After helping lift the Lakeridge football team back to relevance over the past two seasons, Javier John was ready to get after it one more time.
John, a graduated senior from Lakeridge, did just that on Saturday, June 15, as a member of the North team in the annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. The South used a fast start — the team led by 12 points after the first quarter — to beat the North 33-28.
While John and his North teammates didn't get everything they wanted at the Schwab Bowl — the annual North vs. South high school all-star football game featuring the state's top graduated seniors — he enjoyed the ride just the same.
"It was a fun game, very fun. And it was a great week," said John, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive end who won first-team all-Three Rivers League honors in the fall after leading the Pacers to a third-place finish in the TRL, and later, into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. "It was fun to connect with all the players from different schools and build relationships with them."
The South team started fast on Saturday, using three long scoring passes — a 34-yard TD pass from Nate Overholt to Noah Page, a 72-yard scoring strike from DeMontre Thomas to Page and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Page — to grab a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The North outscored the South 20-13 the rest of the way, got the ball back with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left to play and had a chance to win the contest before finally falling short.
"We were both really good teams. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things from different coaches," said John, who will play next season at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California. "But I got blocked in the back a couple of times and I was getting to the quarterback too fast."
For the game, John finished with two tackles, including one sack for a 14-yard loss.
Overall, John said he was thankful for the opportunity to participate in the game and excited about what lies ahead at College of the Siskiyous. In addition to John, several other players who participated in the Les Schwab Bow will play next year at Siskiyous.
"There's several players from both these teams going to Siskiyous. I know a couple of them," he said. "Hopefully, I'll play on both sides of the ball."
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