St. Helens' Colton Albertson and Westview's Boogie Davis did their best for their respective 70th Les Schwab Tires Bowl South offensive line and North defensive line on 90-plus-degree turf on Saturday, June 24, at Hillsboro Stadium, but in the end the intermittent wind blew the South's way.
Clackamas running back Jake McGreevy breached the South's 10-0 shutout from two yards away with 1:42 left, but West Salem wide receiver Keonte McMurrin got his hands on North kicker Tristan Lewis of Beaverton's fluttering onside kick at the North 48-yard line and helped to kneel away the rest of the precious 1:12 for the 10-7 win.
"The [Class 6A and Class 5A all-star game] was a lot of fun for me because it was really my last time to play football, and even though I didn't play with the guys on the team for long, it was still a journey during the game because we were all in it together," said Albertson, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound guard/tackle pursuing a career in electrical line work at a trade school. "It was nerve-racking until the end because you never know what would happen because we were playing the best in the state."
McGreevy's dive gilded an eight-play, 38-yard, 1-minute, 45-second drive sparked by Sunset quarterback Jason DuMont's heroism in which he relieved Oregon City's DeQuahn Dennis-Lee early in the fourth quarter and completed 12 of 23 passes for 130 of the North's 185 yards through the air.
Dennis-Lee ran for his life early as his line crumbled beneath the South's front seven that played with Wilsonville wide receiver Harrison Steiger's 17-yard first-quarter touchdown catch from Wyatt Smith of McMinnville at its back, but he scrambled and created nonetheless.
North cornerback Nolan Ostmo of Lincoln intercepted South quarterback Ty Hargis of Lebanon in the end zone to keep his side down only 7-0, but Grants Pass defensive back Jerin Appling's 28-yard field goal put his gang up 10-0 with 4:37 in the third.
In a crucial 1st-and-goal at the North 3 with seven minutes left, West Linn linebacker Mitchell Johnson stripped South running back Jash Allen (Tigard) of the football, Hillsboro linebacker Sage Roundtree scooped it and into the game came DuMont to lead the rally.
"I had a blast," said Davis, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end who helped Scappoose to a Class 4A state championship game appearance on the very same field as a junior, plans to major in business finance for Portland State University and pulled down six tackles including one for loss on Saturday. "Nothing like working hard with people to create a better bond, so chemistry was there for us and I would recommend it to any athlete."
DuMont's 4th-and-goal pass for Beaverton wideout Kendrick Ervin fell incomplete at the front right pylon at 4:20, but Davis and the North forced a punt, returned it to the South 38 and set up McGreevy's scoring drive.
Neither defense gave up much daylight as the South turned the ball over on downs three times and the North gave the ball away twice on downs and twice with fumbles.
South quarterback Wyatt Smith of McMinnville (6-for-10, 61 yards and a touchdown) received Most Valuable Player.
Allen (79 rush yards, nine yards receiving) and North linebacker Terrell "Rayray" West of Jefferson (eight tackles) were the Backs of the Game.
Cooger Smith of Redmond and the South (six tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss) and Roundtree (nine tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery) were the Linemen of the Game.
"What wasn't there to like about Colton," South coach Ty Tomlin of Class 5A champion Lebanon said. "First impression was he is a big humble, respectful, polite young man. Very very coachable, an athlete who always made eye contact when coaching him as well as 'yes sir' with every response. His knowledge of the game was also very impressive. As I or any other coach would give helpful hints on how this will make us better he -- listened -- then applied with not any further assistance or instruction from us. He hustled, worked hard in practice and was a steady right tackle for us. I wish I could have five 'o' line guys like Colton ... I would just like to thank him and his parents for raising such a great young man: He was truly a joy to coach and get to know, and I wish him nothing but the best for his future."
The week of the game included two practices per day at Pacific University in Forest Grove, a movie night, a wing-eating contest at Buffalo Wild Wings, dinner and bowling at Nicoli's Grill and Sports Bar in Lake Oswego, job interview training and volunteering at St. Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton.
"Boogie is a great kid," said North coach Chris Miller of Class 6A champion West Linn. "He has a great motor and loves playing the game, and he's an athletic young man as well with a fun-loving personality. He treated others very well."
With its third win in a row, the South evened the all-time series 33-33-4.
70th Les Schwab Bowl
Saturday, June 24
North 0 0 0 7 -- 7
South 7 0 3 0 -- 10
N Harrison Steiger 17-yard pass from Wyatt Smith (Jerin Appling PAT), :51
S Appling 28-yard field goal, 5:35
Jake McGreevy 2-yard run (Tristan Lewis PAT), 1:42