Play of the Day: The best from Week Five in 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 Five 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 48, LAKERIDGE 19: Tigard, already holding a 7-0 lead in its Friday home game against Lakeridge, was facing a third-and-five situation at the Lakeridge 34-yard line as time was running out in the first quarter. But instead of letting the time expire, the Tigers snapped the ball with one second remaining in the period and freshman quarterback Drew Carter, on a play-action pass, connected with senior Braden Lenzy for a 34-yard touchdown pass play that gave Tigard a 14-0 lead as the opening period ended.
OREGON CITY 51, GRESHAM 8: On the first play of the second quarter, Oregon City faced a third-and-13 from its own 34-yard line when quarterback Austin Bonner connected with wide receiver Austin Canchola on a 66-yard pass play for the game's first touchdown. It was also one of six touchdown plays (five on offense, one of defense) that covered more than 40 yards each as the Pioneers (4-1, 3-0 Mt. Hood Conference) ran their winning streak under new coach Dustin Janz to four games.
WILSONVILLE 41, PUTNAM 14: Wilsonville's defensive unit forced yet another punt from a frustrated Kingsmen offense, and after taking over at the 50-yard line, the Wildcats delivered their fanciest touchdown of the night. Quarterback Nathan Overholt passed behind the line of scrimmage to running back Cooper Mootz, who looked downfield and saw the towering frame of senior tight end Draco Bynum. Mootz connected with the Wilsonville tight end, who got the ball all the way down to the three-yard line. Two plays later, junior wide receiver Jonah Gomez hauled in a pass from Overholt by the thinnest of margins, dragging his toes along the turf before his momentum carried him out of bounds for another touchdown and a 34-0 lead on Friday.
CLACKAMAS 49, BARLOW 28: After seeing Barlow running back Jobi Malary break loose for a 51-yard gain, the Bruins were threatening to go ahead for the second time in the early phases of their Friday game against Clackamas. But Clackamas safety Braelen Bettles tipped a fourth-down pass away from Barlow's Caden Jensen in the back of the end zone to keep the game tied 7-7 late in the first quarter. The Cavaliers then scored twice in the final minutes of the first half to pull away to their 49-28 win.
SUNSET 49, ALOHA 16: Sunset's big first half benefitted from a big play that led to its big win over Aloha on Friday. The Apollos' first touchdown came on a short swing pass from Coleman Newsom to Gabe Leonard in the left flat. Newsom had all the time he needed to make the throw, there wasn't a Warrior defender anywhere near Leonard, and with nothing but green turf in front of him, the senior back did the rest, bursting away from the Warrior defense down the left sideline for a 76-yard touchdown with 5:28 to go in the first quarter.
CROOK COUNTY 39, WOODBURN 0: Crook County may have dominated with its offense, but no play was bigger than its defensive stop late in the second quarter. With the Cowboys leading 25-0, Woodburn quarterback Hunter Conlon dropped back to pass. Looking downfield, he threw the ball down the middle to Chandler Vargas, who appeared to be wide open. However, Crook County cornerback Dominic Langley raced toward Vargas, then leapt high in the air to intercept the pass, end the Woodburn drive and preserve the Crook County shutout.
MOLALLA 13, GLADSTONE 10: With Gladstone leading 10-7 halfway through the fourth quarter against Molalla, the Glads faced a third-and-five situation from their own 17-yard line. But sophomore quarterback Hudson Meyer's pass was intercepted by Molalla junior Jonas Richins, who returned the ball all the way to the Gladstone two-yard line. The next play, Molalla senior quarterback Chase Jazdinski raced to the sidelines on a quarterback keeper and found his way into the end zone for the go-ahead score in Molalla's 13-10 Tri-Valley Conference.
CENTENNIAL 27, DAVID DOUGLAS 20: The Eagles' biggest drive of their Friday game against David Douglas didn't produce any points but it did drain the clock. Leading by a touchdown with 4:27 to play, the Eagles took possession and never gave the ball back. Six straight running plays resulted in three first downs, including the clincher through the middle by Andres Pinzon.
ST. PAUL 38, SANTIAM 12: With two receiving touchdowns and two interceptions in the first half, St. Paul junior Jaidyn Jackson could have qualified for the Play of the Day on several instances, but the most impactful was his 36-yard score early in the second quarter. With the Buckaroos facing a fourth-and-20 from the Santiam 36-yard line, quarterback Holden Smith put the ball out in front of Jackson down the left sideline. Despite being held by his defender, Jackson hauled in the pass and continued into the end zone to give St. Paul, ranked No. 1 among the state's Class 2A teams, a 20-6 lead over the No. 7 Wolverines.
SANDY 28, LA SALLE 19: Sandy took its largest lead of the game over La Salle at 21-3 after a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tyler King to Levi Ritzier. It was third-and-long for the Pioneers, but King recognized man coverage on the outside and threw a fade to Rotzien in the corner of the end zone. The pass pushed Rotzien to the back of the end zone, but he was able to tap his feet down in bounds just in time.
NORTH MARION 26, YAMHILL-CARLTON 14: After struggling to find their offensive rhythm through the first half of North Marion's homecoming victory over visiting Yamhill-Carlton, the Huskies scored a back-breaking touchdown late in the second quarter to swing the momentum firmly in their favor. Following the team's first touchdown of the game, North Marion quickly forced a turnover on the ensuing possession, leading to a 55-yard strike from quarterback Sergio Jimenez to receiver Brady Hansen. In a span of 23 seconds, the Huskies had turned a 2-0 lead into a 16-0 advantage, putting the team on a path to a 2-0 start in the Oregon West Conference.
LAKE OSWEGO 34, TUALATIN 27: With Lake Oswego leading Tualatin 34-27 and the Timberwolves facing a third-and-four from the Lakers' 32-yard line with just 11.4 seconds left in the game, Tualatin took its last, best shot at victory. Wolves' quarterback Blake Jackson threw toward Jackson Willig at the right flag with the game on the line, but Lake Oswego's Matt Sebolsky defended the play, the pass was wide and fell incomplete and the Lakers' home win on Friday was finally complete.