The Pioneer senior running back rushed for over 2,100 yards

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Three Rivers League coaches have honored Oregon City senior Mitchell Thompson as their 2012 Offensive Player of the Year. Thompson rushed for close to 2,200 yards in 10 games this season and he rushed for at least 100 yards in every game.Mitchell Thompson was a huge part of the offense for Oregon City High School’s football team this fall, and the Three Rivers League coaches acknowledged Thompson’s stellar season by honoring the 5-8, 170-pound senior as their league Offensive Player of the Year.

Thompson this fall rushed for 2,162 yards in 10 games, averaging 7.8 yards a carry and scoring 24 touchdowns.

He rushed for over 100 yards in every game and for over 200 yards in six games. Thompson rushed for a season high 353 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries in a 42-36 win over Clackamas.

Oregon City coach Kevin Strasser commended Thompson: “Mitch’s work ethic, strength and speed made him one of the best in the state.”

“Mitch was the heart and soul of this team,” Strasser said. “The way he approached the game and practice was a constant reminder to the rest of the team as to what it takes to be successful....

“I believe Mitch is a scholarship-type-kid, most likely at the Big Sky level.”

“[Receiving the Player of the Year honor] means a lot,” Thompson said. “Obviously it had a lot to do with my great offensive line that made it possible for me to get all those yards.

“I was pretty happy I got [the honor]. Lake Oswego, Canby and Clackamas all had amazing offensive players too, and that made it that much better. It’s pretty awesome!”

A lifetime resident of Oregon City, Thompson has excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. He sports a weighted 3.7 GPA.

Thompson says he plans to study engineering and play football in college.

“Math is my best subject, and I’ve got some uncles who are engineers,” he said.

Thompson says he is still early in the recruiting process.

“I’ve received a couple of calls from Division III coaches,” he said. “Me and my running back coach are in the process of putting some highlight films together to mail out to Big Sky and Division II schools.”

Thompson was among five Oregon City players who received TRL first-team all-star recognition, as the Pioneers went 5-5 on the season (3-2 in league), losing to Thurston 30-28 in the first round of the state playoffs, after finishing third — behind Lake Oswego (5-0) and Canby (4-1) in the TRL.

Other Oregon City players getting the nod to the first team included: senior Mason Kloer (offensive line), senior Michael McCoy (defensive line), senior Kale Davis (linebacker), and junior Josh Miller (offensive line).

Oregon City seniors Justin Cornejo (wide receiver) and Jackson Peters (cornerback) were second-team all-league selections.

Pioneer juniors Matt Oades (wide receiver), Tony Corvi (defensive Line) and Austin Bjorkman (linebacker) also made the second team, along with Oregon City freshman Trevon Bradford (cornerback).

TRL defensive Players of the Year honors went jointly to Lake Oswego senior lineman Austin Faunce and Laker senior linebacker Mitch Lomax.

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