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North regains Les Schwab trophy

Several local players help guide the North team to a 21-14 victory in the 66th annual Les Schwab Bowl


Some of the top football talent in the state was on display Saturday in the 66th annual Les Schwab Bowl, and four Hillsboro-area players were right in the middle of it all.by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Century offensive lineman Alex Sirois (77) blocks Redmond's Sumner Saulsbury during Saturday's Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadisum.

A yearly event, the Les Schwab Bowl gathers together the state’s top newly graduated big-school gridiron stars for a week of practices and outings that are capped by an all-star game at Hillsboro Stadium. On Saturday evening, former Century stars Sam Riddle, Alex Sirois and Sam Devedjian, and Glencoe graduate Trebriel Larry all contributed to the North team’s 21-14 victory in a back-and-forth affair against the South team, and Century coach Bill Smith also participated as the North offensive coordinator.

“It’s such a weird feeling, because you’ve only been with these guys since Monday, and I feel like I’ve been with them since the end of the football season last year,” said Riddle, who started at quarterback for the North team.

“It’s a great feeling to come together with a group of guys you don’t even know. It’s a great feeling to come together and create a friendship that you’ll have for the rest of your life. I know I’ve made friends with people on the team, and I’m so excited for everyone’s future and I wish them the best of luck.”

Riddle, who connected on 8-of-15 passing attempts for 95 yards and rushed eight times for 26 yards, helped the North crack the scoreboard on the opening drive of the game. The North Dakota-bound quarterback, who primarily played in the first and third quarters, steered the North offense to three first downs (one by penalty) until the drive stalled out on the South 16-yard line. That led to a 32-yard field goal by Central Catholic kicker Mitchell Seeley.

Riddle also connected with Jon Kenion of Clackamas on a two-point conversion three seconds into the fourth quarter that gave the North a short-lived 14-7 advantage before the South tied the game three and a half minutes later on a six-yard rushing touchdown by Tigard’s Zach Floyd.

The North team eventually won the game on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Oregon City’s Mitchell Thompson with 9:34 remaining.

The game marked a last hurrah of sorts for Riddle with good friends Sirois and Devedjian. Together, they helped the Jaguars to a third-place finish in the Pacific Conference and the second round of the Class 6A playoffs last fall.

“They’re my best friends, and I’ve known them since probably fifth, fourth grade, so it’s a great honor to have them be here with me,” Riddle noted.

The week of football was a warm-for Sirois, who said he was scheduled to report to Portland State on Sunday for the start of summer classes and workouts on Monday. Sirois started at guard, and the Les Schwab Bowl presented a chance to play against his future college roommate at PSU, Mountain View’s Chad Bach, who started at center for the South.

“We played against each other, so I kind of got bragging rights, so that’s cool,” Sirois said.

For Larry, the game gave him the chance to identify what he needs to work on over the summer in preparation for his freshman season at Western Oregon.

“I know just watching film or whatever on this game, I know I’m going to have a lot of work to do,” said Larry, who played defensive back for the North squad. “I got a couple penalties and stuff like that.”

But the former Crimson Tide standout also had a couple of defensive highlights, including a break-up of a third-down pass attempt late in the first quarter from Sheldon’s Taylor Alie to Marist’s Josh Harper. Larry also helped snuff out a late fourth-quarter South drive with some tight defense on Mountain View receiver John Carroll while North teammate Jack Anderson of Lake Oswego batted down the pass attempt.

Just as for his players, participating in the game — on his home field — was quite an honor for Smith.

“It’s very special,” said Smith, the Pacific Conference Coach of the Year last fall. “My kids at Century work so hard, it’s nice to be able to come to this game and run the Century offense. I find that very flattering to our program. So it was very cool.

“And to play here at Hillsboro Stadium — excellent. Great night.”

Devedjian was the league’s Lineman of the Year in the fall, and on Saturday he started at defensive end for the North. He made two assisted and three unassisted tackles in the game, including a sack of South quarterback Alie for a nine-yard loss midway through the third quarter.

“It’s awesome, got a sack in the all-star game,” Devedjian said. “I love it.”

Devedjian said he has decided to attend Portland Community College, with his sights set on becoming a firefighter.

But what a great experience to go out on. In addition to practices and staying in the dorms at Pacific University in Forest Grove, players enjoyed outings to Big Al’s and Buffalo Wild Wings and also made a stop at the Providence Hospital Center for Medically Fragile Children, among other activities.

“The children’s hospital was really an eye-opening experience,” Sirois said. “It really brought to my attention how thankful I am to be who I am. And then we had a lot of good times, like Big Al’s. I beat Sam Riddle and Trebriel at bowling — make sure you write that in there. It was just a good experience, bonding with different people I’ve never met before.”

As for the game, Sherwood receiver Tanner Shipley received most valuable player honors. He had three receptions for 80 yards and rushed twice for six yards.

Gresham’s Devauntae Hoffman rushed 13 times for 72 yards was named the North back of the game. Tigard’s Zach Floyd earned South back of the game honors thanks to his 14 rushing attempts for 88 yards. He also had two receptions for 13 yards.

Kenion and Sheldon’s Chet Spears were North and South lineman of the game, respectively.



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