Play of the Day: Week Three 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 Three of the 2017 Oregon high school football season, 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.
TIGARD 31, LAKE OSWEGO 28: Trailing Lake Oswego 28-24, Tigard faced a third-and-goal situation at the Laker 5-yard line with 23 seconds left to play in Friday's Three Rivers League opener. On the third down play, Tigard senior quarterback Nick Heinke, after a play-action fake, rolled out to his left and threw a fade pass to the left side of the end zone where Tiger senior receiver Braden Lenzy made the catch for the game-winning touchdown.
WILSONVILLE 52, HILLSBORO 14: Wilsonville junior running back Cooper Mootz had three touchdowns on Friday night, one by pass and two by run. The biggest of those came when Wilsonville junior quarterback Nathan Overholt connected with Mootz on a 30-yard touchdown pass that gave the Wildcats a commanding 16-0 lead early in the second half. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats led by a score of 38-0 and they never looked back.
MADRAS 19, VALLEY CATHOLIC 7: Hoping to bleed the final 6:11 off the clock, Madras called seven consecutive runs by Treyvon Easterling, gaining a total of 28 yards and three first downs. The Buffs gave Easterling the ball an eighth time and he made the most of it. The sophomore ran through the initial wave of Valley Catholic defenders, broke a tackle, then ran free for a 28-yard walk-off touchdown. The play all but sealed Madras' first win its last 23 games, a winless streak dating back to Sept. 19, 2014.
SISTERS 24, CROOK COUNTY 14: Then came what turned out to be the play of the game. On Sisters' previous possession, wide receiver Christopher Luz had scampered 64 yards for a touchdown on a fly sweep. This time, Luz came in motion and took a handoff from quarterback Taylor Fendall in what looked like another fly sweep. Luz raced to the right side of the Sisters line, the Crook County cornerback came up to stop the run and that was all Luz needed. He suddenly pulled up and tossed the ball over the cornerback's head to a wide-open Turner Stuzman who trotted into the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown. The score gave the Outlaws an 18-0 lead and total control of the game with just 3:48 remaining in the first half.
SOUTHRIDGE 36, BEAVERTON 33: With Friday's Metro League game at Beaverton on the line, Southridge quarterback Bradley Bickler completed 5 of 5 passes for 57 yards, the last two coming on a white-knuckle slant pass to Keyvaun Eady for a go-ahead touchdown and a 34-33 Skyhawk lead. Then, for good measure, Bickler punctuated the drive by taking a designed quarterback rollout and lunging into the end zone to extended his team's lead to 36-33 with 1:33 left in the game. On the go-ahead score, Beaverton linebacker Stephanos Mason came through the line clean, sprung into the air and got his left hand on the ball as Bickler unloaded. While the pigskin fluttered, it didn't drastically fall off course and Eady was able to make the catch in the end zone.
COLTON 31, JEFFERSON 27: With about 7:30 left in Friday's game and Colton trailing 27-23, the Vikings took over at their own 25 after forcing a turnover on downs with a pair of sacks. Junior running back Zemar Smith took matters into his own hands from there, breaking free for a 75-yard touchdown run along the sideline, evading multiple tacklers along the way and putting Colton up 31-27 after the PAT conversion.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 41, BARLOW 21: The Rams traveled 75 yards in six plays on their first possession of the second half, that drive ending with quarterback Cade Knighton sent a high ball to the right side where Silas Starr reached above his head to pull down a 16-yard touchdown catch with three Bruins in the vicinity to put Central in command 34-7 midway through the third quarter.
MILWAUKIE 42, ST. HELENS 12: Milwaukie's Logan LaPine and Chazz Amundson wasted no time in sending St. Helens' defense reeling on Friday. LaPine, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior running back, raced 20 yards up the right seam for a touchdown, and Amundson, a 6-2, 205 senior running back, ripped off a 44-yard scoring run in the first quarter of their 42-12 win at Milwaukie High School.
COTTAGE GROVE 35, SCAPPOOSE 20: Erick Giffen, Cottage Grove's 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior defensive back, was everywhere on Friday in Scappoose: His onside kick gave the Lions the ball back after a touchdown rungave Cottage Grove a 28-14 lead with 10:08 left in the third, and he leapt for a 44-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Dylan Graves in the back-left corner of the end zone for a 35-14 edge with 8:14 left in the contest. Giffen then blocked the Indians' extra point after Scappoose quarterback Jerad Toman's 48-yard touchdown scramble to keep the lead at 35-20 at 7:25.
WOODBURN 24, BENSON 13: Leading just 10-7 at the half, the Woodburn Bulldogs came roaring out of gate at the start of Friday's third quarter. After opening the half with a fumble recovery to get the ball at midfield, junior receiver Chandler Vargas took a sweep up the sideline, outrunning the Benson defense for a 45-yard touchdown that put his team up 17-7 and providing the momentum to give Woodburn its first victory of the season.
CANBY 34, NEWBERG 27: Although Canby junior quarterback Trent Wakefield had attempted just three passes through 3 1/2 quarters, the Cougars turned to his arm with the game tied 27-27 late in the fourth quarter. Wakefield came through, lofting the ball just over a Tiger defender to find Rizdin Miller on the right sideline for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-eight from the Newberg 42-yard line with 4:37 to play. Five plays later, Wakefield scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard-line with 1:56 to play to lift Canby to a thrilling 34-27 win.
LA SALLE PREP 28, PUTNAM 14: After a Putnam defensive sack left La Salle facing a third-and-13 from its own 23-yard line on Friday, quarterback Justin Owens spotted Ethan Edgerly running free down the left sideline on a hitch-and-go route and the two connected for a 77-yard touchdown play that extended the Falcons' lead to 21-0 with 8:37 to play in the third quarter of Friday's Northwest Oregon Conference opener.
WEST LINN 42, SHERWOOD 21: West Linn senior kick returner made the first play of the Friday's game against Sherwood the play of the day. Marshall took Kaedin Steindorf's game-opening kickoff at the seven-yard line, headed up the middle of the field, then cut to the left sideline and raced home with a 93-yard touchdown just 15 seconds into the game.
OREGON CITY 54 CENTENNIAL 14: Oregon City put the nail in Centennial's coffin with under two minutes to go in the first half when quarterback Austin Bonner connected with Teron Bradford on a 70-yard score to put the Pioneers up 37-0.