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Friday's top five: A look back at the five biggest high school football games from Sept. 23


Friday's fourth week of the 2016 high school football season just about had it all.

Big hits? Check.

Huge offensive outburts? Oh yeah.

Momentum-swinging plays? Plenty.

And with all that going on Friday night — it was Week Four 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 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 Sports tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab — on all our websites.


On a night when West Linn’s starters were off the field quickly, quarterback Tim Tawa threw six touchdowns — five of which came in the first half — allowing West Linn to build a 43-7 lead en route to a 50-7 victory over Tualatin on Friday.


Big plays.

There were plenty of them.

Newberg had some big plays.

Tigard had big plays — even more.

And Tigard's Tigers turned all of their big plays into an impressive victory.

Tigard, coming up with big plays on offense, defense and special teams, came away with a 51-21 win over Newberg in a Three Rivers League battle of Tigers played Friday at Tigard High School.


The Clackamas Cavaliers’s ball-control offense was no match for Central Catholic’s big-play attack Friday night.

Central Catholic’s Amari Hale stole the spotlight had a 78-yard touchdown run and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Cade Knighton, pacing the Rams to a 35-28 Mt. Hood Conference home win over the Cavaliers at Hillsboro Stadium.


Tharren Blood was the X factor for the Wilsonville football team at its Friday homecoming game.

The No. 10 Wildcats' senior defensive back intercepted three first-half passes and kept third-ranked St. Helens in check in a 23-14 win at Randall Stadium in Wilsonville.


After Molalla’s huge win over Banks last week rocketed them to the top of the Class 4A football poll, the Indians needed to come out and make a statement for their homecoming game.

Molalla proved on Friday night that they are the real deal by shutting out Madras 55-0 to start off Tri-Valley Conference play 1-0.