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Friday's top five: A look back at the five biggest high school football games from last week

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn's Alex Garcia gets airborne for a catch in his team's season-opening 32-7 win over Cleveland at Woodburn High School on Friday night.Off and rolling.

The 2016 high school football season hit the ground running on Friday night with enough big games to fill a stadium. And — funny enough — those games were so good, they filled several stadiums with rabid high school football fans ready to see their team start its march to glory.

Even better, Pamplin Media Group was there to document a bunch of it.

Among the 16 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 night's top five. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the new Prep Football tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab — on all our websites.


Top-ranked West Linn flexed its muscles on Friday with its offense picking up where it left off last season in a 55-27 victory over Oregon City at West Linn High School.

Tim Tawa threw for six touchdowns and rushed for another, and Oregon City, despite moving the ball well against the Lions’ defense, simply didn’t have enough firepower to stay in the game.

Wildcats clutch up late, stun Sherwood in season opener

Westview's opportunity to plant its flag in the ground, to proclaim itself as a Class 6A contender and grab the elusive “program win” it so desired, boiled down to one last stand in the trenches, a battle of manhood, just as head coach Ryan Atkinson predicted.

Frantically protecting a tenuous 27-21 lead in overtime at No. 4 Sherwood, with the Bowmen facing a fourth and 1 at the Wildcats' one-yard line with the standing room-only crowd going crazy, Sherwood's best player David Morris got the ball one final time, but Westview was up to the challenge.

Westview junior cornerback Patrick Maddox speared himself into Morris' midsection, and senior linebacker Reed Foster gang tackled Morris into the turf, stopping the superstar yards short of the goal line and sealing Westview's 27-21 victory.


The Lake Oswego football team would have preferred a “prettier” win on Friday.

That said, the Lakers are sure glad they didn’t walk away with an ugly loss.

Lake Oswego shut out 10th-ranked Lincoln in both teams’ 2016 season openers, getting the game’s lone score in the second quarter to beat the Cardinals 7-0 at Lake Oswego High School.


The Liberty football team’s come-from-behind win over rival Hillsboro on Friday night gratified Falcon fans, but the smaller-enrollment Class 5A Spartans gave the 6A Falcons fits until the closing seconds of Liberty’s 35-34 victory.

Woodburn rides seven turnovers to 32-7 win over Cleveland

It’s the first game of the season and the Woodburn football team is already in uncharted territory.

Carried by a swarming, opportunistic defense that generated seven turnovers, the Bulldogs defeated the visiting Cleveland Warriors 32-7 Friday evening at Woodburn High School.