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Paola helps North win all-star bowl

by: Bill Wilson, Recent Sandy graduate Jordan Paola sheds a blocker during the North’s 49-25 win in the Les Schwab Oregon Bowl all-star game at PGE Park. Paola forced a fumble in the game.

PORTLAND - A handful of Mount Hood Conference players, including Sandy linebacker Jordan Paola, set the tone early with a defensive stop that sparked the North squad to a 49-25 blowout win over the South at the Les Schwab Oregon Bowl all-star game Friday, June 23.

The South turned an interception in the game's opening minute into an early touchdown, and quickly got the ball back for another scoring chance. But the threat ended when Barlow's Brady Camp broke free for a quarterback sack near midfield to force the first of seven punts by the South in the first half.

Earlier in the series, Reynolds lineman Dylan Day crashed into a South running back for a 4-yard loss, and Centennial's Patrick Stoudamire stepped in front of the receiver to knock down a pass near the first-down marker.

The North squad dominated the rest of the way, extending to a 49-7 lead on a pair of second-half touchdowns by Jesuit's Keo Camat. The lopsided score prompted game officials to enforce a kickoff rule that allowed the South to take four straight possessions down the stretch, while the North's offense stayed on the sideline for most of the fourth quarter.

Camp was named the Outstanding Lineman for the North squad after consistently pressuring opposing quarterbacks from his right end position.

Day also came up with a couple big plays in the second half, shooting through a gap in the middle and knocking the quarterback to the turf as he released the ball. The rushed throw fell incomplete. A few minutes later, he hit a runner in the backfield to stop a South drive inside the 20-yard line.

Paola forced a fumble and had a couple tackles from his linebacker position and also was part of the North's special teams units.

Beaverton quarterback Kevin Riley was named the game's Most Valuable Player, completing 16 of 26 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.