Play of the Day: Week One high school football
There's a moment in every high school football game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For Week One of the 2017 Oregon high school, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Football tab.
SHERWOOD 34, WESTVIEW 12: The Bowmen were clinging to a 7-6 lead when they faced a fourth-and-goal from the Westview one-yard line late in the second quarter of their Friday game at Westview High School. Taking the ball on a double handoff, Sherwood senior Zach Jenkins sprinted to the right side of the end zone untouched, giving Sherwood a 14-6 lead with 1 minute and 11 seconds left to play before halftime. "It worked for us earlier in the game," Jenkins said of the play. "So we went back to it."
THE DALLES 26, MADRAS 21: Facing a 20-0 deficit in the third quarter and the prospect of another scoreless game on Friday, Madras began its offensive surge. Four plays into a drive that began on the Madras 39-yard line, senior Harrison Manu received a handoff and cut outside. Lead blocker Brady Pattenaude freed up a running lane for Manu and he took advantage, outrunning The Dalles defenders down the sideline to score from 48 yards out. It was the first of three touchdowns for the White Buffalos, who scored only 27 points in eight games last season.
WEST LINN 42, OREGON CITY 7: Facing a fourth-and-four from the Oregon City 14 yard line, West Linn quarterback Ethan Long connected with Ahmir McGee on a short pass over the middle and McGee powered his way into the end zone, capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive that gave the Lions a 21-7 lead with 1:57 to play in Friday's first half.
JESUIT 34, TIGARD 28: With the game knotted at 28-28 in overtime after Tigard's Jackson Cleaver just barely missed a 35-yard field goal attempt, Jesuit's Trey Lowe took a handoff around the left side, followed a Cam Mahoney pull block and swerved through a pair of Tigard defenders on his way into the end zone to give Jesuit a 34-28 victory at Cronin Field on Friday.
PUTNAM 14, MOLALLA 7: Molalla faced a third-and-12 from its own 27-yard line about four minutes into the third quarter. With the game still scoreless, Putnam senior Isaiah Schumacher broke through the line and sacked Molalla senior quarterback Chase Jazdinski, forcing the ball loose. Schumacher picked the ball up and ran it into the end zone untouched for the first score of the game to put the Kinsgmen up 7-0 on Friday.
CENTENNIAL 14, RADFORD 12: Centennial's Dillon Hart picked off a pass to give Centennial possession at Radford's 36-yard line midway through Friday's fourth quarter. The Eagles would face fourth-and-goal from the 18 when Hart had his number called again — this time on a go route down the sideline. Quarterback Kaiden Lansford looped a spiral high toward the back pylon and Hart went over the top of Radford's Anthony Benito to pull down the winning touchdown.
SHERIDAN 36, GERVAIS 34 (3 OTs): The best game of Week 1 may have been in Gervais on Friday, but the thrilling triple-overtime conclusion would not have been possible without Cougars' sophomore linebacker Fabian Santos. With Gervais leading 8-7 in the final seconds of the first half, Santos chased down and stripped the ball from Spartan receiver Joey Daniel 10 yards from the goal line at the end of a 72-yard reception that would have given Sheridan the lead going into the break.
NEWBERG 38, BARLOW 21: It wasn't so much a single play that turned the tide in the Tigers' season-opening Friday win, but a play call. First-year head coach Kevin Hastin called "super sweep" seven consecutive times during a 17-play drive that drained 7:28 off the clock and put Newberg up 35-14 early in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Jack Evans not only carried the ball on six of those "super sweeps," but he also rushed nine times for 91 yards and a touchdown on the fateful drive.
CANBY 35, REYNOLDS 14: Canby quarterback Trent Wakefield rolled to the right and found Joe Henry racing along the goal line in front of the Reynolds defense for a three-yard touchdown pass on the final play of Friday's first half to send the Cougars to the locker room with a 21-7 lead.
SILVERTON 24 SANDY 17: Down 13-3, Sandy decided to test the Silverton secondary by taking a shot down field in the opening minute of Friday's second quarter. Quarterback Tyler King found Colton Gorski down the sideline on a pump-and-go, Gorski made a man miss and then sprinted into the end zone for the 41-yard score.
LAKE OSWEGO 40, LINCOLN 0: Already leading Lincoln 13-0 after one quarter, Lake Oswego made sure the Cardinals had absolutely no hopes of a comeback. After taking over at their own 45-yard line two minutes into Friday's second quarter, the Lakers needed just one play to score, a 55-yard bomb down the left sideline from Jake Dukart to a wide-open Jordan Newlin for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead.