LES SCHWAB BOWL: North tops South in sloppy game

Contributed photo of Kobbi R. Blair/Statesman Journal P.J. Schubert, wearing blue with gold helmet at photo center, of Pendleton High School, and fellow athletes compete in the Les Schwab Bowl, an all-star football game for graduating seniors from schools in Classes 6A and 5A at Hillsboro Stadium Saturday, June 21, 2014.

HILLSBORO — The 2014 Les Schwab Bowl highlighted the joys and pitfalls of all-star football as big plays were overshadowed by 16 penalties and 12 turnovers.

The North defeated the South 31-21 on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium and sealed the win on a late interception return for a score.

Pendleton’s P.J. Schubert and Hermiston’s Costa Rodriguez were both selected by the state’s coaches as members of the South team.

Schubert started at offensive tackle, and Rodriguez was a reserve defensive back that had one of his team’s five takeaways.

The North scored the game’s first 10 points, but the South erased it in the second quarter after Rodriguez followed the offense’s first score with an interception of Central Catholic’s Aidan Wilder. Rodriguez pilfered the Portland State-bound quarterback’s pass at the South 22 and didn’t advance it.

His teammates had the ball taken right back on their third play when Sherwood linebacker Jake Reimer picked off South quarterback Danial White, but the South defense kept its momentum running.

North Medford defensive lineman Hunter Hermansen scooped up a North bobbled snap and took it 58 yards for the score and a 14-10 lead, its last of the game.

Another South fumble at its own 46 gave the North the ball with less than a minute left in the first half, and Wilder scored his second keeper of the game from six yards out on a fourth-and-four to regain the lead at 17-14.

Clackamas running back Dan Sherrell padded the North’s lead on a 13-yard scamper in the third quarter. The South closed to within 24-21, but Aloha’s Maurice McSwain intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to make the score 31-21 with 2:19 left in the game.

Rodriguez finished the game with three solo tackles and Schubert did not collect any statistics in his play on the line.

The Les Schwab Bowl is contested each year, matching the state’s top 6A-5A outgoing seniors as selected by coaches from around the state.

Schubert will look to continue his playing career at Oregon State University in the fall and Rodriguez has signed at Western Oregon University.

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