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Tiger trio steps up at Les Schwab Bowl

Adams, Floyd, Greene play well in the all-star tilt


by: DAN BROOD - OPENING A HOLE -- Tigard grad Cain Adams helps clear the way for Zach Floyd on a touchdown run for the South team. HILLSBORO — It was their last game together.

They’ll soon be going their separate ways.

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

And they almost helped lead their squad to an impressive victory.

Cain Adams, Zach Floyd and Kaz Greene, all three 2013 Tigard High School graduates, stepped up for the South squad — in a 21-14 back-and-forth setback to the North — in the 2013 Les Schwab Bowl, played Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.

“It was a good time,” Adams said after the game. “It was my last game with some good friends.”

“I’ve played with those guys since I was little,” said Floyd, who was named the South team’s Back of the Game. “I couldn’t ask to play with anyone better. They’re two of my best friends.”

In the all-star football game, which featured many of the top Class 5A and Class 6A graduating seniors from around the state, the South team definitely seemed to have a Tigard feel to it.

In addition to the three Tiger graduates, one of the squad’s assistant coaches was Tigard head coach Craig Ruecker.

“It was an honor to be in this game,” said Floyd, who led all rushers in the contest with 88 yards on 14 carries in addition to scoring both of the South’s touchdowns. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to play here.”

Meanwhile, while Floyd was running strong, the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Adams was anchoring the South offensive line, taking every offensive snap at left guard.

“Coach Ruecker wanted me to be the leader of the offensive line,” Adams said. “It was good. Our line was amazing.”by: DAN BROOD - CONCENTRATION -- Kaz Greene, a 2013 Tigard High School graduate, is about to catch a pass and head upfield for a 14-yard gain during Saturday's Les Schwab Bowl.

The North team took a 3-0 lead in the contest 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 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 — and the crucial drive definitely had Tiger prints all over it.

On the first play of the drive, Floyd, playing at quarterback in the wildcat formation, handed the ball to a sweeping Greene, who gained three yards running to the right side.

The drive ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by Floyd. On the scoring play, Adams helped open up a huge hole on the left side of the line, and Floyd sprinted to the end zone from there.

“I just yelled out ‘good block, baby,’” Floyd said with a smile.

“It was fun blocking for him again,” Adams said.

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 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. Greene and Floyd both had pass receptions, with Greene’s going for 14 yards, on a drive that ended on a failed fourth-down try at the North 20 yard line with 2:55 left to play.

From there, the North squad was able to hold on to get the victory.

“We definitely didn’t want to lose,” Floyd said.

Still, despite the loss, the Tigard players say the experience will be memorable.

by: DAN BROOD - TOUCHDOWN BOUND -- Zach Floyd, a 2013 Tigard High School graduate, breaks away from Wilsonville's Gunner Pollman on his way to scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run in Saturday's Les Schwab Bowl. Floyd scored a pair of touchdowns in the contest. “The whole week was a great experience,” Adams said. “It was so much fun. We all came together as a team. We definitely bonded.”

“It was great,” Floyd said. “I love all these guys. We bonded. It was like being on a whole new team.”

Adams, Floyd and Greene will all soon be moving on to their college destinations.

Greene will be playing college football at San Diego State University. Adams will be staying closer to home, as he’ll play at Linfield College in McMinnville.

“I’m really excited for that,” he said with a smile.

Floyd will start his college football career at the College of Siskiyous, located in Weed, Calif.

“I’ve got a lot to improve on,” he said. “I’m going to try and get bigger. I’ve got a lot to do.”

Wilsonville’s Tanner Shipley, who played for the North squad, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Les Schwab Bowl.



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