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The 2019 iteration of the event proved once again why the yearly North vs. South high school all-star football game is worthy of your adoration, with the South team holding off a furious North charge to win 33-28 at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday, June 15.
Pamplin Media Group sure showed its love this week. While the local daily wrote about the "hostile" nature of the contest — in other words, high school boys being competitive with each other — PMG's sports editors wrote about players' efforts, their triumphs, their future plans and their dedication to service.
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Brand new friendships.
And, to top it all off, a spirited, thrilling victory in a game between teams featuring many of the top players in the state.
In other words, a handful of local high school football stars got it all.
Carter Atkins and Jackson Barton, both 2019 Sherwood High School graduates, Tigard grads Isaia Porter and Malcolm Stockdale and Tualatin graduate Jett Searle helped power the South team to a 33-28 win over the North in the 72nd-annual Les Schwab Bowl, a high school football all-star game featuring many of the top graduating Class 6A and Class 5A players from around the state, played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
The seniors from the Lake Oswego football team accomplished almost everything imaginable in their final year as Lakers.
So when Lake Oswego's Mike Mercep, Gabe DeVille, Keenan DeRaeve and Jackson Laurent got the chance to compete one last time in the Les Schwab Bowl on Saturday, June 15, they weren't about to let the opportunity pass them by. The Schwab Bowl is the annual North vs. South high school all-star football game featuring the state's top graduated seniors.
In the end, the South used a fast start — the team led by 12 points after the first quarter — to beat the North 33-28. Despite the loss, the Lakers — the 2018 Class 6A state champions — loved every minute of their time together on the gridiron.
In their final game as high school athletes, Wilsonville graduates Nathan Overholt, Cade Edmondson, Jonah Gomez, and Trevor Antonson competed in the Les Schwab Bowl for the South Team on Saturday, June 15. The South team was able to beat the North, winning 33-28 in regulation.
It was a solid showing from the former Wildcats. Overholt threw 8-of-18 for a pair of touchdowns and 158 yards, connecting on a long pass of 59 yards.
The quartet of East County all-stars took their turns making big plays to keep the North squad within striking distance, but a series of empty possessions in the fourth quarter doomed the team to a 33-28 loss to the South in Saturday night's Les Schwab Bowl.
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.
The North made its share of big plays on both sides of the ball during Friday night's 72nd Les Schwab Bowl All-Star Football Game.
The South made more.
Eagle Point's Noah Page caught touchdown passes of 34, 50, and 72 yards — all in the first quarter — leading the South to a 33-28 victory in the annual prep football showcase, featuring the state's top graduating 6A and 5A seniors at Hillsboro Stadium.
It was a great night for football.
You don't hear that very often in June, but it was the case for the 2019 Les Schwab Bowl June 15 at Hillsboro Stadium.
The game, pitting the state's best senior talent into teams representing the north and the south, was played under clear skies and near 80-degree temperatures. Following a quick start, one which led to a 13-0 lead, the South hung on as the North battled back to secure a 33-28 victory in front of 6,511 spectators.
When you're Southridge's Kade Hustler and been the biggest, baddest dude on the football field since the third grade, racking up body counts, you're bound to pick a few adversaries along the way.
As the lone Jesuit representative stepping into a room full of wolves who could never beat you or your team, Zach Carr was certain to get a few sideways glances initially.
Sunset senior Marve Nyembo put many a Metro League opponent on his personal Hudl highlight reel, especially this past fall when he wrecked every school up and down the district.
The Les Schwab Bowl brought this pack of all-league alphas together and put them on one team, representing the North. Name tags weren't necessary. Reputations of each player preceded themselves.
It's been a long time since Oregon's biggest high school football all-star contest was known as The Shrine Game.
Indeed, after 50 years as The Shrine Game, the contest was re-christened as — in order — City vs. State, State vs. Metro, the Oregon Bowl, and currently, the Les Schwab Bowl.
Through each of these iterations, however, the commitment to service that was part of the very first Shrine Game has remained a constant.