The eight-grade all-star football game to be played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium

HILLSBORO — Do you want to see the future of high school football??

Do you want to see the state's best eighth-grade players?

And do you want to see how they stack up against Washington's best?

If so, then the Cascade Showcase is for you.

Set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, the Cascade Showcase is an all-star football game pitting Oregon's best eighth-grade football players against a team of Washington's best.

According to the Showcase website, "The Cascade Showcase is built around highlighting the best football we as a state have to offer. To do this, the Cascade Showcase was constructed with tried and true methodologies of play that have been developed at the NCAA and NFL levels, then distilled down for eighth-grade students of the game."

Tigard and Tualatin will both be represented in the contest.

From Tigard, Asher Pelaez, who is listed as back, and, from Tualatin, Scott Wright and Malik Ross, both listed as backs, and lineman Nico Webb were selected to participate on the Oregon team.

"Featuring the top football players in the region, the Cascade Showcase was created to highlight the athletes that are making an impact both on and off the field for their programs," the Showcase website reports. "Selections were merit based and highly competitive. The program is free for the athletes thanks to the generous help from all of the supporting sponsors."

To emphasize player safety, the game will feature modified rules including no kickoffs (offenses will begin on their 25-yard lines) and restrictions on certain types of offensive formations and line stunting.

The game will be broadcast live at

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