North rallies for impressive Schwab victory
West Linn lineman Eric Pitassi earned a starting nod for the North team in last weekend's Les Schwab Bowl and he ended up being a part of one of the biggest comeback's in the game's long history.
The North rallied from a 31-7 deficit at the half and scoring a touchdown in the final minute to win 42-38.
The comeback was led by a spectacular performance from Lincoln quarterback Peter Williams who had three touchdown passes and a five-yard touchdown scramble all in the third quarter to help the North make up the entirety of its deficit in a 15-minute stretch.
The South scored on its first three drives and the North fumbled at the South squad's one-yard-line to end its best effort of the first quarter.
After falling behind 21-0, the North capitalized on a South fumble with a three-play 33-yard drive, punctuated by Centennial's Ivan Palavra's five-yard touchdown run.
But the South continued to dominate the first half.
Tualatin's Matt Yarbrough completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Marshfield's Ryan Scoville and, with one minute to play in the half, Crater's Austin Siegel connected on a 35-yard field goal to make it 31-7 at the break.
The North started its comeback on its first drive of the third quarter.
Williams led the team down the field before hitting Glencoe's Hayden Plinke for a 30-yard touchdown on third down.
The North's defense also put together a much improved effort in the second half, yielding just one first down on the South's first two drives.
The North struck again midway through the third quarter, getting solid running by Hillsboro's Michael Rodriguez to set up another strike from Williams to Plinke, this time from 15 yards out, cutting the lead to 31-21.
After another three-and-out by the South, which gave the North the ball in South territory, Williams led a nine-play, 43-yard drive that ended with a 100-yard screen pass to Sunset's Kyler Bruno for a 10-yard score.
The South would then turn the ball over and the North would score six plays later, this time on a keeper by Williams and, at the end of the third quarter, the North had remarkably taken the lead.
But the game was far from over.
Both teams struggled to move the ball early in the fourth quarter and it became a game of field position.
The South would finally break through again, after recovering a North fumble.
Yarbrough completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to West Albany's Jackson Ruckert to take the lead with less than three minutes to play.
The North took over for its final stand on the 20-yard line and Williams had two big completions, including a 33-yard strike to Lake Oswego's Cole Naone, to put the team within scoring range.
Williams then converted on third-and-10 before Aloha's John Shaffer punched the ball in from six yards out with just 22 seconds to play in the game, sealing the victory.
Williams ended the game with 267 yard passing and 22 yards rushing.