Jarrod Howard caught team-high seven passes

Jarrod Howard put up some of the best receiving numbers in the state this past football season, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise to see the West Linn product shine in the Les Schwab Bowl.

Howard caught a team-high seven passes for 43 yards and helped North defeat South 21-14 in Oregon’s annual prep all-star game June 22 at Hillsboro Stadium.

“That’s how I end my high school career!!” he tweeted after the game. “On top!!”

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.

Howard, who will continue his athletic career at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., made his presence felt throughout the game.

On the opening drive, he gained 8 yards on a pass from Hillsboro-Century quarterback Sam Riddle. North scored five plays later on a field goal by Central Catholic kicker Mitch Seeley.

Howard also made two key defensive stop as a defensive back in the opening quarter, assisting on one tackle and logging his only solo tackle of the game on a futile South drive.

Early in the second quarter, Howard and Wilsonville linebacker Gunner Pollman brought down Eugene-Sheldon tight end Mike Ralson for an 18-yard loss on third down.

Howard then moved the chains twice with receptions late in the first half. The drive led to another field goal by Seeley, who trimmed South’s edge to 7-6.

With the game tied at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter, Howard caught a pass two plays before Oregon City running back Mitchell Thompson scored the game-winning touchdown for North.

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.

Howard and his all-star teammates 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.

“We had ourselves a good week,” Howard wrote on Instagram.

The week capped a standout senior year for the first-team all-league receiver and defensive back. He set West Linn records with 16 receptions and 283 yards in one game, which rank third and fifth in state history, respectively. Howard also led Class 6A with 73 receptions and was second in the state with 1,068 receiving yards.

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