PENDLETON — Nick Bower and Shaw Jerome have played football together in Pendleton since they were in middle school. And even though their Pendleton careers came to an end in November, the longtime friends now have one more chance to play together again.
Bower and Jerome were both recently selected to play in the prestigious Les Schwab Tires Bowl in Hillsboro this summer. The all-star game, which has been played every year since 1948, features the top senior football stars from Class 6A and 5A which are split up into North and South teams that battle head-to-head for bragging rights.
The 2018 game is set to kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th, at Hillsboro Stadium. Though the players will spend a week together practicing and doing team bonding events leading up to the game.
Bower, a quarterback, was a second team all-district selection as a senior for the Buckaroos as he threw for more than 2,000 yards and was responsible for 20-plus touchdowns on the season. He has signed to play college football at Pacific University in the fall.
And Jerome, a wide receiver, was a first team all-district and second team all-state pick for the Buckaroos. He was the team’s leading receiver with 51 catches for 636 yards and six touchdowns. Jerome has also signed to play college football at Western Oregon University.