Play of the Day: The best from Week 2 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 2 of the 2019 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.
TIGARD 35, BARLOW 3: Trailing 14-0 late in the first half, Barlow converted three third-down plays and had the ball inside the Tigers' 10-yard line with 24 seconds left. The Bruins tried to pick up their first points on the ground, sending halfback Nick Collins around the right side only to have Tigard defensive back Hewitt Sullivan latch onto his leg and hold on until teammates could come finish the play near the sideline. Next, the Bruins tried the air, with Jaren Hunter lofting a pass toward the front pylon for 6-foot-3 receiver Durham Sundberg. Despite giving up five inches in height, Sullivan fought in front of the receiver and nearly pulled off an interception. Instead, he tipped the ball with two hands as both players fell backward to the turf, gravity also bringing down the ball incomplete nearby. Barlow settled for a 25-yard field goal by Abi Hoffman, its only points of the game, and went into the locker room down 14-3.
PUTNAM 43, MILWAUKIE 14: After Putnam cornerback Zach Grill recovered a Milwaukie fumble at his team's 18-yard line, Kingsmen quarterback Marcellas Kenion threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sam Sholty on the next play to give Putnam a 13-0 lead with 3:15 to play in the first quarter. Putnam added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 26-0 halftime lead in the 5A Special District 1-East opener for both teams Friday at Milwaukie's Alder Creek Middle School.
ESTACADA 40, MOLALLA 13: Molalla quarterback Thomas-Klementis coughed up the football and Estacada freshman lineman Dominic Nacoste recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Rangers a 20-13 lead with 11:33 remaining in the second quarter to fuel Estacada's 40-13 win at Molalla High School on Friday.
BEAVERTON 47, LIBERTY 20: In the second half of a back-and-forth bar fight with Liberty, with his team protecting a slim 26-20 fourth quarter lead, Beaverton senior linebacker Parker McKenna made the play of the game, forcing a Falcon fumble with a thundering hit on Liberty quarterback Hiro Diamond that popped the football 10 feet in the air and landed in the hands of Beaverton's Hector Cazares. McKenna's nuclear blast of a hit set off a Beaver barrage as Beaverton (2-0 overall) forced three more fourth-quarter turnovers and cashed in three of them with touchdowns to pull away from Liberty (1-1 overall) 47-20 on Sept. 13 at Beaverton High School.
GERVAIS 46, GASTON 20: Leading by three touchdowns midway through the second quarter, Gervais senior Xadan Ramon broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run up the left side of the field, putting the Cougars up 30-0 over the visiting Gaston Greyhounds. Gervais would hold on for the 46-20 victory and improve to 2-0 for the first time in more than two decades.
SHERWOOD 42, SPRAGUE 14: Sherwood took its first lead in Friday night's non-league game at 21-14 when junior Clay Peden scored on a 16-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter. On the very next play from scrimmage, Sherwood senior cornerback Jacob Pollock intercepted a Sprague pass, and one play after that, Peden scored on a 20-yard run, pushing the Bowmen's edge to 28-14 with 11:17 left to play in the contest played at Sherwood High School.
HILLSBORO 54, ST. HELENS 14: St. Helens and Hillsboro were still tied at 0-0 late in the first quarter when the visiting Lions marched into the red zone at Hare Field. But Hilhi senior defensive back Tristin Keffer made sure they got no farther, intercepting a pass over the middle and returning the ball 79 yards to set up the home team's first score. The big defensive play seemed to relax the Spartans, who went to halftime in front 19-0, then scored on the first possession of the second half as they began to pull away.
LAKE OSWEGO 44, JESUIT 41: After Jesuit quarterback Jack Heyden hit wide receiver Campbell Brandt for a 10-yard TD in the left corner of the end zone, Lake Oswego saw its lead chopped to 37-34 with 7:59 remaining to play. But the Lakers hardly blinked. On their second play from scrimmage from the 32-yard line, the Lakers sent senior running back Casey Filkins up the middle on a dive play and he broke it for a 68-yard score with 6:53 to go on the clock that provided the winning points in his team's 44-41 victory.
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