The best of the best are rising to the top.
That was never more evident than in Friday's second round of the Oregon high school football state playoffs.
With all of the night's second-round playoff action going on, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark results, here's a look back at the top five games from Friday. To see the complete stories, just click on the blue hyperlinks below.
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FRIDAY'S TOP FIVE
Turnovers on each side of halftime proved costly in Barlow's 45-20 loss to Tigard in the second round of the 6A football playoffs last Friday.
The Bruins were driving for the go-ahead points late in the first half when Tigard defensive end Noah Jackman put the brakes on his rush, tipped a pass in the backfield and came down with the interception.
Two plays later, Tigard QB Drew Carter found Luke Ness for a catch over the middle. He picked up a block from teammate Jazz Ross that left two Bruins spilled on the turf and opened the right side for Ness to complete a 53-yard touchdown catch.
Barlow fumbled the second-half kickoff, and Tigard's Hewitt Sullivan recovered at the 18-yard line. Malcolm Stockdale went in from 8 yards out, one of his five touchdown runs on the night, to put the Tigers in charge 31-14.
Banks can breathe easy — finally.
Marist Catholic recovered an onside kick, ran a kickoff back for a touchdown, and intercepted standout Banks quarterback Hayden Vandehey three times in Friday night's state quarterfinal, but ultimately the Braves prevailed 28-14, thanks to a sturdy defense and one heck of a night from receiver and defensive back, Blake Markham.
It was a game of big plays.
Big offensive plays. Big defensive plays.
But, while the big plays were many, and thrilling, at the end it came down to just one play — and one yard.
And the Tualatin High School football team, try as it may, wasn't able to get that needed yard.
The Timberwolves, fumbling the ball on fourth-and-goal from the Central Catholic 1-yard line in overtime, were edged 28-21 by the Rams in a Class 6A state playoff second-round thriller played Friday at Hillsboro Stadium.
Turnovers have been the key to the West Linn football team's success all season long.
When the turnovers have gone the way of the Lions' opponents, West Linn has struggled to win.
When turnovers have gone in the Lions' favor — as they did Friday night — good things have happened.
West Linn — taking advantage of a key Lakeridge turnover — scored 21 points in just 4 minutes, 19 seconds at the end of the first half and used that outburst to beat Lakeridge 55-20 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday night at West Linn High School.
Three minutes and 53 seconds on the clock is an eternity for an explosive offense like Liberty's.
The Falcons have too many different options, too many slippery playmakers, too deep of a cache of weapons to subdue for long, especially late in an Arena League-like playoff game of can-you-top-this.
With 3:53 left in the fourth quarter, Sunset took a 44-43 advantage over Liberty in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs — the seventh lead change in a wild oscillating affair of offensive firepower. Staring at a must-score drive to have a shot at the quarterfinals, Brad Norman, Bryan Bafaro, Aidan Maloney and Marquis Brown barreled 80 yards in two-and-a-half minutes, culminating the march with a Cole Smith three-yard touchdown run to reclaim a 49-44 lead. Norman linked up with Brown on the two-point for the 51-44 final margin.