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Friday's top five: A look back at the five biggest high school football games from Sept. 16


On almost every football field in the metropolitan area, the answer was as simple as "A-B-C."

A-B-C as in "Another big contest."

And with all the big contests going on Friday night — it was Week Three 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.


Last year, the Bowmen were dancing.

This year, there was no dancing.

Instead, there was a big celebration by the West Linn High School football team.

The Lions, who watched Sherwood dance in the middle of their home turf, after the Bowmen posted a 39-35 win on their way to claiming the Three Rivers League title in 2015, turned a whole bunch of motivation into a 48-14 victory over Sherwood in a league opener played Friday at West Linn High School.


The Reynolds Raiders had their hands full trying to contain Clackamas tailback Jacob McGreevy Friday night.

McGreevy broke loose for a season-high 229 yards on 39 carries and scored on runs of 29, 21 and 5 yards, pacing the Cavaliers to a 43-20 victory over the visiting Raiders in the Mt. Hood Conference opener for both teams.


A crazy night on the football field came down to one final play.

Centennial lined up for a two-point conversion with 25 seconds left on the game clock. Cross the goal line and the game would go to overtime, get stopped short and Oregon City would celebrate a 50-48 win.

Eagles' quarterback Mychael Kane took the snap and moved to his right side. He appeared to have a path to the end zone, but like someone chasing an elevator, the door slammed shut in a hurry.

Oregon City linebacker Tanner Smith met Kane at the goal line with a blast of pads that stopped him in his tracks. The side officials raced to the center of the field waving their arms to show he had been kept out of the end zone.

Game over.


Considering the final score, it seems hard to believe that the St. Helens Lions were trailing Milwaukie just before the end of the first half on Friday night.

It took a 65-yard run by Haidon Allen with just 25 seconds left in the half to put the Lions in front for good.

They would go on to an easy 54-7 win.


In one of the most exciting football games in recent memory, the Molalla Indians toppled the No. 1 ranked Banks Braves on Friday night.

Coming into the matchup, the Oregonian’s media poll had Banks sitting atop the throne as the top 4A team in Oregon, while Molalla came in at No. 6. The Oregon School Activities Association had Molalla ranked No. 3 and Banks at No. 17 using their ranking algorithm.

Banks then had one final shot at the end zone from the 13-yard line with four seconds left, but quarterback Jake Evans' throw sailed out of the end zone to seal the victory for Molalla with a final score of 34-28.