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North stars win Les Schwab Bowl

Sandy-resident Ryan Nall rushes for 71 yards and helps the North to a 31-21 win


by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Central Catholic graduate and Sandy resident Ryan Nall celebrates with teammates after Saturdays 31-21 all-star win in the Les Schwab Bowl. HILLSBORO – With the help of a few East County football stars from the Mt. Hood Conference, the North all-stars navigated through a turnover-riddled Les Schwab Bowl to top the South squad 31-21 on Saturday.

The two teams combined for 12 turnovers in the sloppy offensive bout, but the North made their takeaways more crippling. The North defense forced seven turnovers which led to 17 points, capped by two monumental plays in the final minutes.

The first came when Aloha’s Maurice McSwain intercepted a South pass and took it 35 yards for a touchdown, giving the North a 10-point lead with 2:26 remaining. On the ensuing South possession, Centennial’s Nick Clark got involved.

Clark waited patiently on the sideline for most of the game for his opportunity. When his time came, he took advantage. In the last minute, Clark drilled South running back A.J. Hotchkins with everything he had. The jarring hit knocked the ball free and the North recovered to ice the game.

“That was awesome. I was dreading that running back all week. When I saw him coming at me, I knew it was my chance,” Clark said. “It was amazing being able to make that play. I will remember that for a long time.”

Also contributing to the North’s productive day defensively was Gresham defensive end Ben Bachman. Bachman was on the field regularly and helped keep the South’s running game in check. The Southern Oregon University-commit recorded two solo tackles and three total tackles.

On the offensive line, two former foes teamed up and made an impact. Barlow-graduate Garrett Stauffer was in for the entire game at tackle and did a nice job. He consistently beat his man to provide more time for the North quarterbacks.

Former David Douglas Scot Bryson Dizon was also present on the line for the majority of the North’s offensive downs. Dizon – who has committed to play football at Western Oregon – played each position on the line and was particularly productive when working in tandem with Stauffer.

“Honestly, it was a lot of fun playing with these guys,” Stauffer said. “You see them in conference and know they are the other team’s big dogs, so you are doing everything you can to beat them. It is nice to have those guys on your team for a change.”

Wide receiver Quentin Bates out of Reynolds started the game on the kickoff team and as the slot receiver. He had one reception and carried the ball once on a sweep, but did not play much after the first quarter due to a minor injury. Bates is set to play football at Santa Barbara City College in the fall.

Sandy resident Ryan Nall, who was the 6A offensive football player of the year at Central Catholic, was the most productive of any running back in the game. Nall averaged 6.5 yards per carry on 11 touches to finish with a game-high 71 yards. He also had a 13-yard reception and was one of three North players to tally 84 all-purpose yards.

Nall had the flashiest run of the game on the third play of the second half. With the North facing a 3rd-and-3 situation, Nall took the handoff and tried to get around the left edge. He was immediately met by a trio of South defenders, so he changed direction and ran back across the field to the right sideline. Nall then turned it up the field and dashed to a 28-yard gain. The North punched it in for a touchdown two plays after Nall’s highlight-reel conversion.

“I shook the linebacker and ran back, and I knew my guys were going to pick it up,” Nall said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t score, but it was still a pretty good play. It was memorable.”

Nall is headed to Oregon State on a full-ride football scholarship.

“I’m excited. I can’t to get down there and show them what I got,” Nall said. “Hopefully when I get down there I can find a spot on the field.”

The Beavers went 7-6 last season, ending with a 38-23 win over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Oregon State opens the 2014 season at home Aug. 30, against Portland State.

View a photo gallery from the all-star game at parkerlee.exposuremanager.com.