Local gridders tabbed for Les Schwab Bowl
- The Times - Sports
A pair of Sherwood players, one each from Tualatin, Tigard to play in the all-star contest
PORTLAND - Four area seniors will get a chance to play another football game at the high school level.
And they just might get a chance to knock heads against each other.
A pair of Sherwood High School seniors and one each from Tigard and Tualatin high school have been selected to play in the 2007 Les Schwab Bowl, which will be held June 22 at PGE Park.
The game, which will start at 7 p.m., will feature many of the top graduating Class 6A and Class 5A players from around the state.
The Bowmen seniors, Derek Kotowski and Spencer Wolfley, will be members of the North team. Tigard's Karl Pututau and Tualatin's Kyle Johnson will be playing for the South squad. That means that the Sherwood duo could get a chance to go up face to face with their neighbors from Tigard and Tualatin during the all-star gridiron clash.
Wolfley (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), stared at both defensive end and tight end for the Bowmen team that won the initial Northwest Oregon Conference championship. He was the NWOC Lineman of the Year while also earning Class 5A first-team All-State honors on defense. He was an honorable mention all-state selection on offense.
Kotowski (6-2, 210), who played at fullback and linebacker at Sherwood, was named the NWOC Offensive Player of the Year. In the 2006 season, he rushed for a team-high 792 yards on 156 carries. He scored 17 touchdowns on the ground and added a receiving TD, giving him 18 scores and 108 points for the season.
In addition to his league Offensive Player of the Year honor, Kotowski was also a second-team Class 5A All-State selection.
Johnson (5-8, 200), a running back and defensive back at Tualatin, was named the Pacific Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. In his senior season with the Wolves, Johnson ran for 1,395 yards and 13 touchdowns on 266 carries.
He was also a first-team all-league pick on defense and
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earned Class 6A All-State honorable mention recognition on both offense and defense.
Pututau (6-1, 245), had a big season for the Tigers while playing at defensive end. He was both the Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a Class 6A first-team All-State selection.
Sherwood will have yet another representative at the game as Bowmen head coach Greg Lawrence, the NWOC Coach of the Year, will be an assistant coach for the North team.
The North team's head coach is Brad Mastrud of Southridge. The South team will be coached by Chris McGowen of Corvallis, who led the Spartans to the Class 5A state championship.
The North team includes players from the PIL, Metro League, Three Rivers League and Northwest Oregon Conference.
The South squad is made up of players from the Pacific Conference, Southwest Conference, Central Valley League, Mid-Willamette Conference and Midwestern League.
Other Pacific Conference players selected to the game include Josh Armstrong of McMinnville and Burke Ellis, Andy Luscutoff and Seth Giandomenico of Canby.
Other NWOC players selected to the game include Carl Sommers of Wilsonville and Cory Bean of Hillsboro.
Through June 2, tickets for the game are available through participating players.
For more information on the game, visit www.lesschwabbowl.com.