If Colton Albertson and Boogie Davis face off in the 70th Les Schwab Bowl on Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, St. Helens and Scappoose faithful are in for a show.
Albertson, St. Helens' 6-foot-4, 250-pound all-Class 5A senior defensive lineman, will play guard/tackle for the South while Davis, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound Class 6A Westview senior defensive end who helped Class 4A Scappoose to its first state championship appearance in 13 years on the very same field as a junior, will suit up for the North scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and to air live on 1080 The Fan.
"All I can say is I'm really excited to see Colton play in the all-star game," Lions coach Cory Young said. "That kid's worked really hard for four years, and now we get to see him go up against some of the best guys in the state, and it'll be fun to see Colton go to work."
Albertson, the Northwest Oregon Conference Lineman of the Year, helped St. Helens (8-3 overall, 5-2 Northwest Oregon) to a state-low 17 points allowed per game and its first quarterfinal appearance in 20 years, and he and the all-state lines made life a lot easier for all-state seniors Tucker Mosley (a defensive back) and Haidon Allen (a running back).
Davis, an all-Metro League offensive lineman committed to Portland State University, propelled his 10th-ranked Wildcats (8-3, 5-2 Metro League) to a repeat second-round state trip as they scored 35 points per game.
"[It's great to] really just get a better bond with the guys I'm headed to college with [including his North teammates Derek Jackson Jr. (a running back from Century), Jake Porter (defensive end/offensive tackle, Class 6A champion West Linn), Jared Reed (cornerback) and Malik Thirdgill (tight end) from Central Catholic, Rayray West (running back/linebacker, Jefferson] and the South's Anthony Adams (defensive back from Newberg), Nicolas Ah Sam (running back/linebacker, Springfield), Jerin Appling (defensive back/running back, Grants Pass) and Tanner Sallee (linebacker, Class 5A champion Lebanon) and being able to play high school ball one last time, and get together with some of the best guys in the state that I've been competing with my whole life," Davis said.
Joining Albertson and the South are Northwest Oregon familiars Dillon Holliday (offensive lineman, Sandy) and Harrison Steiger (wide receiver/defensive back, Wilsonville).
West Linn head coach Chris Miller and defensive coordinator Darrin McCarty and Lebanon's Coach of the Year Ty Tomlin will lead the troops.
The North and South spent this week together in two practices a day at Pacific University (Forest Grove), and reached out into the community with service projects.
The North leads the all-time senior showdown series 33-32-4, and the Bowl is online at lesschwabbowl.com.
70th Les Schwab Bowl
Who: St. Helens senior offensive guard/tackle Colton Albertson for the South, Westview senior and former Scappoose defensive end Boogie Davis for the North
Where: Hillsboro Stadium
When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Radio: 1080 The Fan
Kicking off: The North leads the all-time series 33-32-4