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 4 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.
GLADSTONE 23, ESTACADA 20: Faced with a third-and-five situation in his team's Friday, Sept. 27, game at Estacada, Gladstone's Mason Scheehean took the ball on a counter play and broke loose up the middle for a 65-yard touchdown run that gave the Gladiators a 23-12 lead with 5:19 to play in the fourth quarter of the Tri-Valley Conference opener for both teams at Estacada's Buzz Keller Field. "I cut it right and I almost slipped," said Scheehean, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior. "I gathered myself when I saw that hole and then I just ran for my life. It was hard to make big plays in this weather and with these field conditions, but we executed and made plays when we needed to."
RAINIER 14, CORBETT 0: The Columbians ended a scoreless game by scoring on the opening drive of the second half. Facing fourth-and-three in Corbett territory, Rainier loaded up with four options in the backfield. The ball went to Brandon Issacson, who ran through the middle for the first down, then kept his legs churning and eventually broke loose for a 33-yard touchdown.
NORTH MARION 28, WOODBURN 7: The North Marion defense set the tone early in the 2019 Battle for Boones Ferry when Husky sophomore Tanner Saucedo intercepted Woodburn's Jordan Blem in the first quarter and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown to go push his team on front 13-0. North Marion finished the game with four interceptions and held the Bulldogs scoreless until the final minute in a 28-7 league-opening victory on homecoming night.
TIGARD 31, LAKE OSWEGO 7: The Lakers had just taken a 7-3 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Tyler Miller on the first play of the second quarter during Friday's Three Rivers League showdown at Tigard High School. But it didn't take Tigard long to regain momentum — and the lead. That's because Tiger senior Max Lenzy returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and from there, Tigard went on to get the 31-7 victory.
BEAVERTON 48 WESTVIEW 12: Beaverton was already ahead 40-0 when Carson Budke hit Trent Walker on a slant pattern for a 16-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half. Westview tried get the ball in the end zone, but quarterback Brayden Libby's heave toward the pylon was picked off by the awaiting Walker, who weaved toward the left sideline and picked up a cavalcade of blocks the rest of the way for the 99-yard pick-six as the clock showed all zeroes.
THE DALLES 24, CROOK COUNTY 15: Facing a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter, The Dalles quarterback Gabe Helseth called his own number. Helseth gained just enough yardage to get into the end zone to put the Riverhawks up 24-7. The Dalles went on to win the game 24-15 at Crook County High School.
BANKS 31, TILLAMOOK 7: After Banks took a 7-0 lead on a 69-yard-TD catch by Jarred Evans, Evans stepped back into the spotlight on the Cheesemakers' ensuing possession. He tipped a Chad Werner pass attempt, then hauled in the batted ball and returned it to Tillamook's 10-yard-line, where quarterback Tanner Shook hit Jackson Walker for a 9-yard score that put Banks ahead 14-0 with 4:44 remaining in the first quarter.
NEWBERG 40, CANBY 14: Canby senior Ronan Gay caught a screen pass from quarterback Mikey Roberts, then tiptoed down the sideline, somehow staying in bound to score a 57-yard touchdown with 2:39 remaining in the game to help beat Canby on Friday night.
ST. HELENS 56, WILSON 49: Down by seven points with 40 seconds against St. Helens, Wilson got the ball back at their 9-yard line. The Trojans advanced to their 45 and still had 30 seconds to make something huge happen, but St. Helens' defense stiffened as the Lions were able to get pressure on Wilson quarterback Hunter Davis and keep him from being able to complete the comeback. Wilson ran out of downs with 13 seconds to go and the Lions took a knee to run out the clock and improve to 2-2 with their second win in a row.
WEST LINN 48, LAKERIDGE 27: After Lakeridge got a 5-yard Jalen John touchdown run to tie West Linn at 13-13 with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter, the Lions answered back in a hurry. In fact, the tie score that came with John's TD run lasted just 24 seconds. After West Linn took over following the Pacers' kickoff, West Linn junior running back Gavin Haines took a handoff up the middle, broke one tackle, spun out of another and raced 72 yards to score and give his team a 20-13 edge with 6:41 to go in the third quarter.
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