High School senior Ethan Edgerly recently had the opportunity to play in the Les Schwab Bowl.
"It was super fun," Edgerly said. "Just having the opportunity to play with a lot of kids that are going to different levels of college football, like Division I, and going to places like Oregon State. Making connections with those kids was super fun."
Edgerly played for the North team in the game played at Hillsboro on June 15. The game, featuring all-stars from the 5A and 6A levels, became one of the closest matchups in recent years. It went down to the final play as the South held on to take a 33-28 victory.
The South jumped out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter, then held on late to win.
Late in the game, the North had one final chance, gaining possession of the ball on their own 20- yard line with 33 seconds to go. However, North quarterback Jackson Laurent was sacked on his own 10-yard line as the South took over on downs. The South team then took a knee as time expired in the game.
Edgerly, who played quarterback at La Salle his senior year, played wide receiver in the Les Schwab Bowl, catching three passes for 49 yards.
"I think a lot of us that came from smaller schools were very impressed with how competitive we could be with those big names," he said. "It was cool because a lot of those kids you see around Portland and you don't really like them because they are rivals, but then throughout the week before the game you develop a certain brotherhood and it's cool that you can do that with different players from different teams around the Portland area."
Edgerly added that the best thing about competing in the Les Schwab Bowl was the week before the game, when players got to know each other and practiced in preparation for the game.
Although he still lives in Prineville, after his sophomore year of high school, Edgerly transferred from Crook County High School to La Salle Prep High School, which is located in the Portland metropolitan area.
"It was super hard, especially in my first year when I first moved away from Prineville and my parents," he said. "It was tough, but it was a great opportunity. I think it helped develop character in me and helped develop me not only as a football player, but as a man."
In addition to playing football at La Salle Prep, Edgerly also wrestled at Clackamas High School, earning a high place at this year's Class 6A State Wrestling Championships.
Edgerly, who weighed 195 pounds during football season, cut weight all the way to 145 pounds for the state wrestling tournament.
Since then, he has been bulking back up to get ready to play football at Lewis & Clark University, where he intends to be a wide receiver.
"I just have to focus this summer on getting bigger, getting stronger and faster and just stick with the program that they gave me," Edgerly said. "Just trust the system."
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