Play of the Day: The best from Week 6 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 6 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.
SHERWOOD 38, MCMINNVILLE 27: Late in Friday's game at McMinnville High School, the Grizzlies, down by 11 points, were trying to rally one last time, moving the ball all the way to the Sherwood 6-yard line. But on the next play, Sherwood senior Noah Beeks intercepted a McMinnville pass in the back of the end zone with 1 minute and 17 seconds left in the contest, clinching the victory for the Bowmen.
REYNOLDS 67, DAVID DOUGLAS 14: Reynolds cornerback Kehdon Fletcher returned an interception 25 yards to near midfield, and six plays later, quarterback Jaden Hawkinson hit Nick Haynes with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. It would be the first of four first-quarter touchdowns for the Raiders, who would build a 61-0 lead before David Douglas got onto the scoreboard.
FOREST GROVE 26, HILLSBORO 21: Trailing 21-20, minus the ball and without a timeout with just under two minutes on the clock, Forest Grove forced a timely — or untimely dependent upon your rooting interest — turnover, then struck on a 55-yard Jarod Miller to Cameron Ulloa touchdown pass with 1:00 remaining in the game to defeat the Hillsboro Spartans 26-21 on a cool and damp night in Washington County.
ESTACADA 28, NORTH MARION 20: North Marion was driving for the potential tying touchdown inside Estacada's 40-yard line with less than three minutes to play before coughing up the ball on a third-and-6 run into the middle. Three Rangers linemen were on the bottom of the pile with rookie Jackson Turner emerging with the ball. Estacada picked up one first down on the ensuing possession and was able to run out the clock.
SUNSET 35 ALOHA 12: After a penalty-filled, fitful first quarter for both teams, Sunset senior Marve Nyembo and the Apollo defense changed the game in the second. Aloha junior quarterback Timmy Dennis and company drove Aloha down to the Sunset 18-yard line where it faced a third-and-8. The junior quarterback was flushed to his left by the enclosing Apollo pass rush, and as the right-handed thrower tried to cock the football back and throw it away, Sunset senior Taye Courtney slammed into the Warrior signal caller and jarred the ball free. Nyembo scooped up the ball and galloped 80 yards down the sideline for the momentum-shifting score that gave Sunset a 7-0 lead with 9:10 left in the second quarter.
GLADSTONE 14, CROOK COUNTY 6: Backed up to their own goal line and holding onto a slim 7-point, lead the Gladiators handed the ball to Mason Scheehean who plunged into the interior of the line and then sprinted to the sideline, picking up 44 yards on the play. Gladstone went on to complete a 15-play, 99-yard drive for a touchdown as it went on to defeat Crook County 14-6.
NEWBERG 56, CENTURY 35: Holding a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, Newberg regained possession by forcing a turnover on downs at its own 29-yard line. The Tigers don't attempt many passes, so when they do, head coach Kevin Hastin expects them to be big plays. That was certainly the case on second down, as Gage Wright ran play action and spotted running back Justin Holtan 25 yards down field with no defender within 20 yards of him. Wright connected on the pass and Holtan jaunted the rest of the way to the end zone for a 70-yard score that made it 21-0. "It was a fake handoff to Matthew and Justin ran a wheel route on the back side," Wright said. "They were in man coverage and there was nobody close to him. It's awesome, especially with us passing like eight times a game. I loved it."
LAKE OSWEGO 41, WEST LINN 28: Already leading by 13 points in the second quarter, Lake Oswego recovered a West Linn fumble and took off on a 77-yard scoring march that gave them their biggest lead of the game. That drive was capped by senior quarterback Jackson Laurent's 26-yard throw to junior tight end Marshall McGuire at the right post that extended the Laker lead to 27-7 with 9:40 left in the half.
BARLOW 28 SANDY 12: Trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, Barlow cornerback Hunter Stotts picked off a pass from Sandy quarterback Chet Chamberlain and took it 37 yards to the house to give the Bruins the lead.
THE DALLES 14, WOODBURN 13: Down seven points in the third quarter, the Woodburn Bulldogs were stalled at midfield and looking for a way to find any momentum. Facing third-and-10, senior quarterback R.J. Veliz turned a broken pass play into a first down, scrambling through defenders for an 11-yard gain to keep the drive alive. Following a pass interference call and a personal foul by the Riverhawks on fourth down later in the drive, Woodburn was able to convert the opportunity into points when Veliz took the ball 12 yards up the middle of the field for the touchdown to make it a one-point ballgame.