Full contact, full padded football in late June?
Thanks for the reprieve, Les Schwab Bowl.
The 70th anniversary of the annual North vs. South High School All-Star football game will be played on Saturday, June 24, at Hillsboro Stadium with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. The annual contest features the top graduating seniors from Oregon's 6A and 5A high schools.
The Metro League, as it is perennially, will be heavily featured. 11 Metro players will suit up in the LSB, which is the second-highest amount of conference-based participants behind the Three Rivers League, which sports 12 entrants.
Many of the Metro stars are a "who's who" of one of the top two leagues in the state, central football figures who played big roles on their respective teams for multiple seasons. Beaverton head coach Bob Boyer and Jesuit head coach Ken Potter are part of the North team's coaching staff. Three of Jesuit's famed offensive line will suit for the North squad: Jarred and Joel Daul as well as Trevor Pixley. Jarred (Brown University) and Joel (University of San Diego) can play either side of the football and have the ability to contribute at a multitude of positions, not just in the trenches. Pixley finished his high school career with a 4.12 GPA, the highest on the Crusader football team, and will play football at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
Westview two-way lineman Boogie Davis was a huge boon for the Wildcats after transferring over from Scappoose before his senior season. A 6-foot-3 specimen with huge hands and grown-man strength, Davis held it down at defensive end and formed a formidable defensive line combination with Brandon Pili up front.
Sunset quarterback Jason DuMont's future is on the diamond, as the former Apollo shortstop will suit up for the San Jose State University baseball team next year. But, in the pocket throwing the pigskin, DuMont was supreme. As a junior DuMont threw for 2,200 yards and 24 touchdowns and as a senior, he tossed 2,800 yards and 20 touchdowns including a six-touchdown gem against Aloha that tied a 6A single-game state record. DuMont often saved his top outings for the best competition, particularly in the postseason in two outstanding outings versus Sheldon.
Aloha all-purpose threat Paul Frazier literally did everything for the Warriors this past fall, catching passes at wide receiver, manning the secondary at safety, returning kicks at a high level on special teams and playing quarterback from time-to-time. Frazier finished second in the state for kickoff returns with three touchdowns and 536 yards on kickoff return attempts.
Beaverton wide receiver Kenny Ervin blossomed into a big-play threat on the perimeter for Boyer and offensive coordinator Jimmy Joyce with 67 catches and 659 yards.
Playing opposite of Mataio Talalemotu and alongside Lucas Radostitz while hauling in passes from Carson Crawford, Ervin earned plenty of targets and opportunities in the Beavers' high-flying offense. Beaverton kicker Tristan Lewis played just one year of varsity football but left a lasting impressing with his huge leg that pinned teams back in their own territory and buried field goals from deep. Beaverton linebacker Jacob Williams was arguably the Beavers' heart and soul on defense, a team captain who anchored the middle and led his team in tackles this season.
There are plenty of postseason all-star games throughout the summer, showcasing the state's best players and honoring the graduating seniors one final time.
This all-star contest, however, diverts from the norm in that there's a week-long prelude to the game itself, chalked full of team practices and off the field activities designed to help out the community and create friendships between the players. Oftentimes these excursions form life-long bonds between long-standing foes.
Heated rivals who once talked incessant smack to one another on the field and brooded against one another on social media are brought together and frequently they have much more in common than originally thought. At the end of the game, it's common for the previously fiery competitors to exchange numbers and stay in touch for years after the contest is finished.
The teams are housed at Pacific University and practice twice a day in preparation for the game. Throughout the week, players go out into the community with various nightly activities and service projects including hospital visits and coaching and mentoring at-risk youths.
Proceeds from the Les Schwab Tires Bowl presented by Express Employment Professionals benefit the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association general scholarship fund and all of Oregon's 5A and 6A schools.
The OACA represents over 3000 members/coaches involving all OSAA sanctioned sports. Charitable work is done through a partnership with the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association, Les Schwab Tires and Prime Time Sports.
The OACA has been involved with the game since it's inception as the Oregon Shrine Game in 1948. The Les Schwab Tires Bowl presented by Express Employment Professionals is marketed and managed by Prime Time Sports, a sports marketing and event management firm in Wilsonville.