Bowmen, Tigers, Wolves set for Les Schwab Bowl
HILLSBORO — One more time.
One more chance.
One more — one final — chapter to their high school football careers.
That's the case for a pair of Bowmen, a pair of Tigers and a Timberwolf. And, to make things even more interesting, they're all going to be playing on the same team.
That's what's ahead this week for Carter Atkins and Jackson Barton, both 2019 Sherwood High School graduates, Isaia Porter and Malcolm Stockdale, both 2019 Tigard grads, and Jett Searle, a 2019 Tualatin graduate.
The five local stars will wrap up their high school football careers when they play in the 72nd-annual Les Schwab Bowl, a high school football all-star game, which will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
The game will feature many of the top graduating Class 5A and Class 6A players from around the state.
Atkins, Barton, Porter, Stockdale and Searle will all be playing for the South squad in Saturday's game.
Atkins (6 foot, 215 pounds) will play at defensive end for the South squad. This past fall, as a Sherwood senior, Atkins was named the Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while also earning first-team all-conference accolades on the defensive line and being a second-team all-conference pick at center. Atkins also was a Class 6A all-state honorable-mention pick on the defensive line.
Atkins will play college football at Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Barton (6-1, 230) will play at offensive guard for the South team. This past fall, Barton shared the Pacific Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year honor. He was a first-team all-conference pick both at offensive guard and on the defensive line. Barton was also an all-state honorable-mention pick on the offensive line.
Barton will play college football at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
Porter (6-0, 245) will play on the defensive line for the South squad. Porter picked up all sorts of honors during his senior year at Tigard. He shared both the Three Rivers League Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year awards, while also being a first-team all-league pick on both offense and defense. Porter also was a Class 6A all-state first-team pick on both the offensive and defensive line.
Porter will be playing college football at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
Stockdale (5-8, 170) will be playing at running back for the South team. This fall, he was a first-team All-Three Rivers League selection and an honorable-mention all-state pick at running back.
For the season, Stockdale rushed for 2,074 yards and 36 touchdowns on 311 carries.
Stockdale will play football at the College of the Siskiyous, located in Weed, Calif., this fall.
Searle (6-0, 185) is listed as a wide receiver/defensive back for the South squad. This past fall, Searle was a first-team All-Three Rivers League selection on defense at safety, and an honorable-mention pick at receiver. He also was an honorable-mention all-state pick as a defensive back.
Searle is planning on walking on at Oregon State University this fall.
Another South player with local ties is Wilsonville graduate Cade Edmondson (5-10, 178), who will play at safety/outside linebacker. Edmondson played his first two years in high school at Horizon Christian.
Other Three Rivers League players slated to play in Saturday's game include Lake Oswego's Laurent Jackson, Keenan DeRaeve, Gabe DeVille and Michael Mercep, Lakeridge's Javier John and Oregon City's Brock Duyck and Isaiah Cook, who will all play for the North team.
Other Pacific Conference players set to play in Saturday's contest include Liberty's Brad Norman, Aiden Maloney and Diego Rodriguez, who will play for the North team, and McMinnville's Colton Smith, who will play for the South squad.
Thurston's Justin Starck is head coach of the South team, with assistants Jeff Auvinen from McNary, Erik Davis from Pendleton, Scott Gray from Thurston, Adam Guenther from Wilsonville, Todd Kaanapu from Churchill and Brian Mehl from West Albany.
Joe Bushman of Clackamas is the head coach of the North team, with assistants Chris Hubley from Lake Oswego, Eric Mahlum from Liberty, Brian Martinek from Jesuit, Damien Merrick from Sunset, Anthony Newman from Central Catholic and Steve Pyne of Central Catholic.
Ticket prices for the Les Schwab Bowl are: $20 for reserved premiere, $15 for reserved adult; $12 for reserved student; $10 for general admission adult and $8 for general admission student/senior.
Saturday's game will wrap up a week full of activities for the North and South teams.
Event proceeds from the Les Schwab Bowl benefit the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association general scholarship fund and all of Oregon's Class 5A and 6A schools.
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