Friday's top five: A look at the five biggest football games from Sept. 1
It couldn't have been any better.
The weather was perfect, the competition was fierce and the 2017 Oregon high school football season got underway on Friday.
And with all that going on, 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 Football tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab — on all our websites.
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To see Friday's Play of the Day compilation, click here.
West Linn quarterback Ethan Long threw for 228 yards and two first-half touchdowns, and then rushed for another touchdown in the second half as the defending Class 6A state champion Lions rolled to a 42-7 rout of Oregon City in the season opener for both teams at Pioneer Memorial Stadium.
It came easy for the Sherwood High School football team.
All the Bowmen had to do was think back a year ago — and they were more than ready to go.
The motivated Sherwood squad, which fell 27-21 at home to Westview in overtime to start the 2016 season, got a big measure of revenge, as it rolled to a 34-12 victory over the Wildcats in a non-league season-opener played Friday at Westview High School.
The Lions and Eagles reversed fortunes on Friday.
Hood River Valley came to St. Helens hell-bent on snapping its 10-game losing streak against the very team that started the Eagles' winless season in last year's 47-13 opener in Hood River.
The Eagles delighted in a 45-7 rout on Friday, in which none of their scoring drives lasted longer than 3 minutes, 11 seconds, and danced, clapped and cheered on the field when the final seconds ticked away at Doc Ackerson Stadium.
After jumping out to a 28-14 halftime lead over visiting Barlow Friday night, it felt like a safe bet that the Newberg football team would find itself in the familiar position of relying on its offense to win in a shootout.
Newberg had been racking up explosive plays, but what it needed then was a clock-killing drive, which is exactly what senior running back Jack Evans and the offensive line delivered. The ensuing march lasted 17 plays, drained 7:28 off the clock and was capped off by a three-yard Evans touchdown run — the Tigers played out the string for a 38-21 season-opening win.
It was just one step.
The Lake Oswego football team's 40-0 win at Lincoln High School on Friday was just one step in what the Lakers hope is a long journey into the 2017 state playoffs.
That said, it was pretty darn good first step.
Lake Oswego beat Lincoln in every phase of the game on Friday, racking up more than three times as many yards as the Cardinals, committing just three penalties to Lincoln's 11, forcing the game's only turnover and rolling to a convincing victory on the road.