Lake Oswego's Casey Filkins selected for All-American Bowl
Lake Oswego senior Casey Filkins has been an all-leaguer.
The Lakers' star running back has also been an all-stater and the Oregon Player of the Year.
But Filkins laid claim to another title on Monday, Nov. 18 — All-American.
Filkins, the reigning Oregon Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year, is the only Oregon athlete selected to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl, an annual East vs. West matchup of the nation's top 100 high school football players. The game will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be nationally televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.
Filkins was honored Monday when the All-American Bowl's "Road to the Dome" promotion visited Lake Oswego High School to present him with his No. 20 game jersey. Filkins, a four-star recruit who has verbally committed to Stanford University, took the opportunity to thank his parents, coaches, teammates and others who have helped lead to his success on the football field.
"I just want to thank everybody for coming," he said. "All your support over the past four years has been cardinal to my success and I'm very honored to be in this position representing our community."
Filkins went on to thank God for "the blessings and drive he instilled in me," his parents ("I would not be here without your love, dedication and support"), Lakers head coach Steve Coury ("You have watched me grow from a 14-year-old kid to who I am now and you've guided me every step of the way") his teammates, girlfriend, Stanford and Shannon Ferbrache of Adidas.
Through 11 games this season — and despite the incredible attention he's gotten from opposing defenses — Filkins has rushed 222 times for 1,927 yards and 31 touchdowns. He's also caught 20 passes for 210 yards and one TD, and passed for 128 yards and another two scores.
"I'm so honored to represent our team and high school and our city in this game," Filkins said. "The relationships we've built have gone so far beyond football and it's something I'll never forget. You've all been a huge part of who I am today."
While Filkins was focused on sharing thanks and giving credit to others, Coury and Ferbrache pointed out just how much work Filkins has put in and how much he's given back to his school and team.
"He is a class character, a kid who knows how to treat people right, who does all the right things. (He's) great in school, headed to Stanford, which is a huge accomplishment as you can imagine," Coury said. "We have a saying around here, 'Tradition never graduates.' I'll always remember Casey and all the things he did, but I'll remember most the things I'm talking about now — character, what he brought to the program and the things he brought to the school."
"Of the million kids who play football, 100 get selected for this game, and yeah, you've got to be a great player, but you also have to be a great student (and) a great community member," Ferbrache said. "Casey, this is so deserved and so well-earned and you deserve everything you get."
In addition to Filkins' selection to the West team, Coury — now in his 28th year at LO's helm — was named as the West team's head coach; he'll also be joined by longtime Laker assistant Karl Halberg on the West team's staff.
As great as all that was, Filkins and Coury had other matters on their minds — notably their team's quarterfinal matchup against Lakeridge at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Lake Oswego High School.
"I can't wait (for) when we go down there to San Antonio and be a part of it one more time with Case, (but) we're not done here," Coury said. "We've got more work to do and the autograph session will be a little shorter than usual because we've got practice."
"Again, thank you all so much for coming," Filkins added. "I'm excited to represent our community with coach Coury in this game on January 4th, but let's take care of business here first and go get another title. Go Lakers."
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