Play of the Day: The best from Week Eight 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 Eight 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.
WILSONVILLE 49, MILWAUKIE 0: The Wildcats scored a lot on Friday, but it was their first score that ended up providing the winning points on Friday. Wilsonville pounded out a 13-play, 52-yard drive that culminated in a leaping Cooper Mootz touchdown. The junior running back leapt over the goal line with the ball outstretched for the first score of the game with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
CLACKAMAS 57, OREGON CITY 27: Leading 14-7, Clackamas had a third-and-10 at the Oregon City 13 when quarterback Mitchell Modjeski rolled to the left, pitched the ball to wide receiver Aric Bergers running right, and Bergers threw a pass down the right sideline to tight end Chad Bletko, who muscled his way into the end zone with 23 seconds left in the first quarter of their 57-27 Friday win. "It's funny, because that play was on my call sheet and I was looking for what to call, and as I was scrolling down, that was the last thing I came to," Clackamas coach Joe Bushman said. "And it was like, 'You know what? This is kind of the perfect situation and a perfect area of field for that play.' We'd been practicing that play for … gosh, literally since Week 1 or 2. It was a big play."
SCAPPOOSE 36, ASTORIA 3: Scappoose senior running back Jack Eggers' 30- and 16-yard touchdown runs gave the second-ranked Indians a 22-3 lead with 3:30 left in a 36-3 win that reclaimed the Cowapa League championship — the Tribe's fourth in six years — from the Fishermen on Friday.
TUALATIN 27, SHERWOOD 12: The Timberwolves, clinging to a 17-12 lead at the time, faced a third-and-38 situation on their own 13-yard line near the midway point of the third quarter.
It looked like the Bowmen were going to get the ball back with a chance to take the lead, but Tualatin junior quarterback Kyle Dernedde had other ideas, as he ran 73 yards, taking the ball down to the Sherwood 14-yard line. The play set up Dernedde's 42-yard field goal, which gave Tualatin a 20-12 lead with 4 minutes and 24 seconds left to play in the game.
PUTNAM 56, ST. HELENS 6: Putnam's Landy Wilson, an all-Northwest Oregon Conference senior running back, thundered 42 yards for a touchdown 24 seconds into the first quarter, then struck again from 22 yards for another TD with 4:37 left in the first to give the Kingsmen a 14-0 lead they would not relinquish in Milwaukie.
JESUIT 41, SUNSET 28: In a five-year era of sustained excellence defined by its powerful ground game, it was the aerial display from Will Spitznagel to Gary Hollands that sealed another Metro crown for Jesuit on Friday. Matched up in single coverage on the outside, Hollands faked a post route that lulled Sunset's secondary to sleep and then hit the jets down the middle of the field. Spitznagel, with Sunset's front seven closing in on him from the outside, waited until the last possible second and delivered a killer deep ball that hit Hollands in stride on his way to the house for the go-ahead 66-yard score that gave Jesuit a 26-21 lead in the third quarter.
BARLOW 34, GRESHAM 7: Barlow lineman Jesse Wilson pounced on a fumble on Gresham's first play from scrimmage, and the Bruins converted the turnover into a touchdown when quarterback Austin Davis found Caden Jensen in the back of the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead in a game where the Bruins would never trail.
CROOK COUNTY 25, MADRAS 21: Crook County's Colton Burkhardt played a nearly perfect game at quarterback on Friday, rushing for 77 yards and completing 10 of 14 passes before throwing an interception on his last pass he threw with 1:03 remaining in the game. Madras had one final chance at a come-from-behind victory, but two plays later with time running out, Madras quarterback Liam White dropped back to pass, looking for wide receiver Robert Pacheco deep down the field. But Burkhardt stepped in front of the pass for his second interception of the game and sealed the Crook County win.
MCMINNVILLE 21, FOREST GROVE 14: Following a 14-yard touchdown run by McMinnville's Odin Thorson that gave the Grizzlies a 21-14 lead late in the fourth quarter, Forest Grove lined up for a critical fourth-and-one play only to have Drake Littlefield stopped short, ending the Vikings' drive, and ultimately, their chances of winning this year's Pigeon Bowl.
WEST LINN 49, LAKERIDGE 0: Already up 7-0 over Lakeridge in its Friday homecoming game, West Linn boosted that edge to 14-0 just 1:10 later when senior defensive back Cody Fretwell picked off a Charlie Maynes pass and took it back 47 yards for a touchdown with 7:59 still remaining in the first quarter. Fretwell added a second pick-six — this one good for 56 yards — early in the second quarter.
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 44, CULVER 14: Already comfortably ahead, California School for the Deaf took over on its own 14-yard line early in the second half and put a cap on its big victory. On second down, Spezio Harmount received a handoff inside, put a vicious stiff-arm on a Culver defender, then broke toward the Culver sideline. A couple defenders overran Harmount, which allowed him to cut back toward the middle of the field and run for an 85-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 32-7 lead with left 8:30 in the third quarter.
GLADSTONE 24 ESTACADA 8: With just 4:33 left in the fourth quarter, Gladstone led 17-8, but Estacada had the ball and had just crossed midfield. But on the ensuing play, Gladstone defensive lineman Jackson Simmons broke into the backfield, stripped the ball away and rumbled 61 yard yards for the score that sealed its 24-8 victory over the Rangers.
WOODBURN 27, MOLALLA 19: As Woodburn faced a third-and-12 in the second quarter from the Molalla 30-yard line, the Bulldogs decided to pull some trickery. They went with a halfback pass as senior quarterback Hunter Conlon tossed the ball to junior running back Jonathan Serrano, who went deep to find junior wide receiver Luis Rodriguez for a 30-yard touchdown and make it 13-6 with about eight minutes left to play in the first half. Molalla would score again before the half, but Woodburn scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to grab the upset win and put a damper on Molalla's senior night.