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 5 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.
BARLOW 28, Grant 13: After Grant was forced to punt from midfield late in the first half, Barlow took possession at its own 27-yard line with less than a minute to go before the break. Three plays later — the last being a pass interference penalty — the Bruins were within range of a heave to the end zone. Barlow's Josh Nomie got Barlow even closer when he took a short pass and barreled through three defenders to get out of bounds at the 16-yard line with three seconds on the clock. Jaren Hunter's next pass went to the end zone where Jackson Kane popped wide open in the middle of the field for a touchdown and a 15-6 halftime lead.
TUALATIN 62, CANBY 33: On the final play of the third quarter of the Special District 5 game played Friday, Oct. 4, at Tualatin High School, Timberwolf senior quarterback Blake Jackson threw a quick pass to senior receiver Cade McCarty in the left flat and McCarty did the rest. He cut over to the right side of the field and then sprinted down the sideline to complete an 85-yard touchdown pass play, which gave Tualatin a 48-19 lead going into the fourth quarter of the contest.
MOLALLA 13, TILLAMOOK 7: Molalla senior linebacker Damian Pingo intercepted Tillamook quarterback Chad Werner with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter to set up the game-winning touchdown on Friday, Oct. 4, at Molalla High School. Molalla's defense forced four turnovers in the second half to earn its first win of the season on homecoming night.
WILSONVILLE 47, FOREST GROVE 6: Just four plays and less than two minutes into their road contest at Forest Grove on Friday, Oct. 4, Wilsonville junior quarterback Jayce Knapp hit junior receiver Josh McKenzie on a post, and 60 yards later, the Wildcats had a 7-0 lead and were well on their way to a blowout road win over the Vikings.
MOUTAINSIDE 42, SOUTHRIDGE 21: In the second quarter, Southridge senior quarterback Darik Salinas was flushed to his right and rushed into a throw that Mountainside senior safety Montero read, jumped and reeled in like a wide receiver near the 40-yard line. The ball-hawking safety swiveled past a Skyhawk, beat Salinas with speed and one right-handed stiff arm that fended off the Southridge field general's tackle attempt and helped him roll to the pylon for the pick-six and a 21-7 Mountainside lead.
SCAPPOOSE 49, ST. HELENS 7: At St. Helens High School on Friday, Oct. 4, the visiting Indians already had a 28-7 lead when the Lions lined up on third-and-8 from their 41-yard line in the closing seconds of the second quarter. St. Helens tried a quick hitch pass to the left, but Scappoose senior linebacker Connor Havlik jumped into the path of the ball, picked it up and flew to the end zone, getting a final block from senior cornerback Thomas Greiner. The touchdown off the turnover boosted Scappoose's lead to 35-7 with only 8.2 seconds remaining in the first half.
NEWBERG 40, REYNOLDS 0: On a breakneck opening drive that lasted just 1 minute and 31 seconds, Newberg scored the first touchdown of their Friday, Oct. 4, home game on a 40-yard run by sophomore running back Price Pothier. With a big hole created by an experienced offensive line, Pothier burst up the middle and churned into the end zone. That was the first of many scores for the Tigers on their homecoming night as they blew out Reynolds, 40-0.
LAKE OSWEGO 42, CLACKAMAS 20: On a night filled with big plays by senior Casey Filkins — he accounted for 177 yards in total offense, scored three touchdowns, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble — his biggest came late near the end of the first half of his team's Friday, Oct. 4, game against Clackamas. With the Lakers already leading the Cavaliers 21-0 at Lake Oswego High School, Filkins took a third-and-three snap in the wildcat formation, ran right, then cut back left to leave the Cavs behind on a 41-yard scoring run with 8:02 to go in the half.
LAKERIDGE 37, OREGON CITY 10: With Lakeridge already leading 3-0 late in the first quarter of their Friday, Oct. 4, game against Oregon City at Pioneer Stadium, the Pacers forced an OC punt, then drove 69 yards in only three plays to score. Senior running back Jalen John capped the drive when he took the ball around the right end on a 42-yard touchdown run that made it 10-0 with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
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