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Robert Lohman joins South in 69th Les Schwab Tires Bowl

South wins 16-14 on Westview senior Zach Emerson's 45-yard field goal


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior quarterback Robert Lohman, center, joined the 69th Les Schwab Tires Bowl South team, which beat the North team 16-14 on Mountain View High kicker Zach Emerson's 45-yard field goal with 1:35 left, on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.Zach Emerson put the South through the uprights.

The Mountain View (Bend) senior's 45-yard field goal gave the South a 16-14 win and sealed Emerson's Player of the Game award in the 69th Les Schwab Tires Bowl on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

Scappoose all-state first-team senior quarterback Robert Lohman — the Class 6A/5A senior showcase's only Class 4A star next to Valley Catholic linebacker Avery Jones — spelled Crater (Central Point) quarterback Matt Struck for a few plays in the first half.

Clackamas quarterback Wyatt Hutchinson found Westview wide receiver Samari Toure for a 26-yard touchdown and a 14-10 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, but Emerson's 32-yard field goal cut the sudden deficit to 14-13 with 9:15 to play.

The South led 10-0 at halftime but had to force a turnover on downs at its own 7 with 5:30 left.

Emerson's 45-yard boot put his side up 16-14 with 1:35 to go, and Grants Pass defensive back Jake Stoffel picked Hutchinson for the second time on the next play.

Hutchinson completed 15 of 28 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and Struck completed 22-of-37 passes for 192 yards.

La Salle Prep's Jalonte Walker and Hermiston's Tre Neal were named Linemen of the Game.

Stoffel and Clackamas' David Benintendi and were the Backs of the Game.

The South won for the second year in a row, but the all-time record is 33-32-4 in the North's favor.

The North and South dove into a wing-eating contest — which the North won — at Buffalo Wild Wings, exchanged friendly banter at the bowl banquet and went through job interview training by Express Employment Professionals in the days leading to the game.

Lohman threw for 2,759 yards, 34 touchdowns and five interceptions and carried 110 times for 458 yards and 11 scores as Scappoose repeated as league champions and reached its first state title game in 13 years.

He will join Scappoose senior wide receiver Brennen McNabb in the 64th Oregon East-West Shrine Football Game on August 6 in Baker City.

Lohman, also an all-Cowapa League basketball guard as a senior, has committed to studying business at and playing football for College of the Siskiyous (Weed, Calif.) in the fall.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians Class 4A all-state senior quarterback Robert Lohman (12) greets Class 6A Westview all-state defensive back Samari Toure (14) in pre-game introductions at the Les Schwab Tires Bowl on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium. The South took the game 16-14.CORRECTION: Friday, June 24's issue reported that Lohman was the only Class 4A selection, when in fact Jones was another. The Spotlight regrets the error.