Play of the Day: The best from Week 1 in high school football
For Week 1 of the 2019 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.
SOUTH MEDFORD 40, CENTENNIAL 13: The visiting Panthers were clinging to a 7-6 halftime lead on Friday, Sept. 6, before Centennial committed four turnovers in the first five minutes of the second half to fall behind 33-6, the first of those when South Medford lineman Nate Krupp recovered a fumble in the end zone to start the onslaught.
GLENCOE 14, HILLSBORO 7: Despite the deficit and the disadvantage in the trenches on Friday, Sept. 6, Hillsboro stayed the course and managed to pull within seven points when senior quarterback Kane Kiaunis hit tight end Nate Smith on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 9:24 remaining that cut the Crimson Tide's lead to 14-7. On the play, the Hillsboro quarterback rolled to his right and put the ball up high to the 6-foot-6 Smith in the right corner of the end zone. From there Smith did the rest, going up over the smaller Glencoe defensive back and hauling in the score that got the Spartans back in the game. "I love those kind of balls," Smith said. "I live for those plays and I knew he was going to come to me, so I just went up and caught it."
LINCOLN 26, CANBY 22: Trailing Lincoln 19-0 at Canby High School on Friday, Sept. 6, Canby quarterback Andrew Peters connected with Ronan Gay for a 30-yard touchdown to get the Cougars on the scoreboard and give them momentum entering the second half to spark a comeback.
BARLOW 34, BEND 8: Barlow took command quickly against Bend with touchdowns on its first two drives on Friday, Sept. 6. Playing in his first high school game, Bruins' senior receiver Durham Sundberg came up with a 22-yard catch down the middle to set up the team's second touchdown for a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
OREGON CITY 41, GRANTS PASS 39: After Oregon City's Calvin Green caught a game-tying, 28-yard touchdown pass from Trey Martin with 39 seconds to play in their home game against Grants Pass on Friday, Sept. 6, Pioneers' holder Austin Canchola bobbled the snap on the extra-point try, picked up the loose ball, scrambled out of trouble and floated a short pass to Morpheus "Momo" Nithikhun, who rumbled into the end zone for the game-winning two-point conversion at Pioneer Memorial Stadium. It marked the first time the Pioneers had led in the game since they were up 3-0 in the first quarter.
CROOK COUNTY 39, RIDGEVIEW 15: The Crook County Cowboys were clinging to an 18-7 lead and were backed up deep in their own territory midway through the third quarter of their Friday, Sept. 6, home game against Ridgeview. Crook County quarterback Brody Connell dropped into punt formation on fourth-and-12, but the snap was low, Connell fielded it on one hop, then scrambled to his right before turning upfield and diving for the first down. Five plays and 70 yards later, the Cowboys scored to go up 26-7 and put the game away.
NORTH MARION 37, STAYTON 27: After trailing for the entire first half, the North Marion Huskies rallied to take the lead for good in the third quarter of their Friday, Sept. 6, game against Stayton when Sergio Jimenez and Isaijah Griggs connected for their third touchdown of the game, a 26-yard touchdown over the middle that put the Huskies ahead 31-27 midway through the third quarter. Jimenez went on to throw for 380 yards and five touchdowns in North Marion's home-opening victory over the Eagles.
TUALATIN 53, LAKERIDGE 7: On just the third play from scrimmage on Friday, Sept. 6, Tualatin senior Kainoa Sayre burst through a huge hole opened by the Timberwolf offensive line and sprinted 71 yards for the game's first touchdown against Lakeridge at Tualatin High School. Sayre, who missed his entire junior season due to injury, finished the game with 137 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 35, WEST LINN 27: West Linn pulled ahead of Central Catholic 27-21 on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Gavin Haines two plays into the fourth quarter of their contest at West Linn High School on Friday, Sept. 6, but the Rams were not done. Central Catholic, which blocked the Lions' PAT kick after Haines' score, answered with a 69-yard scoring drive that took just seven plays and ended when senior quarterback Cade Knighton hit senior wide receiver Silas Starr for a leaping, 9-yard TD grab at the left flag with 9:01 remaining in the game. Senior kicker Andrew Elmore's ensuing PAT gave the Rams a 28-27 lead they would not relinquish.
TIGARD 45, SUNSET 22: From the 4:56 mark in the third quarter through the 8:34 mark in the fourth, Tigard scored four unanswered touchdowns to beat Sunset in both teams' Friday, Sept. 6, opener. Three of those TDS came within two minutes of each other in a devastating 21-point fourth-quarter spree. The explosion, however, might never have gotten off the ground if not for the guts of Tigard's first-year head coach John Kemper and the execution of his players. Facing a fourth-and-8 from the Sunset 38-yard line, the rookie head coach elected to go for it, placing his trust in an offense that had yet to get it humming in the second half. But that faith was rewarded as quarterback Drew Carter hit a wide-open Max Lenzy up the left seam and the explosive pass-catcher did the rest, crisscrossing the gridiron through the Apollo secondary to paydirt for a critical 38-yard touchdown. Jackson Cleaver's PAT made it 24-14.
NEWBERG 42, SOUTH SALEM 16: On the very first play of the fourth quarter, leading South Salem 35-9 in both team's season opener on Friday, Sept. 6, Newberg put backup signal-caller Gavin Korkeakoski into the game. The sophomore proceeded to deliver a 54-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dwayne Buck, who was streaking down the sideline after burning his defender and catching the ball in stride. The Tigers ended up winning 42-16 in front of a packed house at Loran Douglas Field.
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