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LOHS grads end high school career on a winning note

Anderson, Lomax play last game together as all-stars at Les Schwab Bowl


by: VERN UYETAKE - Mitch Lomax, left, and Jack Anderson shake hands during last week's Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. The pair represented the North squad well in a 21-14 victory. Two standouts on what was a stellar Lake Oswego High School football team soon will be going their separate ways.

But, in their final game as teammates, they definitely made an impact.

And they helped lead their squad to an impressive victory.

Mitch Lomax and Jack Anderson, both 2013 LOHS graduates, stepped up for the North squad — in a 21-14 back-and-forth victory over the South — in the 2013 Les Schwab Bowl, played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

North now leads 32-30-4 in the all-time series, which has featured alternating winners for seven-consecutive years. South won 21-0 last year.

Lomax, a 6-4, 240-pound tight end/linebacker, ended his high school football career with three solo tackles and assisted on two others — one of those for a 2-yard loss. Lomax also carried the ball one time for no gain. He was selected first team all-state linebacker and second team all-state.

"Mitch runs so well for a big kid. He has some exceptional God-given talent," Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury said.

He was the fifth Lomax to play in the Les Schwab Bowl, joining his grandfather (1953), father (1977) and two brothers (2004 and 2008). In the fall, Mitch will attend Azusa Pacific University on a football scholarship.

Anderson, a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver/safety, finished the Schwab Bowl with one solo tackle. He was a 10-time letterman in football, basketball and baseball for the Lakers and as a a senior, he was voted first team all-state as a safety and second team all-state as a wide receiver.

"Heading into the year, we knew we had to get Jack touches. He's just a special athlete and a tough kid who never missed practice," Coury said.

He will be attending Oregon State University on a baseball scholarship.

"Both of those guys did so much for us on both sides of the ball. They were all-purpose guys and we're definitely going to miss them," Coury said.

In the bowl football game, which featured many of the top Class 5A and Class 6A graduating seniors from around the state, both sides were into it and the score remained close all the way to the last whistle.

The North team took a 3-0 lead on a 32-yard field goal by Central Catholic's Mitch Seeley, coming with 10 minutes and 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

The South squad came back to take a 7-3 lead with 7:33 remaining in the second quarter when Tigard's Zach Floyd sprinted around left end for a 14-yard touchdown.

Another Seeley field goal, coming in the final minute of the period, cut the South lead to 7-6 at halftime.

There was no scoring in the third quarter, but the North squad went up 14-7 when Lincoln quarterback John Williams threw a 12-yard TD pass to Milwaukie's Kendrick Bourne on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But the South answered right back, putting together a nine-play, 67-yard scoring drive to tie the game. On the scoring play, Floyd sprinted to the end zone from there.

Floyd's second TD of the game tied the contest at 14-14 with 11:20 left in the game.

The North reclaimed the lead for good when Oregon City's Mitchell Thompson scored on a 1-yard blast with 9:34 remaining in the contest.

The South team tried to rally the rest of the way but the North squad was able to hold on to get the victory.

North amassed 423 yards of offense (259 passing, 164 rushing). South had 322 yards (221 on the ground, 101 in the air).

Wilsonville receiver and Boise State signee Tanner Shipley, playing for North, caught three passes for 80 yards and was named the game’s most valuable player. Gresham’s Devauntae Hoffman gained 72 yards on 13 carries and was named North’s back of the game. Jon Kenion, of Clackamas, was honored as the North’s top lineman.

Tigard product Zach Floyd ran 14 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns and was named the South’s star back. Chet Spears of Sheldon was voted South’s lineman of the game.

The all-stars participated in a variety of activities in the week leading up to the all-star showcase. In addition to practicing at Pacific University in Forest Grove, they held an eating contest at Buffalo Wild Wings, enjoyed friendly competition against South’s players in bowling and visited with patients at a local children’s hospital.

— Pamplin Media Group's Dan Brood, Jeff Goodman, Matt Sherman and Martin Forbes helped in putting this story together.




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