bruins to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter in their 48-0 victory over Gresham.
ALOHA 49, DAVID DOUGLAS 24: After David Douglas turned the ball over on downs deep on its own side of the field, Aloha made the Scots pay when Warrior quarterback Timothy Dennis hit Tanner Volk in stride up the left sideline for the 21-yard touchdown to put Aloha up 35-6 in the third quarter.
LIBERTY 38, SOUTH MEDFORD 20: Three plays after a 90-yard fumble recovery touchdown had been erased by a penalty, Liberty quarterback Brad Norman hit Cole Smith in the end zone on a 28-yard scoring pass as time in the first half expired, giving the Falcons a 24-7 lead from which South would never recover.
CULVER 46, GERVAIS 7: As the game clock was winding down on Friday night at Gervais High School, the Cougars scored on their final drive to avoid a shutout against the Culver Bulldogs. Facing second-and-goal from the 26-yard line due to a holding penalty on the previous play, sophomore running back-turned quarterback Damian Tavara found junior receiver Xaden Ramon sprinting up the left sideline behind the Bulldog defense, connecting with the speedy receiver for touchdown pass to give the Cougars their lone points of the night.
SHERWOOD 27, LAKERIDGE 22: After rallying from a 14-0 halftime deficit, Sherwood punched in the winning score against Lakeridge when senior running back Ian Stormont went over right guard to score from 1 yard out to extend the Bowmen's lead to 27-14 at Sherwood High School.