There weren't too many highlights for the North squad during last weekend's Les Schwab Bowl. The South ended its losing streak, turning in a stellar performance on defense to come away with a 24-6 win.
But, of the few highlights that came offensively for the North, Lake Oswego's Zach Young was prominently involved in many of them.
Trailing 10-0, the North squad put the ball in Young's hands and he quickly responded with a 34-yard burst in what would be his team's longest play from scrimmage of the evening.
'We're all itching to play. Most of us are used to being in for every play on both sides of the ball so it's a little different,' Young said.
Moments later, a pass interference penalty moved the North into scoring range. Young carried the ball to the one-yard line and then ran a sweep to the right and fought to get into the end zone for what would be the North's only points.
'It was nice getting the one score. I'm glad we didn't get that goose egg,' Young said.
Young would end up with 13 carries and 61 yards in a game where yardage was hard to come by. For his efforts he received the North team's Most Valuable Back award.
Neither running game was able to get much going. Lakeridge's Luke Schindler was part of the North's talented line that held the South to just 81 yards on the ground.
Schindler recorded one solo tackle for the North.
The South got off to a quick start, tallying a 24-yard field goal midway through the opening stanza. A few minutes later, the South got the ball back and, after a pass interference penalty, Jordan Bishop caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Beau Walker.
That made the score 10-0 before the North responded with Young's touchdown just moments before the end of the first quarter.
There was hardly any offense to be found in the second quarter which featured six combined punts, an interception and a fumble.
In the game, the two teams had nearly equal total yardage and the North actually had the ball for longer but four turnovers cost the team dearly.
Early in the third quarter, Bishop, the game's MVP, caught his second touchdown of the game, an acrobatic reception in the corner of the end zone.
The North really only threatened to score once more in the game when the defense pinned the South deep in its own territory.
The North went for it on fourth down on South's side of the field but came up short.
With just over two minutes to play in the game, the South caught the North off guard by taking to the air and completing a 66-yard touchdown strike from AJ Palazzo to Will Murphy.
Prior to the game, the players spent a week practicing together and getting to know each other. Many of the players made friends with athletes that had been league rivals for much of their high school careers.
'I was just looking forward to getting out here and meeting all of these guys. You hear about them all the time. To get to know them on a personal level was the best part of the experience,' Young said.
Young will attend Santa Rosa Junior College next year and leaves in mid-July. Schindler is still undecided about where he will be in the fall.