Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Oct. 21
You can't spell "penultimate" without the word "ultimate," and there were some ultimate efforts and results in Friday's next-to-last week of the Oregon high school football season.
And with all that going on in Week Eight of the 2016 high school football season, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
Among the many games covered by Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers on Friday night, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the state's power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at Friday's top five games. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Sports tab to see it, just hover over the Sports tab on all our websites.
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Trailing by seven points with 2:22 remaining in the game, Oregon City was facing a fourth-and-2 at the Clackamas 23-yard line.
Hoping to make a play to secure the win, Cavaliers' defensive end Connor Schmidt was ready for just about anything. Oregon City quarterback DeQuahn Dennis-Lee rolled to his left and ran straight into the pressure that Schmidt, Quincy Baker and others brought from the right side of the Clackamas defense.
In desperation, Dennis-Lee threw an off-balanced pass in the direction of Teron Bradford that fell incomplete near the 10-yard line, helping to seal the Cavaliers 41-34 Mt. Hood Conference road win at Pioneer Memorial Stadium.
Maybe one day it's going to hit them.
Perhaps in a Class 6A playoff game against a higher ranked opponent on the road in hostile territory, the clock will strike midnight and a deficit will prove to be too tall to overcome.
It could be in the next month the Beaverton football team will have that moment of clarity when they realize what they keep doing shouldn't be possible.
Or maybe, just maybe, these unbreakable Beavers a mob of gutty competitors who live for the clutch, thrive in the ominous and can rise to any occasion are a team of destiny bound for something bigger than anyone could've imagined.
On Friday night, the Beavers were again faced with hardship. Westview got out to a two-score third quarter lead and held a four-point edge midway through the fourth quarter. But in the end, Beaverton did what it always does in games like this, namely, make the impossible once again feel not just possible, but practically normal.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Beaverton senior linebacker Mataio Talalemotu picked off Westview senior quarterback Zac Schmerber and raced 40 yard to the end zone to give the Beavers a 17-14 lead. Three Beaverton defense stops later, the Beavers as they did against Lake Oswego and Century earlier this year pulled off another paranormal 17-14 come-from-behind victory at the expense of the previously undefeated Wildcats (7-1 overall, 5-1 in Metro) at Beaverton High School.
During its four-game winning streak, the Sherwood High School football team has looked plenty dangerous.
But in their fifth straight win, the run-oriented Bowmen added another element to that danger.
Sherwood, throwing four touchdown passes with three different players each having one first-half TD toss rolled to a 48-28 win over Tualatin in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tualatin High School.
If the St. Helens football team and its 26 seniors want to make a deep Class 5A state playoff run, this is the year to do it.
St. Helens rolled over Putnam 42-14 to secure the fourth and final Northwest Oregon Conference state seed on Senior Night on Friday at Doc Ackerson Stadium.
The Scappoose football team's Homecoming game against No. 2 Astoria will be remembered as a game of stark contrasts literally, not metaphorically as a night-into-day-into-night contest.
Scappoose (4-4 overall, 3-2 Cowapa League) seemed destined to lose for three quarters yet destined to beat Astoria (7-1, 5-0) in the final one.
In the end, the Tribe fell victim to a 23-yard pass from 6-foot junior wide receiver Karsten Johnson to 6-foot senior quarterback Fridtjof Fremstad with 11 seconds left that sealed Astoria's 25-22 win at Scappoose in a game that began Friday, then had to be concluded on Saturday after a power failure at Scappoose High School.